Malgrat de Mar is a lovely beach resort in the comarca of El Maresme, with a population of about 18,500, located on the coast between Santa Susanna and Blanes, where the Costa Brava begins.
Malgrat was first populated between the 13th and 14th centuries, when it was known as Vilanova de Palafolls, and the early inhabitants built their houses on the hill called "El Castell", which is now the middle of the town.
Traditionally, Malgrat has been predominantly an agricultural town with considerable maritime commercial activity and, since the 19th Century, an important industrial centre.
Tourist activity began in Malgrat de Mar around 1960 and since then it has been an important tourist destination due to its long sandy beaches, Platja de l'Astillero, located opposite to the tourist hotel zone, Platja de Malgrat Centre, ocated In front of the town centre, and Platja del Pla de Grau, which is the largest beach in Malgrat and runs from Malgrat centre to the mouth of the River Tordera.
Malgrat has a number of pleasant churches and buildings, such as Església de Sant Nicolau, Can Desclapers, Antic Hospital i Capella and the Torreta del castell in the Old Town, and Torre d'en Riera in the Eixample.
The town also has some lovely parks including Pla de Pineda located behind the hotels on the Passeig Marítim and Pla de Grau, which is located to the east of the town, between Malgrat and the Tordera river and is the largest agricultural space in Malgrat. The produce includes fesols del ganxet, a variety of white beans, which are well known on this section of the Costa del Maresme.
An important festival in July is the Festa de Sant Joan i Sant Pau, the people of Malgrat commemorate when the town was saved from the bubonic plague in the 17th century. It's traditional to dance the ball de les moratxes.
By Road: A local road runs from the town to the main N-II road, while the B-682 connects it with Blanes, Lloret de Mar and Tossa de Mar.
By Train: Malgrat de Mar is served by a RENFE railway station on the Rodalies R1 line between Barcelona and Maçanet-Massanes.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Dosrius on the Ajuntament de Malgrat de Mar Website.