Vilabertran is a small community bordered to the north by the Muga and to the south by the Manol. The first reference to the town comes in the 10th century. An important monastery, Monestir de Santa Maria de Vilabertran, was built there on the foundation of a smaller capella. Eventually becoming a Canonica, the grounds now cover a large expanse, including the Esglesia, monastic quarter, a grand garden and the Palau de l’Abat. The largest decorated silver processional cross in Catalunya, the Vera Creu, is kept there.
The Ajuntament of Vilabertran is located within the Torre d’en Reig. It is a modern building, but there are many early buildings in the area, as well, with typical gothic and medieval adornments. By gothic adornment, I don’t mean a black trenchcoat or black nail polish and a nose ring. ;-p
The area is threaded with irrigation canals that feed the large quantity of agricultural entities in the area. Hence, since 2000, on the third weekend of September, they celebrate La Fira de l’Horta i la Poma de Relleno, in coincidence with the Festa Major de Sant Ferriol. Poma de Relleno is an apple stuffed with sausage and baked by the ladies of the town.
The Sons del Mon (Sounds of the World) is a music, gastronomy and wine fair held every in the l’Hort Prior (Priory Gardens). In 2013 it was held in the month of July. There is also a festival honoring the famous composer, Schubert: the Schubertiada, held on the grounds of the Canonica. The other Festa Major is celebrated in August, honoring the town’s patron saint, Santa Maria. For such a tiny town they certainly stay busy with the festivals.
Portal de l’Aigueta 20c It looks old! 42°16’39.4904 02°58’11.7078
Canonica de Santa Maria de Vilabertran (Monestir) 11c 42°16’54.836 02°58’45.0981
Torre d’en Reig (modernista) 19c 42°17’0.8725 02°58’46.7203
Font de l’Abat (Rentador de la Font) 5c 42°16’53.7859 2°58’37.8562
Can Gil 15c 42°17’00.8368 02°58’52.8519
hmmmmmmmm 42°17’02.8442 02°58’50.5248
Like Vilabertran next door, Cabanes is a largely horticultural town, lying on a highly fertile alluvial plane between two rivers, the Muga and Llobregat. The area is subject to occasional inundations due to the proximity. Settlement may go back as far as Roman times, but there is no hard evidence to this point. The town is first mentioned in the 9th c texts. A castell was built in the 11th c, but only the clock tower remains.
There is also a town called Cabanes in the Plana Alta comarca, Pais Valencia, that has a 2nd c Roman triumphal arch, in case there is any confusion.
In January, the Festa Major de Sant Vicenҫ is celebrated and in May, the Festa de Sant Isidre.
Xemenia de la Fabrica de Dinamita 19c 42°17’34.1169 02°57’41.0985
Casa 5 Carrer Colom 14c 42°18’30.237 02°58’40.7433
Mas Ribas 18c 42°18’11.8056 02°59’00.7794
La Torre (Castell de Cabanes) 12c, 14c 42°18’25.2383 02°58’37.9044
Esglesia de Sant Vicenҫ 19c 42°18’25.7524 02°58’39.4977
Casal del 20 Carrer Canal 16c 42°18’27.9876 02°58’39.5749
Ca l’Avia 16c 42°18’28.2089 02°58’38.3486
Porxada (portico) del Carrer Canal 19c 42°18’27.9376 02°58’38.1748
Ermita de Sant Sebastia 18c 42°18’26.1952 02°58’41.1585
Esglesia del Monestir de Sant Feliu de Cadins 12c 42°18’24.3385 02°57’35.3822
Casa de Can Vanover 17c 42°18’27.5734 02°58’41.0813
Esglesia del Cementiri 5c 42°18’23.1245 02°58’49.9551
Another excellent historic blog:
Catalan translation of the day:
gener – January
febrer – February
marҫ – March