The Chapel of Sant Maurici is much loved by the inhabitants of Caldes, but the building we see today dates from the 19th century. Its origin is found in the adjacent ruins, which belong to Malavella Castle, the centre of feudal power in Caldes from the 11th century to the 14th century. Here, you can make out the ruins of another chapel, which in all likelihood was the predecessor of the present-day one.
Quite a large amount of castle ruins remain and we can see that it had a square floor plan with chamfered corners strengthened by towers. It is not in the history books, but legend has it that the walls and towers were demolished once the inhabitants of Caldes were able to rid themselves of the tyrannical old lady of the castle, the Mala Vella (Wicked Old Lady), who had the macabre custom of eating the well-cooked, tender hearts of the town’s children. Legend, history and heritage come together at one of the main landmarks of Caldes de Malavella.