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Girona tours - “Whoever speaks of a capitulation or surrender shall be instantly put to death”: the Third Siege of Gerona

Overview

“Whoever speaks of a capitulation or surrender shall be instantly put to death” said Álvarez de Castro, commander of the Spanish forces defending Gerona during the seven-month siege in 1809 during Napoleon's campaign in the Peninsula. He lost the struggle and his life, but the survival of garrison and population for so long was a major blow to the myth of French invincibility.

This tour takes in the sites of the Spanish fortifications and of some of the French batteries and is illustrated with military cartography and (translations of) analytical and literary accounts of the siege.

There's a basic introduction on Wikipedia.

Itinerary

Coming soon! Try the introduction.

Details

Grade leisurely
Base Girona (Meeting point information here, where relevant - make sure you have the right one!)
Location tags Fort Roig, Gerona, Gerone, Girona, Monjuich, Montjuïc,
Theme tags architecture, history, military,
Your guide(s) A local expert
Walking distance 8 km / 4.97 miles
Walking time 4 hr
Total return travel time from base to walk 0 hr
Total time from "hello" to "goodbye" 4.60 hr
Fiestas and markets in places we go through - combine a walk and some partying or shopping!
  • May 6 - the siege commences
  • December 12 - the town surrenders

Note that there are also events in most places on January 6 (Three Kings), Carnival, Easter, April 23 (St George), June 23 (St John), and September 11 (Catalan regional/national day)

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