In the coast of Maresme, Barcelona, we find tourist towns like San Pol de Mar. This town's white houses are covering the hills by the Mediterranean, surrounding the church of Sant Pau.
The old Benedictine monastery gave rise to this town, which was named after it. At its wide beaches, the visitor may enjoy the excellent Catalan coastal temperatures, as well as play a variety of water sports and try the delicious regional cuisine based on fresh fish, and organic produce. Old fisherman's houses are located next to the 11th-century church of Sant Pau, which has some sections from the 6th and 10th centuries. The Flamboyant Gothic parish church of Sant Jaume, (16th century) has an ancient defence tower that was turned into a belltower, while inside we can find a Baroque carving by Martínez Montañés. To this architectural repertoire we must add the Modernist public school, and the eclectic Can Planiol. Notice the presence of archaeological remains in the outskirts of San Pol de Mar, such as the Iberian-Roman town of El Farell and the Martina tower.