Mataró, with about 130,000 people, is the capital of the Catalan comarca of Maresme in the province of Barcelona. The city is located about 30 km northeast of Barcelona on the Mediterranean coast, on the so-called Costa del Maresme, and is still considered a suburb of Barcelona.

The history of Mataró dates back to Roman times. The Roman name of the place was Iluro. From this period still exists a Roman villa, the Torre Llauder from the 1st century BC.

The first railroad line in Spain, inaugurated on October 28, 1848, went from Barcelona to Mataró.

The world-famous modernist architect Josep Puig i Cadafalch (1867-1956) was also from Mataró.

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