Here you will find a large collection of works by Picasso and other contemporary authors as well as an exhibition of Catalan paintings and sculptures from the early 20th century.
All thanks to Josep Palau and Fabre, writer and specialist in the life and work of Pablo Picasso (he was a personal friend), because the one at the museum is part of his art collection.
Find out about the large amount of things you can do!
Dibuixa la teva família a l’estil picassià.
Have you ever seen a natural source of hot water?
It is water that has passed through hot rocks from the depths of the earth and in Caldes we have one.
This hot spring of mineral-medicinal waters has always been the main attraction of the village: Romans (who called it Aquae Calidae), Arabs and people of all ages and cultures have come to “have the water” to improve their health, which means drinking and bathing in it. And you, will you give it a try?
Visit the thermal spring. At what temperature does the water come out?
The giants of Caldes, Busquets and Fatima, are from a myth that has to do with the hot springs.
The history of thermalism in Caldes is directly linked to the history of the town and goes back to 1219 when, around the thermal spring, a small hospital convent was built to enjoy the curative properties of the water.
From the times of the Romans, who called it Aquae Calidae- to later in the hands of the Arabs, the waters of Caldes have attracted people from all periods and cultures for their healthy properties. No evidence has been found of the existence of the thermal baths any time before that, but one can assume it was already well known.
The closest historical reference to the thermal village we know of today dates back to 1820, when the Public Baths and Caldes d’Estrac were remodelled into a modern, highly prestigious establishment.
The inauguration of the railway, in 1848, between Barcelona and Mataró, which reached Arenys de Mar 9 years later, gave them a notable boost: according to the Local Historical Fund, 72,026 travellers used the new line in 1857. Two decades later, Caldes d’Estrac had become one of the most important summer resorts in the country.
Busquets and Fátima, giants of Caldes, represent two old legend characters related to the thermal waters.
Leonor was a beautiful girl from the village who was captured by the Moors and given to Prince Zeira as a gift. After some time, Leonor was entrusted with the protection of Princess Fatima, who suffered from lepra, a disease that affects skin and bones.
Wise men and doctors could not cure her and the princess got worse. Then, maid Leonor recommended her to go to the thermal baths of her beloved city of Caldes, so they moved there and lived in a tower on the outskirts of the town, known as the “Tower of the Enchanted” due to their mysterious and secret daily expeditions to the thermal baths.
The treatment was a success and, shortly after, the princess was healed and to express her gratitude she granted Leonor freedom. The princess became so happy and full of life that soon she fell in love with Busquets, a distinguished citizen of Caldes, with whom a few years later she had children.
It is a huge garden with centennial trees, many from Africa, Asia and Australia, carried by the friars of the Gabrielist convents of those continents.
Go up the hill! It is a natural lookout point with a lake and the watchtower of the Baron of Can Valls (18th century). Come near the wall and look up at the crown that sticks out. Do you see any holes? These are machicolations.
Machicolations are defensive elements: through their holes they threw stones, burning material or other types of projectiles at the enemy.
Built in the late sixteenth century, it has fortifications and defensive elements at the main facade, can you see them?
Take a good look at its walls and find the “treasure” embedded in them.
It’s where a Civil War bomb was removed that didn’t go off. Did you find it? Then take a picture of it.
The inhabitants of Sant Vicenç are also known as “xurravins”, name of a small, nervous little bird from these vineyard lands! What an honor!
These stones are older than me!
These are enormous granite rocks that, leaning on each other, form a set of caves and corridors, with which the Neolithic humans (4000 BC) used to make huts. Remains of a dry stone wall can still be seen.
What fun the prehistoric children must have had in this natural labyrinth!
The green pearl of the Maresme is cultivated in Llavaneres and neighbouring villages. Do you know what it is?
The first excavations were carried out in 1966 by a group of scholars from the Mataró Museum. In 1986 a campaign of excavations found some fragments of undecorated ceramics with thin walls, some other ceramic fragments decorated with the printing of embossed cords and finally a fragment of flint shrapnel.
One of the characteristics of this site is the existence of wall fragments, between the large blocks of granite stone, which form a kind of wall. This feature is not very common in sites from this period.
It is quite interesting because of its varied collections. You can see old country and home furnishings; radios, cameras and projectors from the late 19th century; and, of course, many paintings and sculptures.
And the house is beautiful both inside and outside: an 18th century farmhouse that Josep de Caralt i Argila transformed into a stately home.
I give you the recipe for our beloved culinary treasure: the coca de Llavaneres (A type of cake). Do you dare to make it at home?
Coca de Llavaneres is a pastry certified with a seal of quality guarantee. It is the finest dessert among the Llavaneres local gastronomy.
It is made of a puff pastry filled with cream and marzipan (made with local almonds) and covered with pine nuts (also local) and topped up with sugar. Its shape is generally rectangular and not excessively thick (usually not more than 2 cm thick).
This type of cake is exclusively made by artisan bakeries located within the town of Sant Andreu de Llavaneres.