The Palafolls Castle – a strategic location to control the main road from Girona to Barcelona along the coast

The Palafolls Castle - a strategic location to control the main road from Girona to Barcelona along the coast

The Palafolls Castle (cat. Castell de Palafolls) is a medieval military building located at the top of the Castle Hill in the municipality of Palafolls (Maresme), not far from the coast. The fortress is located on the crest of an elongated low mountain, stretching from northwest to southeast and almost parallel to the Tordera River. Very dilapidated, it was built overlooking the lower course and fertile plain of the Tordera River, in a strategic location to control the main road from Girona to Barcelona along the coast.

The castle became the center of the important barony of Palafols in the County of Girona, whose jurisdiction extended to what is now Malgrat, Palafolls, Santa Susanna and part of Blanes. This building has been declared a Cultural Heritage of National Interest in Catalonia.

The name comes from “Palatiolo” and there is evidence that the site was fortified long before that. In the 13th century, Palafolls Castle was already a large fortress. It is believed that most of the buildings were built between the 12th and 15th centuries.

The ruins of Palafolls Castle date from the late 10th and 14th centuries, when it reached its current size.

The castle plan is elongated and rather complicated.

Located 15 minutes from Calella.

GPS coordinates: 41 ° 40 ′ 43 ″ N, 2 ° 44 ′ 08 ″ E

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