Vilassar is a village were relax is breathe everywhere.
Notorious by its shipyards and the trans-oceanic sailing, on sail and steam, where certain Vilassaren families controlled the called Tasajo route (Catalonia-Urugay-Cuba-New Orleans-Catalonia) and founded the pilot school called “Commercial Nautical College” and helds annual indians fair.
With the late XIX & early XX orange trees killed by severe frost and vineyards by phylloxera, the potato crop became hegemonic creating an important Farmers Union. At mid-XX the ultra-carnation introduced by a Milanese cultivation, became widespread and the first cooperative of florists and nurseries in Catalonia was founded. Vilassar became a favourite spot for many Barcelona residents settled here introducing the new modernist forms first and the novecentism architecture later. The most relevant remains in the village are : Plaça Pau Vila, one of the remained three defense post towers bornt to protect from pirate atacs; Can Bassa Modernist house, The Nautical School neoclassical building of the old school of pilots, Can Bisa colonial style family house, Ca l’Amat with the two neo-Arabic style bodies of sgraffito and ceramics, St Josep Temple Church with the bell tower from the XVIII, its exceptional organ and paintings, the two XVIII remained atypical-fisherman’s houses, the first spanish naïf museum that the forgotten Carme Rovira painter left to the village and the Cemetery. The most relevant : Monjo Museum, Marina Museum, St. Josep Temple Church, Nadal Tower, St. Francesc street, Optical Telegraph, Old Casino, Balconies street, St Pau street Houses, Riera dels Corders, Old Mine Museum, Carme Rovira Home-Museum; Cemetery and Taverna Espinaler. The famous Taverna Espinaler deserves a visit. It dates from 1896, when Miquel Riera offered small glasses of wine in his tavern on the National Highway II in Vilassar de Mar to fishermen and workers in the area. In the 1940s, became a winery that in addition offered vermouths, preserves. And then invented the Espinaler sauce, to die for, based on oil, vinegar and paprika, added to all kind of snacks.
We will visit : The XIX – XX Century Modernism Americanos & Indians houses in the little village where the most famous modernist BCN arquitects were holidaying and the fishermen village born in XVI to finish with the little excursion to the XIX Century well-known and praised Espinaler Tavern Warehouse to taste their delicious Tapas.
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