Staying in Arenys de Mar, you move back onto terra firma. The town forms part of the Network of 'Indiano' Municipalities, and it's easy to see why as you walk down from the top of Arenys, following the course of the famous water channel in order to discover the legacy of the Indianos from one end of the town to the other. Arenys was the point of departure for many Indianos, the adventurers who voyaged across the Atlantic in the 18th and 19th centuries to seek their fortune and, if the wind blew in their favour, returned wealthy. Many of them were hugely successful and, once home again, built grand mansions in their native land, some of which are still inhabited while others form part of the municipal heritage.
Perhaps Arenys’ most famous Indiano was Josep Xifré, the very same who gave his name to the Porxos d’en Xifré in Barcelona (Passeig d'Isabel II, 8-16). In his hometown of Arenys Xifré funded a hospital for the poor, a large building in which his mausoleum was also built. Although this is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular constructions on this route, there are others worth discovering, including the Asil Torrent, the palatial El Paraíso, and Can Còrdova. Don’t forget to take a look at the Sinera Cemetery either, a lovely site immortalised in the verses of Salvador Espriu and closely linked to this afternoon’s walk, as some of its majestic vaults are the final resting places for the Indianos of Arenys.