5 things to do in Castell de Aro, Spain
Author: Vladimir Ivanov
The historic center of Playa de Aro includes the colorful medieval Castle Benedormiens, the Gothic Church of Saint Mary, and the picturesque streets of Carme, de L’Hospital, del Sol and del Castell.
1. The Gothic Church of Saint Mary’s
In fact, today the Gothic Church of Saint Mary is not in Playa de Aro itself, but in the immediate vicinity of it – in the “suburb” of Castell d’Aro. Note that back in 1995 this medieval temple was included in the list of cultural heritage of the country.
This church was built in the XI century and consecrated in 1078 by the bishop of Girona. It is necessary to specify that this building was one of the first constructions made of stone in the city (at that time, Fanals de Amunt). In the beginning there was only the Castle of Benidormines next to the church. A little later, a fortress wall began to be built around them.
The originality of the architectural style of the building of St. Mary’s Church attracts a huge number of tourists and vacationers to the old part of town. It is noteworthy that the church has not retained its original appearance, as it was rebuilt in the XVII century, and in the XVIII century, it was seriously restored. Until today, the building has retained its single-nave structure, as well as 5 spires.
You can get acquainted with the history of the Gothic church of St. Mary in the Castle Benidormines, one of the expositions of which tells about the history of the city.
2. Puppet Museum in Castel de Aro in Playa de Aro
This museum was opened in 1995. The basis of the exhibition consists of dolls from the collection of Josephine Teixidor.
The first floor of the museum is also occupied by the private collection of Neus Borrell’s houses. Borrell inherited her mother’s love of collecting dolls. For many years, Neus Borrell amassed her collection until it became one of the largest and most famous private collections.
The Doll Museum is located in the old center of Castell d’Aro in a building that used to be the town hall. The museum displays dolls from different countries and materials – ceramic, straw, wood, rag, leather, plastic and cardboard.
3. Castell de Benedormiens Medieval Castle
Since 1983 the medieval castle of Castell de Benedormiens in Castell d’Aro has been a temple of the arts and has hosted a number of contemporary exhibitions regularly organized by the town hall of Castell-Platja d’Aro.
Continuing this tradition, this summer the audience will be presented with three exhibitions, the entrance to which will be, as always, free and free of charge.
- The first one will present a collection of paintings by the artist Quim Domene (time: July 7 – 31),
- The second will be a retrospective of works by the artist Martínez Tarrassó (time: August 4-September 16),
- The third will be dedicated to artistic photography, with works by the photographer Miquel de Ribot (time: 22 September – 14 October).
The first two exhibitions will be on view weekdays, Tuesday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
The last, third, exhibition will be open to the public on weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.
In addition, this summer the top floor of the Castell de Benedormiens will be permanently showing a collection of works from the city’s art fund, created over 29 years.
You might be interested:
- Beaches in Playa de Aro
- Playa de Aro general information
- Official website of Platja D’Aro
- Platja de Aro
- Aquatic Park Playa de Aro
- OCINE Cinema in Playa de Aro
- Chesco store in Playa de Aro
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