Fabregas received warm applause in the Placa de l'Esglesia Arenys de Mar as the local mayor led a tribute to the Arsenal captain for his part in Spain's 2010 World Cup triumph, reports the Daily Mail.
A city policeman remarked that in his 20-year career "I have never seen the place so full."
Of his pass to Andres Iniesta for Spain's winning goal against Holland he said: "It was a very special moment... the most incredible moment of my career which will stay with me for life. I felt an internal explosion of joy."
As he thanked the crowd Fabregas said: "I hope to see you more often and closer."