Arenys de Mar is one of the major municipalities in the Maresme. With an area of 6.5 square kilometers, the census of January 1, 2012 counted a population of 15,030 inhabitants. Despite the proximity of the Barcelona metropolis and demographic changes in recent years, Arenys de Mar has retained its small-town character because it has experienced balanced growth. Arenys de Mar has a wide range of social activity and local residents feel very proud of their village.
The town center of Arenys de Mar is located 40 km from Barcelona and is well-connected by highway N-II and the C-32 motorway. The suburban train (line R-1) makes the trip to Pl. Catalunya in the center of the city in 50 minutes. Highway C-61 links the town inland via Collsacreu, with the AP-7 motorway (Sant Celoni exit). The Montseny massif is nearby and the Corredor-Montnegre Natural Park is only a few kilometers from town. Girona is 60 km from Arenys and Montserrat is an hour and a half away. The distance to Barcelona Airport is 56 km and the Girona-Costa Brava Airport is 40 km from Arenys.
The port of Arenys is one of the most important on the Catalan coast. It is the clearest example of the village’s long maritime history and tradition. Virtually the entire fishing fleet of the region is concentrated here. The fish auction that takes place every afternoon when the fishing boats return to port is a picturesque spectacle that draws many visitors. Fish and seafood from the market in Arenys is prized throughout Catalonia, especially the prawns. In autumn local restaurateurs hold a gastronomic event known as Calamarenys, whose main protagonist is the Arenys squid.
The entire coastline of Arenys is bordered by extensive beaches framed by hills that run right down to the sea, offering a preview of the neighboring Costa Brava. The port has a large area reserved for yachts with modern facilities to accommodate passing vessels. During the summer, many sailing boats anchor here on their Mediterranean journeys. The shipyard, which in the past was responsible for building much of the Catalan commercial fleet that sailed to the Americas, is still an important local industry.