An excursion to Montgrí Castle

Montgrí Castle is an impressive medieval fortress located on top of a hill in the Montgrí massif, a granite formation that dominates the Empordà plain in Girona, Catalonia. From Camping La Sirena you can organize an excursion to Montgrí Castle and appreciate its imposing beauty.

It was built in the 13th century by the King of Aragon, Jaume II, as part of a defense system to protect the region from possible invasions. The castle was a key fortress in the fight against the pirates that ravaged the coast and its strategic position allowed it to control the surrounding territory.

During the Spanish War of Independence (1808-1814), Montgrí Castle was used as a prison for French prisoners of war. In the middle of the 19th century, the castle was abandoned and became a place of ruins.

In the 1930s, the castle was restored and conditioned as a historical monument and today it is one of the main tourist attractions in the region. In addition, it is an excellent point of observation of the Empordà region and the Costa Brava.

Montgrí Castle is an impressive example of medieval military architecture and an important testimony to the history and culture of Catalonia.

To take an excursion to Montgrí Castle from L’Estartit, you can follow these steps:

  • Previous information: Be sure to check the forecast weather conditions for the day of the excursion and the availability of access routes.
  • Route planning: There are several options to get to the castle, but the most common way is through the GI-644 road, which connects L’Estartit with Torroella de Montgrí. The castle is located on top of a hill, and there is a steep path that leads up to the entrance of the castle.
  • Necessary equipment: Make sure you wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking on steep terrain, enough water for the walk and sunscreen. If the weather is changeable, you can also consider bringing warm clothing.
  • Castle Hike: You can start the walk from the base of the castle, following the steep path that leads to the entrance. Along the way, you will enjoy stunning views of the Costa Brava and the surrounding landscape. The walk can take about an hour and a half, depending on the pace and physical condition of each person.
  • Castle Tour: Once you arrive at the castle, you can explore its walls, towers, and ramparts, as well as the small church inside. You can also enjoy panoramic views of the Costa Brava from the top of the castle.
    Return: To return to L’Estartit, you can take the same path you came from or look for alternative routes that offer different views and experiences.

Always remember to respect the natural environment and follow the safety rules and recommendations to enjoy the excursion to the fullest.

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