You’ll be spending the last day of your getaway in Mataró, the capital of the region. The city has an enviable beachfront promenade and spacious beaches where there’s always plenty of room to spread out your towel. You've also got to explore the old town, near the Santa Maria Basilica, as well as shopping areas like Plaça de Santa Ana, Carrer Barcelona and La Riera.
But perhaps one of the most interesting things about the city, at least for lovers of art and of architecture, is the presence of buildings and sites that bring to mind the town’s long history, from the time when it was known as Iluro and was under the rule of the Roman Empire, to Baroque buildings and the era of Catalan modernism with Josep Puig i Cadafalch, a native of the city, as its representative. Even the town’s old knitwear factories allow you to get an idea of Mataró’s rich industrial past – as exemplified by the Museum of Can Marfà – Knitwear, which opened in 2015.
Guided tours on a number of themes are scheduled for most weekends. Another option is to call in at the Tourist Information Office, which is located in the town hall, to ask for an audio guide and visit the town’s attractions at your own pace. You can wander from the Baroque artwork 'Els Dolors', which has recently been restored, to Nau Gaudí, architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch’s first building, where you can see contemporary art exhibitions featuring works from the collection of Lluís Bassat.
You’ll find plenty of restaurants here where you can stop in for lunch. And after your meal, you may well feel like relaxing on the granitic sands of one of Matarós beaches to soak your feet in the water.