Mollet del Vallès has an area of 10.72 km 2 and just over 51,000 inhabitants. It is located 20 km from the city of Barcelona, being the main nucleus of the metropolitan area of Vallès Oriental known as Baix Vallès.
It is a modern municipality, adapted to the needs of our time, with a wide range of public and private services in all areas: educational, cultural, sports, leisure... It should be noted, as regards health, the new Hospital de Mollet, a regional landmark and, in the cultural sphere, the Museu Abelló.
It has a good communications network: roads, highways, railway lines (R2, R2 Nord, R3 and R8), and various urban and interurban bus lines.
Gallecs is a protected rural area in the Plan for Spaces of Natural Interest, of recognized agricultural, natural and landscape values that is considered the green lung of a densely populated metropolitan area. This natural space occupies half of the municipal term of Mollet.
The city also has other jewels to be discovered and known as the Menhir of Mollet, a Neolithic statue-menhir of spectacular dimensions, to the point that, due to its characteristics, it is considered the largest piece in the Iberian Peninsula and in all of Europe. southern; and the Joan Abelló Municipal Museum, located in a modernist building, which houses the extensive work and art collection of this painter from Mollete, with more than 10,000 pieces, including a wide range of Catalan painting and sculpture from the 19th centuries. and XX.
In Mollet, leading fairs and activities are organized in Catalonia such as the International Titelles Festival (April), the Fira d'Artesans (September) and the Sona Mollet, Anna Villaescusa Rebull International Memorial Music Festival (October).
History of Mollet
The documented history of Mollet goes back more than a thousand years with an agricultural past and an essentially peasant population until the first decade of the 20th century, from which it underwent an important industrialization process thanks to the textile sector, mainly silk, and the leather tannery.
Currently, the urban area of Mollet is an important diversified commercial center, with a municipal market (Monday to Saturday) and a weekly market (Tuesdays), family and brand shops, and commercial areas. It also has large green areas, natural, industrial and service areas.
Awards and honours
In 2015, Mollet obtained the European Green Leaf award, for its commitment to sustainability and green growth. In 2017, it was the only Catalan and Spanish city to be nominated European City of Sports. In 2018 Mollet has been recognized as the Best Spanish City in Energy Efficiency by the Fundació Fòrum Ambiental. In 2019, it was the sub-venue of the World Roller Games Barcelona 2019, the largest world event that brings together the championships of all the disciplines of roller sports such as Scooter, Figure Skating or Skateboard. In 2020, Mollet is the municipality with the highest recognition of the Viles Florides awards. And, in 2021, the European Commission recognizes Mollet with the Healthy Lifestyles for Cities 2020 award.
Stroll through Mollet; get lost in its historic center and its commercial center, its wide streets and its familiar and welcoming squares. Enter its parks and make your senses enjoy the nature and art that you will find there. Mollet is a friendly, welcoming, dynamic and civic city. You will feel at ease and, without a doubt, you will be pleasantly surprised.
Places of interest
This building was inaugurated in 2002. Until then, the Town Hall was in the Prat de la Riba square, the square in the historic center, where the modernist fountain by Domènec Sugrañes is also located (cover photo). The new Town Hall is located within the Can Mulà area, an important commercial center of the city. On the institutional façade of the City Hall, the mural that the poet and painter Joan Brossa expressly created stands out. You can see two historical symbols from Mollete, the fish and the waves, inside in an inclined A, which wants to be the expression of humility, the first letter of the alphabet and the gateway to culture and knowledge. This façade faces the Plaza de Pau Casals, a beautiful green hill-shaped square.
Menhir of Mollet
This impressive Neolithic menhir was discovered in 2009 during the construction of the Parc de les Pruneres. It is an extraordinary find in Catalonia. Due to its dimensions, 5 m high and 6 tons in weight, which make it the largest menhir in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the largest in southern Europe. And for its engravings and reliefs, in which a face is recognized, of a hypothetical divinity, which gives it the character of a statue-menhir. It can be seen in the garden of the Can Mulà Library, during public opening hours.
c / Alsina, 1 (Can Mulà park) | Tel. 93 570 16 17 | Entrance to the Can Mulà Library
For arranged visits, call the Abelló Museum, 93 544 50 99
Gallecs rural area
Gallecs is an agroforestry territory of 734 hectares. It is an agricultural, leisure space, with important ecological, landscape, cultural and educational values for the surrounding population. Agriculture is the main activity in space. As of 2005, this activity has been converted, to a large extent, into ecological agriculture and recovery of traditional varieties. Ancient wheats, legumes and cereals are grown, in addition to vegetables. All products are marketed with the Gallecs Product seal, ecological and local, and can be found in the Agrobotiga store.
Masía de Can Jornet Xic (headquarters of the Gallecs Rural Space Consortium)
Agrobotiga, porch of Can Xambrers, next to the Church of Santa María de Gallecs
Joan Abelló Municipal Museum
This municipal museum, housed in a modernist building, houses an important representation of the work of the Molletean painter Joan Abelló, as well as one of the most outstanding art collections on the Catalan scene, the result of Abelló's passion for collecting. The Museum has two permanent exhibitions: one dedicated to the collection fund, with works by artists such as Dalí, Sorolla, Casas, Mir, Nonell, Hugué, Tàpies or Brossa; and the other, to the work of the painter Abelló. It also has an interesting program of temporary exhibitions and a space for the production and dissemination of visual arts, L'Aparador (El Escaparate). A visit to the Casa del Pintor, where Joan Abelló was born, is highly recommended, today converted into an original museum where the thousands of pieces, objects and works of art that he treasured throughout his life are gathered. In the streets of the city we can see Abelló's sculptures, such as the Arlequí or the Garriganga.
c / Berenguer III, 122 | Tel. 93 544 50 99
Mollet has a demonstrated willingness to have parks, very beautiful and carefully maintained. The Plana Lledó park, the dels Colors park, the work of the architect Enric Miralles, the Can Mulà park, the Pruneres park, the Farinera park and the Sentits park. Each of them has its own values and charms, both botanical and artistic. Many of them have a children's play area.
The Parc de las Pruneres, inaugurated in 2011, exemplifies like few others the concept of a park that blends with the landscape. The park merges with the mountains of the coastline, behind, and an original and pleasant optical sensation is produced that we recommend to contemplate.
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