Hostalric Castle

Tourist information about the imposing castle of Hostalric, the fortress declared Asset of National Interest.
Cardona Castle. Photography: Carquinyol
An imposing military fortress built on top of a hill of volcanic rock, on the banks of the river Tordera, a strategic location that dominates the town of Hostalric and the Camino Real, the former road between Barcelona and France. Both the fortress and the medieval walls of the town have been declared as Asset of National Interest.
The Hostalric Castle, built in the 18th century, is replacing the medieval castle demolished by French troops in 1695, of which only a few traces remains. The original design of the modern fortification is the work of the military engineer Francisco de Santa Cruz. After suffering a hard siege of four months in the year 1810, the castle maintained its condition of military garrison until the beginning of 20th century. Part of the castle is converted into a restaurant.
The current fortification follow the model of military defense of Vauban and is formed by a polygonal bastion, revellines, ramps, gateways, defense towers, ammunition dumps, walls, courtyard, galleries, pit and covered walk.
The castle is accessible through a fortified road, of medieval origin. From the upper part the visitors can enjoy magnificent panoramic views of the region.
Contact
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Contact
Address: Camí de la Fortalesa, s/n - Hostalric (Barcelona) 17450
Tel.: +34 972 864 565
E-mail: turisme@hostalric.cat
Timetable
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Timetable
Guided visits
Saturday and Sunday: 12 am.
Visits à la carte
Pre-arranged visits for groups on any day of the year with prior reservation.
Prices
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Prices
General admission: 5 €
Reduced admission (children from 7 to 12 years old, retirees): 4 €
Special reduced entrance (Groups of students with teacher with prior reservation made between July 1 and August 31, single parent or large families): 1.50 €
Children up to 6: Free admission
How to get
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How to get
By bus. The company Hispano Hilariense has regular lines from Girona to Hostalric.
By train. Hostalric railway station. Lines R2 and R11 of suburban trains (Rodalies)..
By car. AP-7 highway (E-15), exit 10. C-35 Road (Sant Celoni - Hostalric - Maçanet de la Selva - Llagostera).
Location
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Location
GPS: 41°44'37.9"N 2°37'59.6"E / 41.743862, 2.633232
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