Postcards from Mataró

Catalonia, Spain

From Premià de Mar, you could go south west to Barcelona, or northeast to Mataró, a town of some 120,000, and that’s what we did today.

It used to be a textile manufacturing town. It saw the very first railway in the whole of Spain run between here and Barcelona in 1848. It’s still a prosperous and busy town.

We saw an exhibition of Catalan gigantes, those colossal figurines and heads processing on ceremonial occasions through the town, and later, in local shops, gigantic Playmobil figures on display, for – er – Playmobil week. Mainly we hunted down Modernista architecture. But that’s for another day …

22 thoughts on “Postcards from Mataró

  1. You find the most extraordinary things! I especially like the playmobile figure, who would be hard to miss of course. But he doesn’t appear to be standing in a toy shop as one might expect. Interesting… 🤔

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  2. For some time our son had a Catalan room mate, so he told us much of the culture, and differences between Spaniards and Catalans:)

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