In one of the most beautiful natural corners of Girona, the town of Arbúcies is hidden among a mountain landscape, an ideal place to enjoy nature and rural tourism.
Do you want to know where to find this beautiful town? Well, all you have to do is go to the Comarca de la Selva, and to the heart of the Montseny y las Guilleries Natural Park, both of which are named areas of protection and natural interest.
To know something about its origins, we have to go back to Paleolithic times, since vestiges of the time have been found, and, later, the Iberians and Romans.
It is during the Middle Ages when it takes more relevance, since the Viscounts of Cabrera moved to the town and built the Castle of Montsoriu as their residence, thus leaving one of the most notable historical emblems of the town.
In addition to the castle, Arbúcies also has more historical heritage, such as the Romanesque-style religious building that is the church of Sant Quirze, from the 15th century.
The Montseny Ethnological Museum is another point of reference in the town, even more so if you are interested in nature, since it is the only centre in which the peculiarities and characteristics of the Montseny Park are documented.
Strolling through the town centre you can see different modernist-style houses, such as the Vicenç Bosch house or the Royal Farm, as well as the famous Anís del Mono distillery, or various fountains, coming from springs, such as La Lurda, Corbadora, del Regàs or Molí de les Pipes.
If we go to the outskirts of the town, a few kilometers away, it is also worth visiting the Table of the Three Bishops, in the Sant Marçal neighborhood, where, according to what is said, it was the meeting place of some important bishops where they didn’t have to leave there diocese.
Are you curious to know something about its gastronomy? We start from the base with its local and artisan products, the speciality here are sausages and you can find all kinds! Seasonal products such as mushrooms, chestnuts or Arbúcies beans are some of the main ingredients in various dishes, and to sweeten the palate is the typical Pa de Pessic sponge cake.
Part of its tradition is linked to festivities, among which it is worth highlighting the Fiesta de les Enramades, whose origin dates back to the 16th century and which, since 1999, has been declared a Traditional Festival of National Interest.
On the other hand, if what you are looking for is a combination of a festive atmosphere and good food, the date to mark on the calendar is its Gastronomic Days, where traditional products are exhibited or typical dishes are prepared with which to delight the palate.
To finish knowing something more about Arbúcies, we are going to give some information about its economy and the way of life of its people.
In its beginnings, due to the proximity of forests in the surroundings, natural resources was their way of life, however over the years the auto-body and car industry has taken its place. Thanks to the high richness in its water, water bottling is also added to the list.
In recent years, the service sector, such as hotels and tourism, have also grown exponentially, becoming its main pillar, especially rural tourism, in part, due to its natural environment. Many travellers are looking for a space to escape the cities and routine and find that Arbúcies is the ideal spot.