During the 15th and 17th centuries, the Catalan coastline suffered numerous pirate raids. The population of Santa Susanna built large towers and fortified their homes to protect themselves against these dangers, keeping a watch on the sea and raising the alarm if corsairs were sighted. A number of these towers still remain today in Santa Susanna. Would you like to explore them?
‘Towers in Sight’ Route: sign up for the guided tour of the town’s various fortified towers, along with a visit to the paintings in the church and the town cooperative, to enjoy a tasting of local produce. For information about terms and bookings, please contact the Santa Susanna Tourism Office.
Carrer Montseny, s/n, Santa Susanna
Calle Montseny, Santa Susanna
The Can Ratés refuge tower (the former Mas Poch) is cylindrical, with arrow slits. It is backed by the farmhouse itself, at the apex of an angle created by the portico gallery. This is the section that previously housed the stables, and the bedrooms on the upper floor, an arrangement which served to leave a large open space in the centre, used for threshing. The layout provided access to a pond at a lower level, via the steps from the courtyard. The whole estate, with the pond which is now a swimming pool, the rooms and the former stables, are now municipal facilities belonging to Santa Susanna.