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23rd & 24th June: The Eve and Festival of Sant Joan is held on the Summer Solstice when the sun reaches its zenith

 

23rd & 24th June: The Eve and Festival of Sant Joan is held on the Summer Solstice when the sun reaches its zenith. (Interestingly, for the Catalans, this is considered the beginning of Summer whereas in the UK, for example, it is known as Midsummer’s Eve.

Arguably, it is Catalonia’s and Andorra’s favourite festival. Starting at …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The castle of Peralada: the gardens are open in July and August on the occasion of the International Music Festival of Peralada

The castle of Peralada (cat. El castell de Peralada) is a monument of the municipality of Peralada (Alt Empordà) declared a cultural asset of national interest. It is a castle already mentioned in the 9th century with the name of Castillo Toló, and it was the center of the county of Peralada. It is located …

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The Requesens castle is one of the best examples of neo medieval architecture that are preserved in Catalonia

The castle of Requesens (cat. El castell de Requesens) is located on a hill, which dominates all the southern valleys of the Puig Neulós mountain, about 7 km east of the neighborhood of Requesens. Its territory corresponds to the old town of Requesens in the municipality of La Jonquera (Alt Empordà).

To mention the memorial of …

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The Empordà castle: a large house with an antic square keep tower and the rest built in the 17th and 18th centuries

The Empordà castle (cat. El castell d’Empordà), located in the homonymous town, is a large house with an antic square keep tower and the rest built in the 17th and 18th centuries. It has, however, gothic elements incorporated. It is a large building, which consists of two parts at straight angles, and retains only a …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

The castle of Balsareny is a fortress of a Catalan civil Gothic style, located on top of a hill, over the municipality of Balsareny

The castle of Balsareny (cat. El castell de Balsareny) is a fortress of a Catalan civil Gothic style, located on top of a hill, over the municipality of Balsareny, and dated to 951. It is declared cultural asset of national interest.

It has always been linked to the Balsareny lineage and it is in an excellent state …

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