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La Fosca is a beach in the Mediterranean Costa Brava, located in the comarca of Baix Empordà, in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. La Fosca is between Palamós and Cala S'Alguer. Throughout most of the year very few people live there, but in summer the population of La Fosca grows quickly.
La Fosca is located at the northern end of a large bay, which is popular for swimming, sailing and windsurfing. The town is by-passed by the C31 which connects the coastal towns of the central Costa Brava with Girona. Palafrugell lies 8.5 km to the north and Castell-Platja d'Aro 7 km to the south.
La Fosca beach is known for the enormous rock in the middle of it, which separate the beach in two beaches: La fosca beach and patja del carrer. Just in one side of the beach, there's a ruined castle called the Castle of Sant Esteve de Mar.
The Castle of Sant Esteve
The castle of Sant Esteve de Mar is a ruined castle perched atop a cliff in the town of Palamós, in Baix Empordà, between the beach of La Fosca and S'Alguer. Only some bases tower and some walls remain, and is currently surrounded by a fence that prevents access to visitors. It is accessed from a path leading from the beach of Fosca.
The castle was built on a Roman villa which, in turn, was probably built on an Iberian settlement. The first documents that cite the thirteenth century, when Arnau sa Bruguera, first mayor of Palamós, bought in the Cathedral of Girona in 1277 on behalf of King Peter III of Aragon; belonged to the parish of Santa Eugenia de Vilaroman. During the Middle Ages it possessed different feudal lords: Simó of Geronella, Jaume de Cornellà, Bernat Pallarés (Barcelona), his son Pere Pallarés and finally Berenguer de Cruïlles, important feudal lord of Empordà, who bought it from the previous owner Barcelona 20,000 salary.
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