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Legends

Here is a collection of some of the legends and lore of Llagostera. Set in the old quarter, the stories allow us to share part of our town’s historical and cultural heritage and to appreciate our rich tradition.

We invite you to share a good walk around spots enclosed by walls, landmark buildings and streets rich with a special atmosphere.

You will not walk alone, though. If you follow the route marked on the map, you will find the places where the stories in this booklet took place and discover the secrets of the town and its inhabitants. Feliu and Seculina will guide you through time and space and relive these -sometimes true and sometimes fictitious- stories preserved by oral tradition until local authors wrote them down in the twentieth century.

Enjoy the walk and the stories!

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Museum Vilà

The Museum Foundation Emili Vilà houses a valuable collection of works by Modigliani, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas, Goya, Picasso, Corot and Rousseau as well as works by the local painter Emili Vilà Gorgoll who settled in Paris in 1906 and became a successful painter of portraits and posters.

The painter Emili Vilà i Gorgoll (1887-1967) was the founder of this museum where most of his most important works are displayed. Emili Vilà was highly celebrated in France, where he spent most of his life. He is recognised as a portrait painter and poster designer. He is the author of the works Affiches du Clos du Postillon, Palmolive, Fayard, Renaud, Marie Brizard, as well as the posters Le Timbre Antituberculeux and La lutte contre le Cancer...

He painted portraits for Presidents of the French Republic, ministers and magistrates as well as artists such as Fernandel, Jean Gabin, Charlie Chaplin, and dancers from the United States...


His magnificent landscapes can be seen in the museum as well as his early and late works.
With the Museum Emili Vilà i Gorgoll, the town of Llagostera pays a tribute to one of its sons.    
Visit by appointment.

http://www.museuvila.com

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Urban Parks

Parc de la Torre

The park is located between the streets of Canalejas, Barcelona and Constància. It takes its name from the Albertí Country House, which stands by the park and has a defence tower and a chapel. The park has a wide green area of trees and bushes and a children’s playground. It is the site of many open-air balls and summer festivals.

Parc de l’Estació

Located on Passeig Romeu, the park has a wide green area as well as a playground and basketball court. The following municipal facilities can be found in the park:

-       Tourist Office l’Estació

-       Primary Health Care Centre (CAP)

-       Office of Municipal Shelter “La Farinera”

Wi-Fi service is also available throughout the park. It allows for two hours of free Internet use.  

The Green Route of the Narrow-Gauge Railway crosses the park and is one of the most visited parts of the route. It is a good starting point and/or point of arrival.

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Near Llagostera

Llagostera is very close to the main touristic attractions of Girona and Costa Brava while at the same time enjoys a privileged location in a quiet and comfortable area away from the first line of beach and close to the mountain. It is well connected and allows reaching the best touristic areas in a short time.


Mostra un mapa més gran

 

Tossa de Mar: 20 km | Girona: 20 km | Platja d’Aro: 17 Km | Sant Feliu de Guíxols: 15 Km | Calonge: 23 Km | Figueres: 63 Km

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Weekly market

Every Thursday from 8:00 to 14:00 the weekly market of Llagostera settles on Passeig Pompeu Fabra. There are stands of fruits, vegetables, clothing, olives, and sausages.

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Festa Major

May - June

The Festa Major de Llagostera is the celebration in honour of the patron saint and the town’s major festivity. It is celebrated seven weeks after Easter, on Whitsun. During five days Llagostera enjoys its leisure time and shows off the town, casting an identitarian signal as well as one of tradition and modernity. The activities of the Festa Major include Sardanes (the traditional Catalan dance), balls, concerts, theatre, correfoc (a run in the streets under fireworks), tents of the village’s entities, carts race, sausage competition, and hot chocolate for children.

 

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Architectural heritage

Llagostera has an important architectural heritage part of which, as it is the case of the Wall, has been listed as Item of Cultural Interest. A walk through the old quarter of Llagostera allows visiting a number of buildings of historical interest. The Wall Route includes, among others, the parish Church of Sant Feliu (seventeenth century), the Castle (fourteenth - fifteenth century) and the viewpoint of the Plaça del Castell, from which there’s a panoramic view of Les Gavarres and the pre-Pyrenees. Along the streets of the centre of Llagostera there are many Modernist and Noucentist style buildings, as well as others built during the economic boom derived from the cork industry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which are also part of the Architectural Route.

Town Council, Castle and Wall. The origins date back to the twelfth century but the rests that can be seen today belong to a powerful fortified complex from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries from which there remain three towers. The current Town Council has preserved the fifteenth century vaults in its Plenary Hall.

Sant Feliu Parish Church.
 There are references to the church from the year 855, although the current building dates from the seventeenth century. It has a rectangular nave and a polygonal apse. Noteworthy is the gateway of Catalan Gothic style. The niche contains a reproduction of an image of Saint Felix that replaces the original, which was lost during the Civil War.

Casino Llagosterenc. 
EIt was built in Noucentist style in the mid-nineteenth century, at a time when there was an important associative movement linked to the cork industry. The original building (1891-1903) was replaced by the present one in 1936.

The Albertí Tower 
It is an example of the Masies or country houses of the sixteenth century. This Masia displays a defensive watchtower and a chapel from 1588.

Ca les Vídues
 (Widows’ House).
 House built in the sixteenth century. It was home to the widows of a prominent family who lived there in order to be near the church. In 1957 it was donated to the Town Council.

Can Coris 
És un clar exemple de com era la residència d‘un empresari del suro. Correspon a l‘època més esplendorosa de la indústria (de finals del s. XIX i principis del XX).

L‘Agrícola Modernist house built in 1903 to host entities and associations. It was the site of the Centre Regionalista and the Agricultural Chamber

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Discovers Llagostera

Llagostera has an important architectural heritage part of which, as it is the case of the Wall, has been listed as Item of Cultural Interest. A walk through the old quarter of Llagostera allows visiting a number of buildings of historical interest. The Wall Route includes, among others, the parish Church of Sant Feliu (seventeenth century), the Castle (fourteenth - fifteenth century) and the viewpoint of the Plaça del Castell, from which there’s a panoramic view of Les Gavarres and the pre-Pyrenees. Along the streets of the centre of Llagostera there are many Modernist and Noucentist style buildings, as well as others built during the economic boom derived from the cork industry in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which are also part of the Architectural Route.

Town Council, Castle and Wall. The origins date back to the twelfth century but the rests that can be seen today belong to a powerful fortified complex from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries from which there remain three towers. The current Town Council has preserved the fifteenth century vaults in its Plenary Hall.

Sant Feliu Parish Church. There are references to the church from the year 855, although the current building dates from the seventeenth century. It has a rectangular nave and a polygonal apse. Noteworthy is the gateway of Catalan Gothic style. The niche contains a reproduction of an image of Saint Felix that replaces the original, which was lost during the Civil War.

Casino Llagosterenc. It was built in Noucentist style in the mid-nineteenth century, at a time when there was an important associative movement linked to the cork industry. The original building (1891-1903) was replaced by the present one in 1936.

The Albertí Tower. It is an example of the Masies or country houses of the sixteenth century. This Masia displays a defensive watchtower and a chapel from 1588.

Ca les Vídues
 (Widows’ House). House built in the sixteenth century. It was home to the widows of a prominent family who lived there in order to be near the church. In 1957 it was donated to the Town Council.

L’Agrícola. Modernist house built in 1903 to host entities and associations. It was the site of the Centre Regionalista and the Agricultural Chamber.

Llagostera stands out in the county for its extensive offer of cultural and social activities. Some of these activities, such as the Mushroom Fair, the Threshing Fair and the Roman Market go beyond the local level. In the summer there are open-air dances, concerts and theatre.

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Fairs & festivals

Llagostera stands out in the county for its extensive offer of cultural and social activities. Some of these activities, such as the Mushroom Fair, the Threshing Fair and the Roman Market go beyond the local level. In the summer there are open-air dances, concerts and theatre.

FAIRS

The Roman Market

On Palm Sunday, the Roman Market offers to the visitors a trip back in time to visit a market of traditional products, a roman military camp, shows of archery and belly dancing, horse activities, gladiators fights, children games, a fire show, roman gastronomy and many other activities.

The Threshing Fair

At the end of July Llagostera holds the yearly Reaping and Threshing Festival. The collectives of peasants, farmers and hunters of Llagostera promote the festival to showcase their work and the tradition from which it derives. Among the scheduled activities there are threshing exhibitions, log cutting competitions, a meeting of antique cars and motorcycles, traditional music, parade of giants, commercial fair by the Shopkeepers Association, cow milking competition, etc.

Mushroom Fair

It is the fair par excellence of the Girona area. Each year on the second Sunday of October Llagostera celebrates its Mushroom Fair with activities throughout the day at the town’s old quarter. There’s a traditional market, mushroom hunting competitions, talks, conferences, exhibitions, prize-giving ceremony... The Fair celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2012 with an attendance of more than 15,000 visitors.

 

FESTIVITIES

Sant Antoni Abat

Janaury

The festivity of Saint Anthony Abbot is celebrated on the saint’s day -17th January- or the closest weekend if it falls on a working day. The celebration holds a parade with horses and carriages as well as a blessing of all kind of animals in plaça Catalunya and goes on until midday in Avinguda de l’Esport.

Carnival

February

The Llagostera Carnival Parade has become popular in recent years and displays over thirty floats and groups from a number of towns.

Pilgrimage of Panedes

This traditional pilgrimage is organised by the hiking club Bell-Matí. The gathering takes place at the hermitage of Panedes and grounds of the neighbourhood.

Festa Major

May - June

The celebration in honour of the patron saint of the town takes place seven weeks after Easter, on Whitsun. During five days Llagostera enjoys leisure time and shows off the town, casting an identitarian signal as well as one of tradition and modernity. The activities of the Festa Major include Sardanes (the traditional Catalan dance), balls, concerts, theatre, correfoc (a run in the streets under fireworks), tents of the village’s entities, carts race, card games competition, and hot chocolate for children.

Summer Solstice and Saint John’s Eve

June - July

Llagostera celebrates Saint John’s Eve and Saint James every year. The night before Midsummer Day the skating club Club Patinatge organises a dinner and open-air dance at Parc de la Torre. True to tradition there are firecrackers and rockets fired throughout the town. Saint James is celebrated on the closest weekend to the saint’s day - 25th of July- with an open-air dinner and popular dance organised by the Casal P. Llagosterenc at Parc de l’Estació.

Saint Christopher

July

The festivity of the patron of motorists and drivers, on the 10th of July, is celebrated on the closest Saturday to the saint’s day. The celebration includes a parade of decorated cars ending with a benediction. At night there’s an open-air popular dinner and dance after which prices are given to the best-decorated cars.

Summer Festivals

There are many activities during the summer at different locations of the town. Everyone is invited to participate in the open-air dinners and dances, singing of Havaneres, Sardana dances, open-air concerts or the walk by moonlight organised by Bell-Matí. The Casino Llagosterenc organises every Friday of July and August a series of terrace concerts at Plaça Catalunya.

Christmas Activities

December - Janaury

The Christmas season is complemented by the many activities organised by the Culture Department of the Town Council together with town entities. One of the most popular is the popular race of Sant Esteve, on the 26th of December that attracts one thousand runners..

Link to town council agenda:

http://www.llagostera.cat/agendallista_titols.asp

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