Near the St. Maurice Hermitage is the Can Riera farmhouse and an ancient tradition tells that the popular Heredero Riera dance originated here… It is said that the Riera Heredero or Heir, wealthy owner of Llançà, once attended the St. Maurice religious pilgrimage of Caldes de Malavella.
Every 22nd September, the religious pilgrimage dedicated to St. Maurice is held and there are still those who remember when a wooden hand, symbolising the one that he lost in his martyrdom, was kissed by the faithful. There was a story told about this hand that our parents and grandparents worshipped.
The Royal Way was the most important communication route between France and Barcelona, and on its passage through Caldes it forked into two paths, the inland one and the sea one, at the point that is called La Cruz de la Mano (The Cross of the Hand).
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It has always been amusing that our town’s coat of arms has a nude woman bathing in hot mineral medicinal water. The circumstance, curiosity and voices of experience have forced us to state that the girl in question really existed.
In Caldes in Roman times, then called Aquae Calidae, there were three hills from which hot water would rise: Las Almas, Sant Grau and Las Moleres. The Romans were the first to make use of this water and its miraculous virtues.
This is a popular legend that says that it is precisely the pine tree of the Giant of the Pine Tree that was forcefully thrown by the abovementioned Barcelona giant as a demonstration of bravery and daring, and which fell in this place of Caldes, where it remains to this day. solemn and invigorating, as a test of the giant’s bravery and strength.