The industrial Revolution

The industrial Revolution

Catalonia, together with the Basque Country are the only two areas in Spain that during the second part of the 18th century already joined the Industrial Revolution from the United Kingdom. But it will not be until the 19th century that it becomes much more evident. In Catalonia it will be the textile industry (with cotton first and wool second) that will take on more importance.

Due to the difficulty of obtaining coal in Catalonia, another rural industry will be developed taking advantage of the hydraulic energy provided by the Ter and Llobregat rivers. This new industrial model will promote the creation of industrial colonies, a central phenomenon and very characteristic of Catalan industrialization. The industrial colony constitutes a production unit, an industrial town, which is dedicated to the cotton textile industry, generally located near the river. It has houses where workers live, it has certain services that meet the needs of the population but also respond to the interest to achieve stability and control of the workforce. The complex is presided over by the church and the tower of the master, where the owner of the colony lives. The relations of production and social life are governed by the absolute predominance of the owner's property.

Of the almost hundred textile colonies that exist in Catalonia, we will not find two alike; they have been and are still living towns that have evolved over more than a hundred years of life, like the rest of towns and cities in our country.

 

150 years of the railway from Tarragona to Martorell

2015 marked the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the railroad that connected the lands of Penedés and Tarragona with Barcelona. This construction involved…

Read more

The leather path in Igualada

The Anoia is one of the interior regions of Catalonia, located at the eastern end of the Catalan Central Depression, where Igualada exerts its capital. Igualada…

Read more

Cork route in Cassà de la Selva

The route of the cork in the village of Cassà de la Selva is the best way to discover the elements of interest in the urban area. The history of Cassà…

Read more

Textil colonies in Berguedà

On this route, from femturisme.cat, we invite you to visit an important part of our heritage: industrial colonies. Specifically this route focuses on textil colonies…

Read more

Vapors, factories and cooperatives of the industrial Mataró

This guided tour will allow us to know the rich historical heritage of Mataró: steamers, factories and cooperatives, and also the protagonists that made…

Read more

Itinerary through the factories of Santa Maria de Palautordera

This excursion is framed within the municipality of Santa Maria de Palautordera, at the gates of the Montseny Natural Park, to learn about the industrial reality…

Read more

The Baix Llobregat, a trip through history

The route offers you this month femTurisme lies south of the Baix Llobregat, a region full of historical heritage, natural and monumental, but often absorbed and…

Read more

The paper path for Catalonia

Knowing which is the papermaking process or as this has evolved over time are some of the intricacies that can be removed to make the route that we propose this…

Read more

Establishments

Museu del Ferrocarril de Móra la Nova

Móra la Nova

Located in the old railway facilities Mora la Nova, where you can…

Read more

Museu de les Mines de Cercs

Cercs

Dedicated monographically to coal, it is a museum of technique and history…

Read more

Museu de la colònia Vidal de Puig-Reig

Puig-reig

The visit to Colonia Vidal de Puig-reig allows us to capture how…

Read more

Related events

Steam Fair of Sant Vicenç de Castellet

28/05/2022 - 29/05/2022

Sant Vicenç de Castellet

The Steam Fair recreates daily life in Sant Vicenç de Castellet between 1868 and 1923, when the railroad and the beat of the textile factories went with…

Read more

Miner's Festival in Ogassa

29/05/2022

Ogassa

The Miner's Festival in Ogassa returns one more year. The party will include an Open House at the Ogassa Coal Mine Museum (MuMco ). The main use of coal from the…

Read more

Sea of Fils in Canet de Mar

Canet de Mar

In 1859, Canet had some shipyards where ships and frigates were built. When the railway arrived, they disappeared. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the textile facet…

Read more

Textile fair in Salt

Salt

In tribute to all the workers of the textile factories saltenques, the City Council of Salt, together with the Neighborhood Neighborhood Association, organize the…

Read more

Industrial Tourism Week in Catalonia

Terrassa

Restless minds, your week is here! Industrial Tourism Week is back to discover how things are done! Because Industrial Tourism Week is a unique opportunity to learn…

Read more

Guided visit to the Hemalosa space

Santa Maria d'Oló

Enjoy a 2km walking route to the Hemalosa space of Santa Maria de Oló to discover the transformation that the town had since the appearance of the textile…

Read more

News

Win two tickets at Aqualeón Water Park Costa Daurada

Read more

Raffle: Mona Foundation

Read more

Deals

Taste the vintage

Celler Masroig (El Masroig)

Read more

16.50 €

Dinner with stars - ENIF

Parc Astronòmic Muntanyes de Prades (Prades)

Read more

60.00 €

Events

Nature Week in Sant Celoni and La Batllòria

27/05/2022 ...

Read more

Hippie route in Ripoll

27/05/2022

Read more

Subscribe to our newsletters!

You will receive our monthly newsletter with new routes, promotions, sweepstakes, etc.. on your email!