Mataró is the capital and largest town of the comarca of El Maresme and, with a population of over 120,000, it is located on the coast, between Cabrera de Mar and Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, about 30 kilometres north-east of Barcelona.
The town's main feature is its large port, which is one of the most important on the Costa del Maresme, and it also has a number of large city beaches.
Mataró dates back to Roman times when it was small colony called Illuro and the ruins of a first-century BC Roman bath house, known locally as the Torre Llauder, were recently discovered and can be visited.
The coastal N-II highway follows the same path as the original Roman road and nearby are the archaeological remains of the Roman villa of Can Llauder.
Mataró was declared a city by royal decree, even though in the 19th century the population fell short of the requirement for city status.
The first railway on the Iberian Peninsula was the line from Barcelona to Mataró, which was built by by the Catalan businessman and Mataró native Miquel Biada and opened on October 28th 1848.
Mataró is also the birthplace of the architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who designed the town hall and several other notable buildings in the town, including Casa Coll i Regàs, Casa Parera, Casa Sisternes, El Rengle and La Beneficiència.
By Road: Mataró is connected with Barcelona and Girona by the C-32 motorway and the NII national road and with Granollers by the C-60.
By Train: Mataró is on the RENFE Rodalies R1 line between L'Hospitalet de Llobregat and Maçanet-Massanes.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Dosrius on the Ajuntament de Mataró Website.