|• Mayor||Jaume Oliveras Maistany (2015)|
|• Total||3.4 km2 (1.3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||27 m (89 ft)|
|• Density||6,700/km2 (17,000/sq mi)|
El Masnou (Catalan pronunciation: [əɫ məzˈnɔw], Catalan for the new farmhouse) is a municipality in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the coast between Montgat and Premià de Mar, to the north-east of the city of Barcelona, in the comarca (county) of el Maresme. The town is both a tourist centre and a (somewhat exclusive) dormitory town for Barcelona.
The town center has buildings in a wide range of styles: neoclassical, modernista, noucentista and simply eclectic. The municipal museum has collections of archeology and of Catalan ceramics, and there is also a private museum of pharmacy and medicine. A Roman village called Cal Ros de les Cabres was one of the first settlements located on the site of the current town.
Famous Catalan Cellist Pablo Casals lived in El Masnou, and current basketball star Ricky Rubio is a native. Also, Bruno, a professional footballer who plays for Brighton & Hove Albion, was born in El Masnou.
Other famous people who were born in El Masnou are:
- Antoni Llampallas Alsina (1855-1923) Attorney and delegate to the Union Catalanista in the House of Manresa (1892).
- Fèlix Oliver (Masnou, 1856 - Montevideo (Uruguay), 1932), a pioneer of cinema in Uruguay.
- Jordi Pagans i Monsalvatje (1932): One of the most important Catalan contemporary figurative painters. Cousin of the renowned classical music composer Xavier Montsalvatge i Bassols. In his paintings the influence of the Empordà coast, especially the people of Cadaqués, can be seen clearly.
- Lluís Millet i Pagès (1867-1941): musician, founder of the Catalan choir.
- Pau Estape i Maristani: mayor of El Masnou.
- Panareda Clopés, Josep Maria; Rios Calvet, Jaume; Rabella Vives, Josep Maria (1989). Guia de Catalunya, Barcelona:Caixa de Catalunya. ISBN 84-87135-01-3 (Spanish). ISBN 84-87135-02-1 (Catalan).
- Official website (in Catalan)
- Government data pages (in Catalan)
- Historic-artistic heritage (in Catalan)