Sant Joan Castle is located on top of the mountain that separates beaches of Lloret de Mar and Fenals, and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in Lloret de Mar. It was built in the 11th century, about the same time with the church Mare de Déu de les Alegries. The city, at that time, was subject to numerous attacks by pirates and the castle respectively served as a refuge for the inhabitants of the coastal area.
The castle was destroyed several times – in 1356 after the attack of the Genoese fleet, and during strong earthquakes in the years of 1427-1428 – but each time it was restored. Sant Joan retained its defensive purpose until the 17th century.
In 1805, during a joint war of France and Spain against England, the tower of the castle was severely damaged by a cannon-shot of the English ships. Extremely severe storms in 1840 and 1923 completely destroyed the damaged part of the castle. Building and house construction works on the castle’s surrounding areas, in the 60s of the 20th century, also contributed to its destruction, and only a government decree that recognized the Castle a cultural heritage of the country, saved it from complete ruination.
In 2000 – 2001 years, on the castle site were conducted archaeological excavations, after which, on its territory a museum was founded.
Nowadays, the castle of Sant Joan is open for visits and gives its visitors a unique opportunity to experience an atmosphere of the Middle Ages and learn the history of Lloret de Mar.
The castle is open to the public:
from June to September, Tuesday – Friday, from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00
from October to March, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00
from April to May, Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00
Castle is closed on Mondays, and additionally on December 25, 1 and 6 January
*Entrance fee: Adults – 3 euros; Discount Ticket – 1.5 euros.
*In the summer there are guided tours.