Easy. Turn-off indicated on Carrer Via Romana (by car) and from the old quarter on foot along Camí del Castell. · http://www.turismehostalric.cat/hostalric-castle/?lang=en
Hostalric Castle is the embodiment of a strategic castle. Set on top of a hill with a commanding view of the road from Barcelona to France and the Tordera Valley, the Viscounts of Cabrera had it operating at full capacity by 1145. In the 13th century it presided over the birth and growth of the town of Hostalric, administrative capital of the viscounty.
From the 15th century, while other castles fell into decay, Hostalric was an asset prized by every army. It had already played an important role in the French invasion of 1285 and continued to do so in the Catalonian Civil War and peasant revolts of the 15th century, the wars with France in the 17th century and the War of the Spanish Succession in the 18th century. Last of all, it was a key element of resistance against Napoleon’s troops in the 19th-century Peninsular War.
As a result of this turbulent history, the castle we see today is in the form of a superb 18th-century fortress. It is a must-see attraction featuring moats, buttresses and tunnels. There is a prepared route for visitors, along with exhibition spaces and audiovisual presentations.