Begur sits inland from the coast by roughly four kilometres and is one of the oldest settlements in Catalunya. The town is built around an ancient castle which stands in partial ruin atop a tor, serving as a reminder that Spain wasn’t always the holiday destination of choice.
A short hike up through the confined streets of the town will take you to the castle entrance where a humble sign greets you and guides you along. For Sweep it was an opportunity to leave a calling card, as is his wont being the sociable creature he is.
The pathway winds around the base of the castle and the ramparts loom overhead giving a level of mystery to what awaits at the top. Time, weather and footfall have eroded the peak leaving cracks and fissures below the foundations and yet it still stands strong.
Upon arrival at the top things are not what I expected. The ramparts are very low and the open courtyard is uneven. The place is adorned with viewing telescopes and the panoramas are sensational, but one of the most interesting aspects is the 360° map which has been rendered in ceramic tessellations.
Although cracked and worn the map acts as a compass for all the major points of interest within 100km of Begur. Sadly at the time we arrived it was nearing sunset and my little camera couldn’t get a decent picture due to low light levels.
After taking in the information and gathering a few ideas of places to visit I got down to the business of enjoying the vistas which are among the most spectacular along the coast. From the castle you can see all the way to Montseny and the mountains which ring the Costa Brava. Being there at sunset, watching that huge orange glow disappear behind them was a real treat and I can only imagine that the sun rising would be equally as inspiring.
The castle itself was built in medieval times and was owned first by Arnust de Begur around the start of the 11th century. In 1607 it was sold to the municipality of Begur and remained a jewel atop their crown until 1810 when it was destroyed in the Napoleonic wars.
It is a great relic and a must see for all visitors to Begur.
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