EL CARRER DE MAR – THE NEW QUARTER
This street was opened in 1499 to favour the access of residents and goods to the sea. Despite the attacks of pirates and corsairs, the transport of people and goods was safer by sea than by roads and rivers.
In 1900 only the two ends of the street were urbanized and the central part was farmland.
In 1859 the train arrived in Pineda, with the consequent traffic of travelers, most of them well-off families from Barcelona, who fled the capital, especially in summer, to spend a few months relaxing in the coastal towns, that is, what we now call summering. It was for this reason that houses such as the numbers 46 and 52, called Cal Comandant and Can Ribera, were built. They are in the Noucentista style, with very symmetrical and sober decorations.
Look! They have a ground floor and a floor with a small entrance or patio in front of it, which is where their owners sat on hot summer afternoons and nights to enjoy the cool breeze and the views of the promenade.
Before leaving, I want you to look at a very particular distinctive feature of this street, the banana trees that embellish it and make it so special. They were planted in 1874, which means that many of these trees, which we can still enjoy today, are no more, no less than 146 years old.
This is our Carrer de Mar, a path that more than 500 years ago connected the land with the sea and that, little by little, was transformed and became the Promenade in Pineda.