The name Castelldefels comes from Castrum Felix, which, when Romanised, would be Castello de Feles. This can be seen in the current name of the community, Castelldefels.
Castelldefels is a city with ancient roots, epitomised by the Castle which is more than ten centuries old and where time seems to have stood still atop the hill.
The wide variety of culture on offer in the city can be seen in the theatrical performances, music concerts, films in their original language, painting exhibitions, photography exhibitions, popular dances, and storytelling. All of these are activities which go on all year round.
The Castelldefels Castle is situated on the highest point around, in a dominating position over the coastal stretch of land between the Garraf Massif and Barcelona. It dates back to the 16th century, although the church inside existed as early as the 10th century and was built on Iberian and Roman remains. It was used for centuries to control the territory and as a defensive stronghold against Arabian invasions. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, it defended against the Barbary pirates.
In 1897, Manuel Girona bought the castle and renovated it. It was finally acquired in 1988 by the Castelldefels Town Hall, at which point it began its process of recovery which continues today.
*Attention: the castle will be closed untill summer 2020 due to rehabilitation works.
Romanesque Church in the Castle
Románica del Castillo
Castelldefels existed on the border of the Muslim caliphate of Cordoba in the 10th century.
The Church of Santa María.
The main themes of these paintings are the Mystery of the Rosary and the most significant passages in the New Testament.
Buddhist monastery in Garraf
Various cultural activities are held in the Buddhist monastery in Garraf, such as guided tours around the Palau Novella, where visitors can observe both the architectural features of this building’s eclectic style as well as an exhibition of Tibetan art and culture which will bring them closer to a spiritual tradition thousands of years old and to the Buddhist philosophy.
As well as the tour, there are several experiences on offer, such as the relaxation workshops, conferences, and other activities related to inner harmony.
In the monastery’s garden the “Estupa Namgyal” can be found, a sacred monument which represents the “enlightened mind” or “awakened consciousness”. There is also a path around the Romantic lake nearby to the monastery.
The Lookout Towers
Lookout Tower: Plaza del Castell, sin número (centre).
Moruna Tower: Pl. Torre Moruna (Urbanización Bellamar).
Gabriel Folcher Tower: Calle Arcadi Balaguer, 106.
Antoni Tower: Calle Isaac Peral.
Can Valls de la Muntanyeta Tower: Calle Santiago Rusiñol (La Muntanyeta).
Can Moliner Tower: Plaça Major, 41.
Climent Savall Tower: Calle Arcadi Balaguer, 116.
Fael i Cal Patxoca Tower: Calle 320, 18 – 22.
Can Roca de Baix Tower: Calle Bisbe Urquinaona, 17.
Can Vinyes Tower: Passeig de Can Vinyes, 49.
Can Gomar Tower: Casal de la Cultura de Castelldefels.
Es posible visitar las que son de propiedad municipal:
- Cal Ganxo: de propiedad municipal, fue reconstruida en el año 1997.
Camí de Cal Ganxo, sin número.
Teléfonos: 935 146 151
Horario: De lunes a viernes, de 8.00 horas a 15.00 horas,
Sábados y domingos, de 10.00 horas a 14.00 horas.
- Can Vinader: situada en el inicio de la carretera de la Sentiu.
- Can Gomar: en la plaza de la Cultura, cerca de Can Roca de Baix; actualmente es la Casa de la Cultura.
The Plaza Theatre contains two distinct spaces: an area for performance and an area for learning and rehearsal.
The performance space is made up of the hall of ceremonies, which houses all the onstage activity which goes on in the city as well as any shows which may pass through.
This hall has:
A seating area with enough room for 403 viewers.
A 132 m2 stage (12 m wide and 11 m deep).
Four 20 m2 dressing rooms (each dressing room) spread over four floors and connected by a lift.
The lobby, public toilets, and 152 m2 warehouse finish off this space.
+ INFO: www.teatroplaza.org
Fiestas y Ferias
- Cabalgata de Reyes Magos de Oriente- 5 de enero.
- Sant Jordi: 23 de abril
- Sant Ponç: Último fin de semana de mayo.
- Festas del Mar: 16 julio
- Festa Major de Verano: 15 de agosto
- Castañada: 31 de octubre
- Fiesta Mayor de Invierno: 8 de diciembre
- Cabalgata de Papa Noel: 22 de diciembre.