Cabrera de Mar is a town in the comarca (county) of Maresme, Catalonia. It is located in a small valley between the hills of Burriac and Montcabrer and gorgeously opens to the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. With its splendid location, Cabrera de Mar allows residents and visitors the unique climate and atmosphere permitted by combination of the highlands and the sea.
Life in Cabrera de Mar centers on the flower and ornamental plant industry. Cabrera de Mar also thrives in agricultural products, and the commercial activity of its region. The maintenance of its economy and commerce is essential because the town connects two larger cities, Barcelona and Mataro, the capital of Maresme. With the industrial construction of roads and railways, the modern history of Cabrera de Mar is closely entwined with that of Barcelona. The drive from Barcelona to Cabrera de Mar is less than an hour.
Cabrera de Mar was founded by a group of Iberian people called Laietans before the Roman conquest. The Laietans settled and fortified the hill of Burriac, making it the capital of that region. Throughout history, Burriac was a strategic location for both political and military activities. Because of its pristine location, Romans built villas and farmhouses in valley of Cabrera. From these farmhouses and villas, the town slowly developed into the peaceful town it is today. In the valley, culture and economics flourished.
Because of its rich history, the tourist attractions of Cabrera de Mar center on old structures, ruins, and the archeological sites. This includes the famous remains of Castle Burriac or Castle of Saint Vincent on top of Mount Burriac, the Parish Church of Sant Feliu (a Late Gothic church with magnificent Renaissance altarpiece and contemporary neo-baroque organ), the Criptopòrtic de Can Modolell (a medieval Roman site), and the Roman baths of l’Arnau (the oldest known Roman baths in Spain).
Some of the villas and mansions have been transformed into hostels in Cabrera de Mar. Cabrera de Mar hostels provide an airy view of both the sea and Burriac Hill. For its quiet way of life and historical significance, Cabrera de Mar draws visitors into its peaceful life in the valley.
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