La Garriga is one of those towns that allow you to understand the landscape that surrounds it and the uses that its inhabitants have made. The potential as a thermal town has a long history, dating back to the Middle Ages, although it had its peak between the 19th and 20th centuries, along with Modernism. It was then that the spas and the first summer houses were built. The Roman villa, the medieval castle or the air-raid shelter, together with the modernist expansion, complete the offer along with the routes around the surroundings.
La Garriga is located about 40 kilometers from Barcelona, halfway between the Vallesan plain, the mountain ranges of Montseny (Biosphere Reserve since 1978) and the Bertí cliffs.
This privileged situation favors the existence of several contrasting landscape areas. On the one hand, the northern end is markedly forested, converging the Montseny slopes below Can Plans, San Cristóbal de Monteugues and the Santa Margarida hill and, from the west, the Montcau plain, at the abutments of the Bertí cliffs. Overall, this is the most unpopulated strip of the municipality and where the forest cover is thickest.
On the other hand, being arranged parallel to the Congost River and occupying its left bank, the last agricultural landscapes of the municipality survive with a certain entity.
The landscape diversity has made La Garriga a municipality rich in tree species. Taking a first look at the urban center and its surroundings, you quickly realize that the trees star in the landscape, as are numerous private gardens and the most emblematic space of the municipality: El Passeig. This avenue opened in 1878, almost a kilometer long, is shaded by two rows of 272 plane trees.
The town is currently bypassed by the C-17 highway, which connects Barcelona with Vic. Likewise, the railway line that goes from Barcelona to Puigcerdà and the Tor de Querol runs through the municipality.
La Garriga is known throughout Catalonia for its modernist buildings, the furniture industry, sausage, hot springs and Corpus Christi.
Places of interest
- old town
- Casal de Rosanes
- Romanesque chapel of Santa Maria del Camí
- The Roman Villa
- The Dressage
- Anriaeri Station Shelter
- Rosanes airfield
- Raspall Island
- The walk
- Can Raspall
- Monsteny Park
- The Hot Well and the thermal waters
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