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In the region of the Vallés there are Cugat with its monastery of 11th century and the university of Bellaterra, and Terrasa with some interesting churches: the Romanesque church of Sant Pere with remains of 6th century in its interior, and the one of Sant Miquel with its extraordinary baptistery. The textile museum of Biosca, in the center of this area traditionally dominated by textile industry, reminds of the "industrial revolution". Sabadell offers an interesting paleontological museum and the monastery of Mare de Déu de la Salut.|
In Badalona visit the monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra and the Roman settlement of second century before Christ. There are more Roman ruins in Mataró, a blooming industrial town with beautiful medieval center. A very picturesque village is Arenys de Mar. The name, read reverse: Syrena, siren, points to the mythic mermaids.
Away from the sea, you arrive to the mountain ranges of Montseny, Montnegre and, specially remarkable, Montserrat, the mythic "Holy Mountain", with its Romanesque Monastery de la Verge de Montserrat, famous place of pilgrimage.
Beautiful Sitges, with freshly whitewashed houses and wide beach, is one of the most traditional and beloved holiday places along all the Mediterranean coast. See as well the museum of Cau Ferrat, with a valuable collection of objects of metal, glass and paintings of the epoch of Modernism, and Palacio Maricel, home of a summer-university.
More places to visit from Barcelona are the Casino of Sant Pere de Ribes, the vineyards of Penedés with a wine-museum in Vilafranca and the home of the "Cava", the famous Spanish sparkling wine, Sant Sadurní d'Anoia
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