Medieval markets are very popular these days. Hostalric fair takes place over a weekend, coinciding with Easter Saturday and Sunday and organizes various cultural and recreational activities, which are divided into two main areas: the first (which is not medieval, but much later, of the XVII-XVIII) with falconry, archery and theater and the typical craft market where you can buy bread or artisan-made sausages, plus a host of gadgets. As you can see from the photos, last year the weather was not great, but the program of activities is broad and well suited to the area. Hostalric is a beautiful setting for this type of activity.
I usually visit the Plaça dels Bouls frequently. You can tell what time of day it is by the type of activity going on in the historic center, the type of cars parked in the area, people walking on Main Street to the city, the corner bar and the small playground. It is usually a meeting place.
Arara Tower is the best preserved part of the walls of Hostalric. It was restored about ten years ago and the interior can be accessed by a spiral staircase. For a while it was used as a prison and it was here that the Patriots took refuge to fight the French in the War of Independence. Due to its height it's a good place to appreciate the fortifications of the lower city. Access is by the coastal path starting at the Puerta de Barcelona.
Strangely, after so many years living 5 minutes from this town, this is the first time we went. At 5pm there was a little magic show aimed at younger children, a snack and then the giants came from several nearby towns. Many of them were uniformed, with printed t-shirts. Some giants are funny, like the Hostalric Friar, with his long arms who looks drunk and giant women, some with a beautiful face, moving to the rhythm of music.
The Walled Precinct follows the course of the old fourteenth century road. 600 Meters are preserved and some areas are currently under renovation. On completion it will be beautiful and you will be able to see what transport in the Middle Ages must have been like. Some of the towers are also preserved, including the Barcelona Portal, one of the four entrances to the city. On the wall there is a narrow road that is known as the coastal path, which connects the various towers, now all restored.
Hostalric is located on a basalt crag overlooking the wide Tordera river valley. At its base, following the meandering river, extends a flat area. A tour of the area lasts about three hours and includes part of the Plaça dels Bous, where an information sign gives the relevant recommendations. The duration is about three hours and the degree of difficulty is low and is suitable for people of all ages and conditions. The route takes us through farmland and forests in an area of lush vegetation. In our passage we find some historic buildings as a mill or a former forge and enjoy splendid views of the fort.
I'm passionate about books and when I get somewhere I quickly identify bookstores and libraries, and so it was when we got to live in the region of Selva. The Biblioteca Modest Salse i Camarasa occupies what is known as Can Llensa, a contemporary building on the top floor of the main module, there is a café-bar and some offices on the ground floor with a hairdresser, an area for young people and information. I usually go with my son every two weeks, not only to search for books, but to hear story time, a children's activity that invites professionals to tell stories to children. I like the interior architecture of the library, it is double height with open spaces and the vertical elements that surround the ladder - it makes this place ease on the eye.
The building that is today the town hall was the convent of the Friars of the Order of St. Francis of Paula. It is opposite the Tower of the Friars and was occupied by monks from 1610-1835. The building maintains a small tower, which formed of the walled, and closed the road via Camino Real towards Gerona. In addition to the town hall there is the tourist office and open rooms with objects of historical character.
I only got know Relliguer Cave a year ago, before that whenever I passed the gate was locked, however, on a local holiday there was free access and I was able to see the place. It is quite tight to get in, dark and ultimately it is a small room (6m2) but what matters is its story. It is said that the place was used to hide Jewish families who came together to pray back in the fourteenth century when only Catholicism was permitted in Spain.
The Barcelona Gate is located in the upper area of the historic center and was the main entrance to the walled city from Barcelona and from the fort. The door, the walls and the tower was restored in 1969 and it currently offers a fairly good idea of what the entrance to the medieval town was like.
MercaArt is a monthly event that is held every first Sunday of the month at Plaza dels Bous, Hostalric. It is organized by the city and is where a group of artists and craftsmen meet to sell their products. We were there this past Sunday and took advantage of the market would be related to the time of carnivals. A few places in the area next to the park sell handmade jewelry, paintings and crafts. The market is from 10h to 15h, and usually there is a terrace with a musical atmosphere.
Gifts Grans/Grans Dones is an exhibition organized by the Institut Català de les Dones and now you can visit it in the Room Frigola in Hostalric Benet. The exhibition, dedicated to women, shows posters which talk about work support, solidarity, family and non-violence. It highlights the work of older women whose work has been important to society. Now, for the dates of the Working Women's Day, this show is even more relevant.
Behind the station, there is a beautiful neoclassical building that is visible from the c-35 as it passes through Hostalric. Initially this 3-storey house was the second home of a bourgeois Barcelona citizen. The house retains its original structure, including windows in the neoclassical style. Can Ciurana, as it is known, is identified as a heritage site within the region of the Forest.
In Plaza de la Vila, on the corner of Calle Mayor, there's a building now known as the Pharmacy, where appropriate locals works. The building dates back to the fifteenth century and is of late medieval origin, its size and sobriety characterize it as one of the the old town's main assets. The structure, after subsequent interventions, is in excellent condition and has successfully integrated contemporary elements without damaging the original image. It is worth noting the framed access stone with semicircular arch and window work (mainly on the side that's on the main street), which still retains colonnades with capitals.