Located in the north of the comarca of El Vallès Oriental, La Garriga is a municipality of a little over 16,000 inhabitants, which acts as one of the entry points to the breathtaking hills and woodlands of the Parc Natural del Montseny.
It was originally an agricultural village that was a popular summer resort for well to do families from the larger industrial towns, as La Garriga is not only on the edge of some beautiful countryside but is also a spa town.
La Garriga underwent rapid population growth in the 1960s as a result of mass immigration into Catalonia from other parts of Spain and is now well-known for its furniture factories.
The River Congost, an affluent of the River Besòs, crosses the municipality from north to south, which adds to La Garriga's pleasant atmosphere.
The main street is a delightful tree-lined promenade called el Passeig, which dates back to the 19th century and is home to a number of elegant modernista houses. In fact, the modernista architecture is one of the highlights of the town as a whole with many buildings by Manuel Joaquim Raspall i Mayol, which were built between 1903 and 1934 and Casa Furriols is by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who along with Gaudí and Domènech i Montaner is considered one of the big three modernista architects.
You may also be interested in visiting the 1st century BC Roman villa of Can Terrers, which is in the south of the municipality and is considered one of the most important and best conserved Roman ruins in Catalonia.
The old parish church of La Doma dates from the 13th century and conserves both Romanesque and Gothic elements, including an impressive altarpiece depicting the town's patron saint Sant Esteve Protomàrtir, which dates from 1492 and is attributed to the Huguet-Vergós school.
The original Hermitage of Santa Maria del Camí dates from the 10th century although what you see now is mainly 12th century and located close to Can Terrers. It was founded as part of a monastery by Emma of Sant Joan de les Abadesses for her sister Xixilona. Both women were daughters of Count of Barcelona, Guifré el Pilós, and this was a key was part of the repopulation policy of the Catalan Reconquista.
The Festa Major of La Garriga is on and around August 3rd and is in honour of Sant Esteve.
It is also well worth visiting for Corpus Christi when the streets will be decorated with carpets of flowers.
By Road: La Garriga is less than 40 kilometres from Barcelona and easily accessed by the C17 Motorway.
By Train: La Garriga is on the R3 Local Trains line that runs from Barcelona to Puigcerdà.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Aiguafreda on the Ajuntament de La Garriga Website.
AS it is a spa town, there are a number of excellent hotels in La Garriga. Use the map below to search for hotels in the area.