Nestled in the hills above the Maresme town of Cabrera de Mar stands a small castle. It is easily visible from the coast and rather dominates the landscape as you look up into the Maresme hills. The sinuous roads wind up from the town and, if you keep a careful eye out for the signs, they will point you in the right direction. Alternatively, fail to notice them and meander through the streets aiming generally uphill and you will eventually find yourself on the correct road!
There are a few places alongside the dusty track to park up. Continue on upwards though, beyond the point where you think you have gone wrong, and you will find a large car park. From there you have a climb of about 20-30 minutes if you are fit, longer if you are not.
On a glorious sunny day the views stretch out past Mataró to the north and to Barcelona to the south. The whole of the Costa de Maresme stretches out before you. The path is easy to follow and it’s quite straight forward finding the right route up to the castle.
Castell de Burriac is not a huge fortress. It is simply an old Roman tower with a few surrounding walls. Nevertheless, it is well worth the effort of climbing up to have a closer look. It is believed the original construction dates back to 1017 AD and the castle was in use until the end of the 18th Century. Major preservation work was carried out in the 1990s and the rewards of those labours can be seen today.
Once there you may find yourself surrounded by people. At the weekend it is a very popular place to stretch the legs and blow away the cobwebs. Children play freely among the ruins and bring a snack because the family picnics will have your mouth watering. Be careful on the walk back down as the eroded ground has become a little crumbly in places leading to the occasional slip of the feet.
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