Sant Sebastià de la Guarda
1. Lighthouse Area
You are in one of the most privileged areas of the peninsular Mediterranean coast. For thousands of years, people have come here to guard, live, pray, work, cultivate, walk, celebrate… or simply to contemplate the landscape. Famous people have passed through here, tourists, walkers, devotees, writers, painters… and you. To enjoy the area, we propose a circular walk that will show you all the viewpoints the Muntanya de Sant Sebastià has to offer.
2. Lighthouse Observation Point
This is the most powerful lighthouse on the Catalonian coast, located on a cliff 541 ft above the sea, with visibility of 32 nautical miles. It was opened on 1st October 1857. The work was financed by the Ministry of Development and executed by the engineer José María Faquineto.
3. Divine Shepherdess Observation Point
This observation point opens up over an imposing cliff, offering an impressive, wild Costa Brava landscape. The site is very near a small cave containing an image of the Divine Shepherdess, an incarnation of the Virgin that started in Seville and was made popular in Catalonia by the Capuchin Friars throughout the 18th century.
4. Hostelry Observation Point
The Hostelry Observation Point is one of the most depicted sea balconies on the Costa Brava. It has been chosen by tourists, couples, people meeting and all kinds of groups as the backdrop to capture a memorable time. The blue of the sea separated from the blue of the sky by the invisible line of the horizon form a backdrop for the true protagonist, the Mediterranean light that Antoni Gaudí called the light of harmony or half-light “because it is inclined at 45°, giving the most perfect vision of bodies and a more nuanced assessment.”
In 1441, the Bishop of Girona gave permission to build a hermitage and watchtower dedicated to Saint Sebastian, which is why the building has the form of a church. It was considered a sanctuary to seek protection from epidemics and was the main watchtower within the Palafrugell y Mont-ras defence system to warn of pirate attacks that devastated coastal Catalonian towns until well into the 18th century.
6. Iberian Settlement
The Iberian tribe of the Indigetes built a settlement on St. Sebastian Mountain at an easily defended place that became a true lookout over the territory. It is a small settlement similar to others on the Costa Brava, but with a long chronology dating from the 5th century BC to the 2nd century BC.
7. Saint Sebastian Hermitage
The current hermitage dates back to the 18th century. It was built to expand the space used for worship and pilgrimage. It used to have a Jaume Pol wooden altarpiece that was lost during the Spanish Civil War. It was restored in 1960, acquiring the appearance it has today. The figure of Saint Sebastian is the work of the Gironan sculptor Domènec Fita.
The St. Sebastian Hostelry forms part of a complex built in the early 18th century on the basis of a promise made by the people of Palafrugell to Saint Sebastian to release them from the plague that destroyed the town in 1650 and 1651. It was built thanks to personal contributions and money raised from the people of Palafrugell.
9. Llafranc – Joaquim Turró Observation Point
This observation point offers one of the Costa Brava’s characteristic landscapes that is primarily Llafranc Port and Beach. It is dedicated to Joaquim Turró i Roselló (1944-2003), councillor, bookseller, publisher and promoter of Palafrugell’s cultural life.