Castle of Sant Joan
In 1378, a ruling was passed in favour of the Bishop of Girona, feudal lord of Lloret de Mar, in a lawsuit against the inhabitants of Lloret, who were refusing to help fund the repair works of the castle, which had been damaged in an attack by the Genoese fleet. The bishop argued that the castle served the population, protecting it from the enemy. That was feudalism.
This same castle, whose construction had been ordered in the 11th century by Sicardis, the first feudal ruler of Lloret, was also damaged by the earthquakes of the 15th century and was bombarded by the British armada in 1805, leaving it in ruins. Further damage was wrought by a bolt of lightning in 1923 and a mechanical digger in 1964.
However, it has since been excavated and consolidated and is now open to visitors. It stands on a 60-metre-high cliff between Lloret and Fenals beaches. Today you can stroll around the remains of its rooms and climb up its 15-metre-high reconstructed tower. It certainly offers you a different perspective on Lloret de Mar.