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Monells and Ullastret - mas torrencito

The towns of Ullastret and Monells are 20 - 25 minutes from Mas Torrencito. Miguel will indicate a route where you can go through secondary roads appreciating the landscape and visiting small villages. It will also tell you where you can eat. have a coffee or a beer.

Monells:

Monells Main Square

Monells, the medieval town of "Eight Catalan surnames". The Girona town keeps its secrets in its streets, houses and porticoed square

The town of Monells was touched with the wand of fortune when director Emilio Martínez Lázaro chose it to record the wedding of the year of "Eight Catalan surnames". This little medieval population With 182 inhabitants and located near the Rissec River, it is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful towns in Catalonia, but where tourism was limited to connoisseurs of the area. Now, thanks to the film, the population regain the place it occupied in the history of Spain.

The municipality of Monells was formed around the 1.102 with the building of Castle of the Bishops of Bas of which today only the walls are preserved.

Strolling through Monells is to go back to its medieval past, when nobles, knights and merchants made Monells one of the most important markets in Catalonia, in fact the magnificent Plaza Mayor was the scene of an old and very important market that was held at the end of the XVII century.

From those times an old unit of measurement is preserved in the square "La Mitgera" which was granted by King Jaime I of Aragon in 1234 to be used as a standard for measuring cereals for the bishopric of Gerona.

For those who decide to go to the town of Girona, they will enjoy getting lost in its streets contemplating the beauty of their houses, the magnificent Porticoed Plaza Mayor and the Church of San Ginés, Gothic style.

Ullastret:

On the Puig de Sant Andreu in Baix Empordà, the Iberian city of Ullastret is the largest Iberian settlement discovered so far in Catalonia. The city, flanked by imposing walls, served as the capital of the entire Indiketa territory, and exploited agriculture, livestock, mines and quarries. It was the center of an important commercial exchange with the Greek city of Empúries, where it exported its products and imported foreign production. Ullastret dominates the gentle landscape of the Empordà and has witnessed one of the most important archaeological finds in recent years: the severed heads of Ullastret.

This exceptional discovery was made in 2012, when excavations in a stretch of street uncovered 15 human cranial fragments, including two interlocking heads. It is a ritual practice of Celtic origin that classical authors such as Posidonius of Apamea or Diodorus of Sicily had already described, which consists in displaying the head of the defeated enemy as a war trophy.

Despite the fact that the Ullastret complex is made up of two Iberian settlements, only the remains of the Puig de Sant Andreu, which correspond to the last stage of occupation of the town by the Indiketas (XNUMXrd century BC). The itinerary allows you to see the Iberian wall largest and oldest in Catalonia, reinforced with six circular towers.

The visitor can enter the rectangular houses from the most modest to the buildings of the most important families (the Iberian aristocracy); You can walk along the cobbled street and discover the water collection system using cisterns dug into the rock, similar to those existing in the Greek colony of Empúries. The spiritual life of the ancient inhabitants of Ullastret has left its mark with the remains of three temples, from the XNUMXth and XNUMXrd centuries BC The set is completed by Ullastret monographic museum, which allows you to interpret the site and learn about Iberian culture in the northeast of Catalonia. The Ullastret complex is one of the headquarters of the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia.

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