Torroella de Montgrí
At the foot of the Mongrí hills and not far from the sea lies the village of Torroella de Montgrí, presided by its impressive castle. It is said that its name derives from the combination of the words "torre" (tower) and "celda" (cell).
The castle stands at an altitude of approximately 300 metres above sea level and it is well worth the hour and a half climb to the top to see the fantastic views of the Empordà.
History has left its mark over the years, but the period which most influenced this village was the Middle Ages, as illustrated by its palace, rampart ruins and towers, not to mention other religious and civil buildings.
The Santa Caterina gateway is the only entrance to have been preserved from the four entrances originally existing in the walls of the medieval quarter. The "La Bruixa" (witch) tower is the only tower remaining today.
The Montgrí mountain offers visitors a wide range of open air activities, such as rambling, mountain biking, birdwatching etc. Its proximity to L’Estartit, opposite the llles Medes (a haven for divers), make it the ideal place for all kinds of watersports.
Top attractions in Torroella de Montgrí:
- "La Bruixa" Tower
- Santa Caterina Gateway
- Lo Mirador Palace
- Plaça Major (main square)
- Sant Antoni Chapel and Sant Genís Church
- Museum of the Mediterranean
- Mongrí Castle
Special dates to consider when visiting Torroella de Montgrí:
- "Festa Major"; 25th August (Sant Genís)
- International Classical Music Festival: August, in the Sant Genís Church
- Sant Andreu Fair: Last weekend in November
Local market; every Monday
This area on the Costa Brava, known as L’Empordanet, is full of small, closely-located villages, each with their own history, visible in many of their old buildings.
About 7 kilometres to the North of Torroella de Montgrí lies Bellcaire d’Empordà, located at the foot of the mountain where the 13th century castle of the same name can be found.
The "Festa Major" is celebrated on 29th August of each year.
The village of Verges, (birthplace of famous Catalans, such as the politician Francesc Cambó or the popular singer Lluís Llach), can be found approximately 4 kilometres to the East of Torroella de Montgrí.
Following the tradition a procession takes place at 10pm on Maundy Thursday every year called La Dansa de La Mort (death dance). This event, dating back to medieval times, is a mysterious, dark and deathly dance by five adults and five children dressed as skeletons. It is well worth seeing, as it is quite different to any other religious processions in the area.
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