It stretched from the Montseny, Guilleries and Collsacabra woodland mountains to the Mediterranean Sea and its centre was located in the present-day region of La Selva. Its lords led lives worthy of the novels of chivalry. One such case is Viscount Bernatt II de Cabrera, who in the 14th century became the principal advisor and admiral to King Pere el Cerimoniós (Peter the Ceremonious), and who transformed Montsoriu Castle, the seat of power of the line, into an impregnable Gothic fortress. The Viscounty of Cabrera boasted other distinguished characters, such as the notary public of Hostalric, Pere de Santantoni, or the cosmographer and merchant Jaume Ferrer de Blanes, who participated in the drawing up of the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas, which carved up the newly discovered lands outside Europe between the Portuguese Empire and the Crown of Castile. Today, we can still visit several places and monuments that transport us back to the age of the viscounty and its cast of players: lofty castles, solitary hermitages, protective walls, silent monasteries, watchtowers…
The history of the Cabrera family in these parts stretches over almost six centuries. This presence has produced an extraordinary legacy that is not restricted to architectural heritage; thanks to archaeological finds, it has also been possible to discover what day-to-day life was like during this period. These finds constitute one of the finest collections of objects dating from between the 14th and 16th century.
This impressive heritage is presented in such a way that it takes us back to the Middle Ages while offering plenty of modern-day activities and services.
Welcome to the viscountcy of Cabrera!
Get to know our history through the Viscounty of Cabrera!