Montgrí and the castle built on its summit dominate the scenery of Torroella de Montgrí. The hills highest point lies about 309 metres above sea level and is only six kilometers from the beach. On a nice and cool day, the walk up the hill takes approximately an hour. From up there, the view onto the bay of L’Estartit and Pals and the Isles of Medes is breathtaking.
King Jacob II meant to have Montgrí Castle constructed there – but his plans never came true. All that was ever built were the walls and four round lookout towers. In 1988, the castle was restored and the lookout towers are no open to the public as view points.
The town itself, Torroella de Montgrí, lies cradled at the mountain’s base, at the banks of Ter River. With its old palaces and medieval mansion’s, the town is well worth exploring during a morning stroll through shaded alleys. In 1273, the town was declared as kingly and was offered the right to hold markets. The Old Town is thus dating back to the Middle Ages. It used to be surrounded by a city wall and most of it Toroella de Montgrí has some architectural treats you do not want to miss. There is the gothic parish church named Sant Genís, the Can Quintana with the associated Center for Medieval Culture and the Les Bruixes tower which dates back to the 15th or 16th century. Other points of interest are the city’s gate, named after Santa Caterina and built in the 14th century and the Roman Sant Antoni Chapel on the arcade-fringed Placa Major. The El Mirador palace was constructed between the 9th and 14th century. Now used as a luxury hotel, it is situated on the Paseo de l’Esglesia. An international music festival is held in Torroella de Montgrí every year.
There is a market each Monday, but the small Old Town is a good place to go shopping any day of the week. Freshly caught fish, sun-kissed vegetables and fruit from local farms and delicious cheese and sausages can be bought in one of the many endearing dairies. And for those on the lookout for fancy dresses and accessories – there are a number of boutiques in Torroella.
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