They say that one day a general called Maüs, while defending the land against invaders, was defeated and escaped through the forest. He lost sight of his assistant, who happened to see a fire in the area of Montsoriu which allowed him to rejoin his general. Then Maüs commanded that a castle should be built at this location.
The name of General Maüs is still present today as the name of a street in the town of Arbúcies, and it was already documented in the 18th century.
A witch called Guilleuma had lived in the castle of Montsoriu, and every night she would go out followed by a great cortege of servants, all dressed in white. They circled the ruins of the castle in a long procession, sowing sickness and bad omens, and ruining the crops of all the farmers in the vicinity. One day the parson of Breda sprinkled them with holy water and they all fled, going in one bound to Morou peak and with another to the bottom of the Black pond of Gualba, where they are still up to mischief.
At exactly midnight the Red Lady of the castle of Montsoriu shows her unkempt head at the top of the Ivy tower; in her right hand she carries a burning lamp and in her left hand a hunting horn. She calls with the horn three times. A call from the band of coll de Castellar answers her, and a little later the knight dressed in black appears with a horse of fire. He goes up the tower, places the Red Lady of the castle on his horse and they disappear into the darkness of the night.
A long time ago the Moors, who had become the masters of the castle of Montsoriu, exacted a yearly tribute from the village of Arbúcies. This consisted in handing over the most beautiful of all the damsels of the village. One year it was the turn of Pepa, a delicate and fine girl. When the Moorish king saw her he was speechless in the face of such beauty and he wanted to perpetuate her for ever more. When the girl found out she started to cry and sobbed...
In one of the caves of Montsoriu live three snakes, that carry a diamond in their mouths which they only leave when they drink water at a spring. He who could steal from them at that moment, would be rich and happy for the rest of his life.
Inside the cave the three snakes guard three laundry tubs full of enchanted coins.
The spell can be undone by going there exactly at midnight of the summer solstice bringing bread soaked in milk to feed the snakes, and holy water...
A hunter was listening to mass at the foot of the hermitage of Santa Fe del Montseny, surrounded by his hunting dogs. At the point of elevation of the host he saw a hare dash by, and fast as lightning, momentarily leaving the solemn consecration, he chased the hare into the forest. As punishment for this irreverence he now hunts eternally in these forests. The folk of the land say that on certain days, you can hear mysterious barking around the forests of Montsoriu Castle.
A lad, vassal of the lord of Montsoriu, married one of the most beautiful girls in the area. To satisfy the old vassal’s tribute, the groom presented the bride to the lord. At daybreak the groom hurried to the castle to recover his wife. The castle guards received the lad rudely and told him that the lord had not yet risen and that he should return the following day. Three days went by with these poor excuses...
The great Gothic castle of Montsoriu that can be visited today is that of the great reformation undertaken in the 16th century by Bernat II, Viscount of Cabrera. In fact, the main tower of the castle boasts more than 1,000 years of history.
Des dels anys 80 del segle XX s’han dut a terme campanyes d’excavació arqueològica al castell de Montsoriu gràcies a les tasques promogudes pel Museu Etnològic del Montseny.
Montsoriu Castle has been linked to the Viscounts of Cabrera since the 11th century. Montsoriu was the capital of the viscounty, along with Breda (religious capital), Blanes (commercial) and Hostalric (administrative).
Collection of images from different periods, of different spaces and activities with Montsoriu as the subject.
In 1995 the Patronat del Castell de Montsoriu promoted the first restoration works, that continue to this day and have allowed the recovery and opening to the public of a good part of the enclosure.