About Santa Florentina Castle
At Canet del Mar on Spain’s northeastern Balearic coast, 47km north of Barcelona sits the 11th century Santa Florentina Castle.
It was built on the site of a Roman villa complex (the remains of which were incorporated into the castle) by Guadimir de Canet and it served as a private residence for 250 years.
In the 14th century, a descendent of Canet named Ferrer de Canet, a noble knight, an advisor to the excellently-named King Alfonso V the Magnanimous and a Papal ambassador no less fortified the house with two towers and medieval gates that offered protection against the pirates of the Mediterranean.
Over the centuries the house passed through many owners until the 16th when the owner’s daughter married a Barcelona-based lawyer named Felipe Dimas de Montaner, a direct descendent of the Montaner family that still lives there to this day. In 1949 the house was designated a cultural heritage monument and the November 1998 issue of the Architectural Digest Journal listed Santa Florentina Castle as one of the world’s most beautiful houses.
In season six of Game of Thrones, Santa Florentina Castle features as House Tarly of Horn Hill, one of the most powerful vassal houses who swear fidelity to House Tyrell of Highgarden.
Today, Santa Florentina Castle hosts an annual classical music festival and because it remains a private residence, the very few guided tours available are by appointment only.