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Mas Gall, or “The House of the Rooster”, dates back to the coastal history of the 15th century.
Between the 15th and 18th Centuries, pirates sailed around the Mediterranean, looting, killing and generally doing what pirates did in those days. The beach at El Crit and Mas Gall have their place in this rich piratical history.
One day, 300 years ago, a thick fog on the sea forced the pirates’s boats to take refuge in the Cala Font Morisca, in Mont-ras. From their refuge the pirates heard the crowing of a rooster (gal), which indicated the presence of a farmhouse nearby. Always looking for farmhouses to steal from, and families to take as slaves to Africa, they went to investigate, and found the farmhouse, Cal Gall Peric. At the farmhouse they found a family with two daughters, and one of the pirates decided to take one of the daughters. He dragged her to his nearby boat, and in the struggle, the girl bit the pirate’s finger, who, full of rage, killed the girl on the beach with his sword. The girl’s terrifying scream, or crit, (crit is the catalan word for scream, cry, yell or shout) was so loud that it was heard miles around. From that day on, the cove was known as Cala El Crit, or Cove of The Scream…..
The pirates and smugglers continued to use the coast and landscape of the region for more devious endeavors. This ever present danger to the locals led to the building of a network of watchtowers standing along the clifftops throughout the Brave Coast. One of these, called Torre de Calella, was erected in the 16th century and still stands today, a piece of history just a brief walk from Mas Gall. Sections of the original Smugglers Routes are now part of walking trails leading from beach to beach and further inland.