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In ancient times, Sant Miquel Festival was one of the most crowded festivals in the county of Selva. Farmers and cattle breeders would converge on the Plaça dels Bous and hundreds of people filled the town’s streets.
As a result of the Spanish Civil War the festival stopped being held and entered a period of decline. The tradition was revived in 1990 and since then the festival has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of the most popular celebrations in the town.
It takes place on the last weekend in September and offers visitors the chance to enjoy different cultural and fun activities, such as children’s shows, a correfoc (where groups of people dressed as devils parade through the streets with lit fireworks), exhibitions, theatre, guided tours and arts and crafts stalls..
The first weekend of July is celebrated the Feast of Hostalric. During the celebration you can enjoy different activities: sardana dances, religious trade, sports competitions, correfoc, night dance, among others, and for children, shows and children’s activities and fairground attractions.
In November, the town hosts the urban descent with MTB bicycles “Hostalric Downtown Casteldown”, which runs through the streets of the old town.
The route is carried out by emblematic places and of great tourist interest of the municipality, taking advantage of the descents of the highest districts to the lowest, as well as the existing architectonic elements and the urban furniture. Additionally, added elements such as ramps, wallrides, cars, trucks, etc. are set up, making it a very spectacular and spectacular route.
The descent takes place in the morning and you can see those from the streets of the town. The test consists of two reductions, exhibitions and a delivery of prizes at the end of the day.
Year after year, Hostalric becomes a medieval town on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Holy Week, with a large market, characters and activities reminiscent of this period. The Hostalric Medieval Festival aims to commemorate the splendour of the town’s medieval past, that was the centre of the extensive Viscounty of Cabrera.
The festival is mainly celebrated in two locations: the Fortress and the town’s medieval quarters. The latter becomes a large crafts and food market, where you can find the most authentic cold meats, hand-crafted sweets, cheeses and a variety of food options, as well as other products and attractions. The stalls are located along the Carrer Raval and in all the Carrer Major, from the Frares Tower to the Porta de Barcelona.
At the Fortress, you will find the medieval camp, the exhibition of artefacts and elements of the period. Guided tours of the monument are offered at a reduced cost during this period.
Activities are also significant during the festival, and throughout the day children’s workshops, theatrical performances, demonstrations of trades or music will take place, and you will also have the opportunity to visit the patrimonial elements of the town free of charge. One of the most important activities is a grand medieval feast with entertainment.