Premià de Mar is a municipality in the comarca of El Maresme located on the coast between El Masnou and Vilassar de Mar about 20 km north-east of Barcelona. It has a population of around 30,000 and is both a tourist centre and a dormitory town for Barcelona.
The town began life as the fishing neighbourhood of Premià de Dalt, then Sant Pere de Premià, in the early 19th century and grew slowly over the next century.
It wasn't really until after the Spanish Civil War that Premià de Mar began to become a popular summer resort and the town has boomed as a tourist centre since the 1960s, which has resulted in a considerable growth in size.
The long sandy beach is Premià de Mar's main attraction and the marina makes it particularly popular with yachtsmen.
The town centre has buildings in a wide range of styles, including neoclassical, modernista, noucentista and simply eclectic and the church of Sant Cristòfol with its baroque doorway with maritime motifs deserves a special mention.
By Road: Premià de Mar has been historically very well connected with the rest of the comarca and with Barcelona thanks to old Camí Ral (Royal Way), which is currently the N-II main road. Communications improved in the 1970s with the construction of the Barcelona-Mataró section C-32 Motorway.
By Train: Premià de Mar is on the Renfe Rodalies R1 Line from Barcelona to Maçanet-Massanes.
If you understand some Catalan, you can find up to date news about Dosrius on the Ajuntament de Premià de Mar Website.