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The medieval summer spectacle in Besalú (mercat Medieval) and Castelló d’Empúries (Terra de Trobadors)

Mercat Medieval in Besalú and Terra de trobadors in Castelló d’Empúries

For many years, Besalú and Castelló d’Empúries have been celebrating traditional medieval festivals.

Mercat Medieval in Begur

Besalú, once a safe place to retreat to when pirated threatened to take over the coast, is protected as an old castle, even today. The high bridge leading to the town’s huge gates stands guarded by towers, and is regarded as the town’s emblem. The town itself is ideally suited for any­one interested in the Middle Ages. Until the late 15th century, a Jewish community has been living there. By accident, an almost totally intact Mikwe (a ritual bath) was found in the Jewish Quarter much later.

Terra de trobadors Castelló d’Empúries

Every year, Besalú travels back through the times, a thousand years back into a world full of magic and mystic. A weekend later, Castelló d’Empúries does so as well. Daring knights will grab the lance then, saddle their horses and join the joust for their beloved gentle­woman, applauded by the mob. Catalonia’s medieval festivals are great fun for the young and young-at-heart.Re-enactments of medieval jousts are not all there is, no, there also are tasty delicacies, skilled craftsmen, talented musicians and funny imposters on the streets and plazas. Spectacles in abundance! The town’s inhabitants are dressed in antique costumes and have decorated the streets and plazas according to the festival. Everyone is invited to join. Dare a leap in time!

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