Walls of Hostalric
Between 1242 and 1243, Viscount Guerau V of Cabrera signed the letter of settlement of Hostalric and obtained a licence from King Jaume I to hold a market there. A thriving town was born, crossed from one side to the other by the Royal Way. It soon became the administrative, legal and economic capital of the viscounty of Cabrera, one of the largest and most powerful lordships in Catalonia. It would remain so for 600 years.
The historical importance of Hostalric is clearly reflected in its walled area. Over 600 metres of walls have been preserved, fortified with eight magnificent towers, not to mention the Hortes Gate to the south and the Frares Tower to the east, which stands 30 metres over the town’s Raval district (an area located outside the town walls). If you want to explore one of the key elements of the county’s history and heritage, you simply must climb up the towers, which have been adapted for visitors, and follow the route around the walled town.