The small town of Sant Llorenç de la Muga in the Catalan region of the Alt Empordà is considered by the Patronat de Girona as one of the most charming ones in the province. It has remained a secret from the masses because of its remote location, and preserves its old world character. Continue reading “Things to do in Sant Llorenç de la Muga”
My favorite place to read is under a tree, or swaying on a hammock, or on a comfortable chair outside in the shade, or in the low sun. If it’s cold, or raining outside, my favorite place is to read is reclining on a couch like Cleopatra.
But writing is a different story. Continue reading “Where do you like to write?”
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Figueres (Nearby city/Dalí Museum/Toy Museum/Technical Museum)
La Vajol (Civil War Memorial)
Navata (Golf) Continue reading “Map of Times and Distance”
In the city of Girona: the Jewish quarter Bonastruc ça Porta, where you’ll find the Patronat Call de Girona, which houses the Museum of Jewish History and the Nahmanides Institute for Jewish Studies.
In Besalú: the Mikvé (the only remains of a Jewish purification bath in Spain)
In Castelló d’Empúries: a small Jewish quarter, less important than that of Girona. Through these visits, we can follow the footprints that were left in this region by the Jewish people and culture before their final expulsion in 1492. Continue reading “Jewish History in Girona”
Dalí Triangle. Visit the Teatro-Museo Dalí in Figueres, and the permanent exhibit of jewelry designed by Dalí. In Portlligat you will find the Casa-Museo Dalí, open for visits with reservation. Museu- Castell Púbol (Gala’s Púbol Castle), also by reservation, is the castle that Dalí gave his wife Gala as a present in the Baix Empordà town of Púbol. The castle was hers alone, and Dalí was only allowed in when invited, which apparently was almost never! Our guest’s favorite visit: Casa-Museo in Portlligat. Continue reading “Dalí Triangle”
For a mix of land and water, there is no other park like the Cap de Creus. On a clear day expect spectacular views from the lighthouse at Cap de Creus, the easternmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The sea here is wild and untamed. Inland, you’ll find the abbey of Sant Pere de Rodes. Continue reading “State Parks”
The most important Greco-Roman ruins of the province of Girona, are found in Empúries. In Ullastret, you can visit the remains of an Iberian settlement, as well as the Archaeological Museum of Catalonia. Continue reading “Ancient Ruins”
Near Figueres, in Vilabertran, the imposing Augustinian monastery of Santa Maria de Vilabertran. In the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, the Benedictine abbey of Sant Pere de Rodes. In the Natural Park of the Albera, in Rabós, the ruins of the also Benedictine Sant Quirze of Colera abbey, and in La Jonquera, the huge Requesens Castle (a bit of a walk to get there, and it’s visiting hours are short. This is best seen by booking a guided tour). The Sant Ferran castle, in Figueres, is Europe’s largest defensive fortress. In Torroella, in the Baix Empordà, the Montgrí Castle. In Peralada, the castle, with its museums and library, is worth a visit. The town of Peralada also houses one of Catalonia’s largest vineyard, and casino. En route to the Mare de Deu del Mont in Vilademat, find the ruins of the monastery of Sant Llorenç de Sous. Continue reading “Medieval Castles and Monasteries”
Immortal City. The City of the 1000 sieges. From the impressive cathedral, the promenade on the fortressed wall, the streets of the gothic quarter, the Devesa park, Temps de Flors in May, Independence Square, the Jewish Quarter, bridges, concerts in the Auditorium, Museum of Cinema, and many other attractions, make Girona a must see.
Continue reading “Girona”