Torre Martina and pomegranates
The Torre Martina is also known as Torre Mirona. It used to be the property of the Mir family (which is where the name Mirona comes from). It is a sixteenth- or seventeenth-century farmhouse, which you will see on the Camí Vell de Torroella a l’Estartit. Further on is the Torre Quintaneta, a fortified farmhouse. This has a cylindrical defence tower with two machicolations, to defend against attacks by pirates. Since 1949 it has been a Cultural Asset of National Interest by decree of the Spanish Government.
On this stretch of the route you can see some trees which mark the edge of the properties. These are pomegranates (Punica granatum), a common tree in Catalonia. They are grown for their fruit.