HISTORY

THE CASTLE OF VILASSAR DE DALT – 1000 YEARS OF HISTORY

Placed at the top of Vilassar de Dalt lies the Castle, with its large cylindrical Homage Tower surrounded by big ramparts. The history of the Castle date back as far as the X century to the present date considered as a unique standard of Gothic architecture. Before the XIII century it already had some of its enclosing ramparts and one of the minor towers which still holds to this day. Also in that time, the castle was expanded  by adding a square tower on the rampart. In XIV, under the dominion of the De Bosch family the renovation turned the Castle into a palace by the agency of bays on to the previous ramparts. The decoration on the front rampart, dates back to the end of the XV century. There are some embellishments that were added which date back to the XVI century which got eradicated, with great taste, in the reforms carried out in 1956 by the Sarriera family, owners since the XVIII century to this date.

The oldest Castle in Catalonia

From its main sun facing rampart, we can see the confines of the property, with a spectacular sea view and from the rear of the Castle, one can see, the mountains that shelter it. Enveloped by beautiful gardens located in different grounds, with olive trees, laurels, pines and magnolias, we can behold a rampart which serves as a foundation for the mound, continuing through the Murrel garden we arrive at the drawbridge placed over the moat that leads us to the main entrance. Before we enter the patio to arrive at the beautiful interior facade with its powerful square tower on your right and chapel on your left, raising your gaze, we encounter the second rampart embellished with crenels and arrow slits . Four asymmetric windows of different sizes are spread out , two placed at the noble floor and two at the top. They are a refined example of Catalan Gothic style.

Last steps take us through the main entrance onto a small gateway, with ceilings made of wooden beams and a lower archway which takes us to the interior patio holding the majestic cylinder homage tower, so big that it dominates the ensemble of the fortress and can be seen from different areas of the region all the way to the sea. To the left there is an open stone stairway which takes us to the Castle’s main floor . Another door takes us to the beautifully conserved palace living rooms .