CAN PIAIXA – CAN RAGULL
(PIAIXA HOUSE – RAGULL HOUSE)
Walking along the Major, Ciutadans and Sant Antoni Streets, you can undertake a journey in time through the Camí Ral (Royal Road) towards the historic centre in Pineda.
The first urban development operation that created this village took place in the 13th century between the Holy Mary’s Parish Church and the former Royal Road. This village was surrounded by both agricultural and forest landscape, and it was located among the coastal lowlands, the Can Carreres mountain foothills and the Montpalau and La Guàrdia hills.
Houses on both sides of the road hide great Gothic and Renaissance treasures from over 600 years. These are ground and first floor houses -sometimes they also have a garret and a gable roof- with a backyard with a green garden and animals.
At the time, this was mainly an agricultural village, with an economy based on cereals (wheat), vineyards and olive trees, and also on hemp and linen, and later on fishing and cabotage.
If you look upwards to Can Piaixa, you will see that this is how this house looks like. It stands out for its ogee arch windows in the first floor, with elaborately and beautifully casted embossed angels (or Cherubs).
Can Piaixa o Can Barbeta
Gothic windows on the first floor
and cherub sculptures.