Sant Sebastià

de la Guarda

Historical Site

Sant Sebastià de la Guarda Historical Site

The Sant Sebastià de la Guarda Historical Site is the testimony to the fact that the privileged location has been occupied for at least 2600 years. You can visit an Iberian site (from the 6th to the 1st century B.C.E.), a 15th-century watchtower (Cultural Good of National Interest), a hermitage, an 18th-century inn and a 19th-century lighthouse. All of these reside on top of a mountain with cliffs over the sea and with one of the best panoramic views of the Costa Brava. If the day is clear, the view reaches the Pyrenees.

The Watchtower (15th century) served to monitor the coastal area to protect it from possible corsair and pirate invasions, which were very frequent during the 15th and 16th centuries. This is why it was built on a strategic place (above a cliff, 165 m in height) from where a broad maritime border could be surveyed. Throughout the building’s more than 550 years of history, various reforms have been made. In 1441 the building was authorised for use as a hermitage. This religious function is certainly the reason for its irregular floor, semicircular (apse) on the east side and straight on the west side. The openings have also been modified, the accesses among the floors and pavements have been improved. In spite of this, it truly preserves the original ambience.

EXHIBITIONS AND ACTIVITIES

DURING THE VISIT

During the summer of 2018, the new Visitor’s Centre on Mount Sant Sebastià was opened again for the public, formed by an information booth and an exhibition space, where the aim is to stimulate visitors’ interest in discovering the mountain’s heritage to strengthen its historical identity and the “Route of the Overlooks”. You can discover this route through the app which can be downloaded through this link.

VISITOR SERVICES

·  Visit inside the tower
·  Tourist information point
·  Exhibition space with free entry
·  Audiovisual about the Mountain of Sant Sebastià
·  Start of the “Route of the Overlooks”
·  App for the Route of the Overlooks of Sant Sebastià de la Guarda
·  Art exhibit inside
·  Access to the terrace
·  Binocular loan to observe the countryside
·  Store
·  Services

SCHEDULES

From 16 to 30 June, July, August and from 1 to 16 September
From Monday to Sunday 10:00 to 13:30 and 17:00 to 20:30

Easter Week, weekends in April, May, from 1 to 15 June, from 17 to 30 September and until 14 October
Easter Monday: 10:00 to 14:00

From Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00
Sundays and holidays (Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1 May): 10:00 to 14:00.

Rest of the year
Open for groups with prior appointment by calling Tel. 972 307 825

HOW TO ARRIVE

By car
From Barcelona to Palafrugell it is 135 km. Visitors should take the AP7 highway in the direction of Girona/France and take exit 9 (Vidreres / Lloret) in the direction of Sant Feliu de Guíxols and Platja d’Aro on the C-35, continue in the direction of Palamós (C-31) and take exit 331 Palafrugell Sud. From the border with France to Palafrugell it is 80 km. Visitors should take the AP7 highway in the direction of Barcelona and take exit 6 (Girona Nord), go in the direction of La Bisbal / Palamós (C-66) and take the exit for Palafrugell South. Follow direction “platges” (beaches) and, once in Llafranc, take the road following the signs for Far de Sant Sebastià.

By bus

Julivia Tourist BusFrom the end of June to the middle of September, this bus allows passengers to easily travel to the most emblematic parts of the town (Palafrugell – Llafranc – Tamariu – Calella), including Sant Sebastià Cape. You can consult the prices, schedules and routes here.

PARKING

There is a free parking on Urugay street, just a few meters from the Site.