L'Ametlla del Vallès is a small town with a population of about 8,400 inhabitants in the comarca of El Vallès Oriental, which is located about 35 kilometres from Barcelona to the south-east of the Cingles de Bertí (Serralada Prelitoral), just before the Montseny massis.
Traditionally, L'Ametlla was a popular holiday town for the Barcelona upper-classes and is now one of the towns with highest standard of living in Catalonia.
The area around the town combines the landscapes of the Vallès plain, which is very agricultural, and another more mountainous as the land rises towards the summit of the Cingles de Bertí.
Although mainly residential, L'Ametlla has two industrial zones in Montguit and Mas Dorca.
Not surprisingly, the town has a number of very nice buildings, including the parish church of Sant Genis Mártir, the Catalan modernist Ajuntament building, and the country houses of Can Draper, Can Xammar de Dalt and Can Xammar de Baix.
There's also a Winter Festival that coincides with Tres Tombs on the second weekend in January.
By Road: If you're coming from the Barcelona area, take the L'Ametlla del Vallès turn off on the C-17 motorway, which is about halfway between Granollers and Vic.
By Train: You can take the Rodalies R3 Barcelona-Puigcerdà Line and get off at the stations in the neighbouring municipalities of La Garriga or Les Franqueses.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Alella on the Ajuntament de L'Ametlla del Vallès Website.