In the shadow of Montseny, in the Vallès Oriental, the town of La Garriga stretches across the province of Barcelona in which it embraces visitors with the passing of time. When you visit this resort, it is like going back to the early twentieth century. To enjoy the best of what this town has to offer, especially in terms of artistic architecture, you should closely relate it to Barcelona and Gaudí.
The Catalan Modernism has innumerable references outside the capital, La Garriga being one of its main highlights. This muncipality is located 40 kilometres from Barcelona and is known throughout Cataluña as an important centre for the furniture industry, mainly because its carpets are produced every year on the occasion of Corpus Christi. But certainly among the highlights of its historical, artistic and cultural heritage is the throbbing modernist essence that runs through its main streets.
In the early nineteenth century La Garriga was the chosen summer resort by many families of the Barcelona bourgeoisie. The urban development of the area was set to improve services and infrastructure which reached the greatest splendor after the arrival of the railway.
This data is important for understanding why the catalan modernism was to be experienced in this place and continue to grow in the region of Vallès Oriental. The social status of La Garriga forced the construction of buildings to rise so developers began erecting buildings that were inspired by the predominantly European aesthetics from Art Nouveau to art deco.
Today La Garriga has managed to retain much of its modernist buildings, but has adopted a more popular character. Families with children and retired couples have all managed to find their homes in this town and settle down.
The residents of this town can boast that La Garriga is undoubtedly the summer capital of modernism and public institutions have been responsible for preserving and promoting its architectural wealth to keep that title year after year.
In the Tourist Information centre, you will receive all the information necessary to delve into the town's history through its iconic buildings. Villas and mansions such as Can Raspall, Can Barraquer Villa Trianon, Can Reig, Can Barbei, La Bombonera are all the best of La Garriga. A place where the magic of modernism left its mark on undulating facades, wrought iron balconies, mosaics and stained-glass windows where time stopped forever.
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