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Medieval castles to discover on the Costa Brava

Medieval castles to discover on the Costa Brava

14.04.2022 Culture

On the Costa Brava you can find spectacular medieval castles from the time when the lands of Girona were the border between the Arab and Christian worlds. Some of them have remained in runes, but others still retain all their splendor. Keep reading and discover them in our post!


Peralada Castle (Peralada)

This spectacular castle located in the town of Peralada, in Alt Empordà, was built in the 14th century by the viscounts of Rocabertí, after their fortress located in the highest part of the primitive nucleus of the town was destroyed during the crusade against Catalonia. The castle was the main residence of the family until the 19th century, when they moved to Paris.

Declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest, the Peralada Castle has undergone several reforms and extensions over the years, although it still preserves the oldest part of the castle, the two towers that flank the entrance.

Since 1979, the castle has housed a popular casino; Its gardens, designed by the landscaper Duvilliers in the 19th century, host the Castell de Peralada International Music Festival every summer, and the Museum of Glass and the Library are located within the museum complex.


Montgrí Castle (Torroella de Montgrí)

Located in the town of Torroella de Montgrí, in Baix Empordà, the Montgrí Castle is a military fortification built between 1294 and 1304 by King Jaime II. It is located on top of the Montgrí Massif, a small mountain with an altitude of 315 meters located just 6 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea. From there, spectacular panoramic views of the Empordà coast and Canigó, a popular mountain range located in the Pyrenees, are achieved.

The castle was built between 1294 and 1302 by Jaime II as a control point for his domains in front of the county of Empúries. The works were interrupted at the beginning of the 14th century and only the walls of the square plan, the moats and the cisterns, as well as the four cylindrical towers that surround it, were built.


Castle-palace of the Bishops of Girona (la Bisbal d’Empordà)

The Castle-Palace of the Bishops of Girona, popularly known as La Bisbal Castle, is located in the center of the town of la Bisbal d’Empordà. It is a building of Romanesque origin from the end of the 12th century and, as its name indicates, it was the residence of the bishops of Girona.

It constitutes an extraordinary proof of the civil architecture of the Middle Ages, for which it was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1972. Although during the 19th century it was used as a prison, it currently houses the Regional Historical Archive. In addition, from its upper terrace you get an excellent panoramic view of the city and the Empordà plain.


Castle of Sant Joan (Blanes)

The Castle of Sant Joan in Blanes, also known as Forcadell Castle, is located at the top of the city's Sant Joan mountain, just over 170 meters above sea level.

With a walled enclosure 23 meters wide by 34 meters long and a tower with a cylindrical base about 15 meters high, the castle was built as a defensive bastion and as a lookout against pirate attacks.

Currently, one of the main attractions of this place are the spectacular views that are achieved of the coast of the Costa Brava and of the entire municipality of Blanes, as well as the Sierra de las Gavarres, the coastal mountain range or Montseny.


Castle of Sant Joan (Lloret de Mar)

The Castle of Sant Joan in Lloret de Mar is located at the top of the hill that separates Lloret de Mar beach and Fenals beach. Its origins date back to the 11th century, when the lands were under the domain of Sicardis de Lloret.

The castle tower was bombarded by the British army in 1805, during the Battle of Trafalgar, and the fortified area was completely destroyed and fell into disuse. Currently, only the foundations of the homage tower, the east wall, some vestiges on the south side and several silos excavated in the rock are preserved.


Castle of Tossa de Mar (Tossa de Mar)

Although almost nothing remains of the Castle of Tossa de Mar, located where the lighthouse is located, it is worth visiting the Wall of Tossa de Mar, declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument.

It is located in the old town of the municipality, being Tossa de Mar the only example of a fortified medieval town that still exists on the Catalan coast. It was built between the 12th and 14th centuries as a defense against piracy and has a perimeter of about 300 meters. 


Accommodation on the Costa Brava

If you are a lover of castles and medieval architecture, at Rosamar Hotels you will find the best hotels to stay during your holidays on the Costa Brava.

Hotel Rosamar Maritim, Hotel Rosamar Garden Resort and Hotel Rosamar & Spa, located next to Lloret de Mar beach, are perfect for family trips or trips with children, while Hotel Rosamar Es Blau Adults Only (+16) and Hotel Rosamar Maxim Adults Only (+18), also located in Lloret de Mar, are ideal trips as a couple or with friends.

Discover the best corners of the Costa Brava with Rosamar Hotels!

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