Exploring the treasures of Terrassa
I cant remember Terrassa saying anything special to me. I did hear of it countless times, but I dont know why it never catched my attention. This will sound like an obvious thought, but its true: we never get to know a place or its people until we actually go there. I think that our notion of a place we havent visited is, most of the times, far from reality. Even worst is that sometimes, the most we know this, the most we tend to forget it. Terrassa and its people have changed completely my perspective of the place, so it reminded me once again how true that is.
“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” Aldous Huxley
Terrassa is located only 20 km from Barcelona and it has 215.000 inhabitants. Its home of one of the most important samples of Catalan Modernism, the Minyons (The most important Castellers colla in Catalonia), the MNACTEC Museum (a rare Industrial textile modernist factory) and it is home of la Seu d’Ègara, collection of three historical churches dating from 450 AD. All three churches St Peter, St. Michael and St. Mary are breathtaking.
Everyone at the Terrasa Tourist board that I had the pleasure to meet (Anna, Angels and Silvia) were extremely welcoming, and what is very impotant, very involved in making Terrassa inclusive, both for its citizens and foreign travelers. The whole city centre is very renovated, practically every sidewalk and every street had ramps and touring the city was easy. The streets are flat and the guide knew an itinerary to avoid steep slopes, plus everything is close and easy to reach. La Seu is the only part slightly distanced but it can be easily reached by car.
Terrassa has a very deep connection with the history and growth of Catalonia, north-east region of Spain, since what happened in Terrassa represents the course of events that also happened in the rest of Catalonia, related with the mix of civilizations, religions, art movements, ups and downs of economy, textile industry boom, civil war… We could say Terrassa is a small Barcelona in a way. And that makes it interestign as well, if we look at the context behind we could say you are visiting Barcelona in a smaller scale.
Terrassa is calm but still lively and fun. The city hosts the International Jazz festival of Terrassa just before spring time, and the Modernist fair of Terrassa, when the whole city dresses up with the modernist epoque customs and celebrate together remembering old traditions from the past.
All in all Terrassa is a city undiscovered, and full of treasures. It is a really worth visit for anyone wanting to scape from the touristic beathen path of Barcelona, it comes totally recommended for explorers.
Any specific question about the accessibility of Terrassa please just ask me.
Daniel from Accessible Spain Travel.