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Coat of arms of Maresme
Coat of arms
Localització del Maresme.svg
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Capital Mataró
 • Total 396.9 km2 (153.2 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 414,081
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
Demonym maresmenc (m.)
maresmenca (f.)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Largest municipality Mataró
Montcabrer, comarca of the Maresme

Maresme (Catalan pronunciation: [məˈɾɛzmə]) is a comarca (county) located along the Catalan Mediterranean coast in Spain, between the comarques of Barcelonès (at the Southwest) and Selva (at the Northeast), and also bordering with Vallès Oriental (at the west).

Its capital and largest city is Mataró (pop. 119,035 in 2007).


Maresme's territory occupies a long and narrow area between the Mediterranean Sea and the hills of Serralada Litoral (Catalonia's coastal mountains), and specifically Montnegre's and Corredor's hills in the northern half and Sant Mateu's hills in the southern half. This particular shape has conditioned both the geography and the history of this comarca. Probably the main distinct elements of its geography are the characteristic rieres (torrents). These short, intermittent water streams, which cross the comarca transversally almost every hundred meters, produce powerful and dangerous floods when it rains.

Canet des de els Tarongers

Maresme has been historically very well connected with the rest of the comarca as well as with Barcelona thanks to old Camí Ral (Royal Way) (actual N-II main road) and railroad (The Barcelona–Mataró railroad route, finished in 1848, was the first ever in all the Iberian Peninsula). Communications were enhanced in recent years with the construction of the C-32's Barcelona–Mataró section (1969), which was the first autopista (highway) ever in Spain, and its subsequent enlargement, the Mataró-Palafolls's section (1995).

Restaurant de la Misericòrdia, Canet.
Riera Sant Domènech, Canet
Canet, Skies Modernists


Municipis del Maresme.svg

Total Maresme's population in 2007 was 414,081.[1] Populations of municipalities as of 2006 are listed in the table below:

Municipality Population (2006)
Alella 8,998
Arenys de Mar 14,164
Arenys de Munt 7,807
Argentona 11,402
Cabrera de Mar 4,269
Cabrils 6,698
Caldes d'Estrac 2,672
Calella 18,034
Canet de Mar 13,181
Dosrius 4,658
Malgrat de Mar 17,822
El Masnou 21,935
Mataró 119,035
Montgat 9,778
Òrrius 487
Palafolls 8,061
Pineda de Mar 25,568
Premià de Dalt 9,788
Premià de Mar 27,590
Sant Andreu de Llavaneres 9,745
Sant Cebrià de Vallalta 3,075
Sant Iscle de Vallalta 1,193
Sant Pol de Mar 4,904
Sant Vicenç de Montalt 5,267
Santa Susanna 3,019
Teià 5,969
Tiana 7,417
Tordera 14,017
Vilassar de Dalt 8,476
Vilassar de Mar 19,052


  1. ^ Populations are from 2007's Spanish INE.

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Coordinates: 41°31′N 2°18′E / 41.517°N 2.300°E / 41.517; 2.300