Hostalric is a town and municipality in Spain, of the Selva comarca,(Catalonia). It is part of the subregion of Baix Montseny.

Hostalric was, in the past, an obligatory passage area on the North-South route and the only natural path between Girona and Barcelona. In some surveys, done on the castle hill, remains from the Iberian period were found. In Roman times an internal division of the Via Augusta passed through this place. The remains of this route were found when the road to Sant Hilari Sacalm was built. The town of Hostalric seems to have originated with a hostel, documented from the 11th century on the site of Onota, at the foot of the so-called Camino de Francia (ancient Roman road). The toponym Hostalric is a joining of ‘hostal’ and ‘ric’ (cat. rich). The first clear documentary record of Hostalric is from 1106 and in it Guerau Ponç, viscount of Cabrera, swore fidelity to Ramon Berenguer III of Barcelona. More history see here

Festivals and traditions

● The Festa Major of the city is celebrated on the first weekend of July
● The medieval market and fair is celebrated on Easter weekend
● The Giants Festival (from cat. La Festa Gegantera) is celebrated on the weekend closest to May 1
● The Sant Miquel Fair is celebrated on the last weekend of September
● Weekly market: Tuesday

Tourism and main sights

  • Walls and Castle of Hostalric
  • Mas Ciurana building
  • City Hall of Hostalric
  • Parish church of Santa Maria of Hostalric

  • Square of the Bulls, or Place of Cattle
  • Can Llibre building
  • An apartment in carrer del Forn, 7
  • An apartment in carrer Higini Negra, 2
  • Can Fortuny building in carrer Verge dels Socors
  • Can Silvestre Humet building
  • Can Elias, o Can Riera building
  • Can Coma, o Can Busqueta building
  • Can Calls building
  • Can Plans building
  • Ateneu Popular d’Hostalric building

Cuisine and restaurants

There are more than 15 restaurants of a fairly high quality in Hostalric. Prices are cheaper than in Barcelona and Girona. Mostly located within the borders of the Old Town.


Shopping in Hostalric is not a priority on the tourist program. Only on weekends city bazaars and fairs, which traditionally take place on weekends or on some public holidays in the main square, can be of tourist interest. At the fairs, in particular, you can come across exclusive products grown in the region. Among them are some well-known wine and cheese brands in Spain.

Shortest distances

From Girona 39 min (40.5 km) via AP-7

From Lleida 2 hr 12 min (222 km) via AP-2 and AP-7

From Tarragona 1 hr 38 min (158 km) via AP-7

From Barcelona 55 min (69.9 km) via AP-7

From Madrid 6 hr 43 min (671 km) via AP-2 and A-2

From Andorra 2 hr 38 min (192 km) via C-16

Main information

Area: 3.4 sq. km

Coordinates: 41° 44′ 53″ N, 2° 38′ 10″ E

Population: 4139

Languages: Spanish, Catalan

Currency: euro

Visa: Schengen

Time: Central European UTC +1

See here Catalan travel guide

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