El Masnou, which is Catalan for the new farmhouse, is a beach town located on the coast between Montgat and Premià de Mar, to the north-east of Barcelona, in the comarca of El Maresme. It is both a tourist centre and a dormitory town in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area.
The town centre has a number of interesting buildings in the Neoclassical, Modernista, Noucentista and other styles while the municipal museum has collections of archeology and Catalan ceramics, and there is also a private museum dedicated to pharmacy and medicine.
A Roman village called Cal Ros de les Cabres was one of the first settlements located on the site of the current town.
Like much of this section of El Maresme, the agriculture of El Masnou is mainly of flowers, especially carnations, and the town has an important textile industry as well as producing ceramics, glass and pharmaceuticals.
El Masnou's main attractions for the visitor, though, are its lovely beach and the excellent marina facilities close to the centre of town.
The strong seafaring tradition in the village have left a remarkable nautical tradition, with a wide range dedicated exclusively to sailing with the Nautical Club services, the Nautical School and the Sailing School.
The Festa Major of El Masnou is in honour of Sant Pere on June 29th. Since 2015, it goes under the slogan of "Terra, Mar i Foc" (Land, Sea and Fire), the three foundational elements and the Pregó or main speech is on the beach, la Platja d'Ocata.
By Road:The main N-II road runs through El Masnou, while a local road links the town with the A-19 motorway at Alella.
By Train: The RENFE Rodalies R1 line that runs from L’Hospitalet (Barcelona) to Maçanet-Massanes has two stations in the town: El Masnou, facing the port and Ocata, both located between the beach and the National II.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Dosrius on the Ajuntament de El Masnou Website.