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.
Sant Llorenç is hidden in the valley of the Muga river, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is completely encircled by a 7 foot-thick defensive wall constructed in the 12th century, with 2 gated entrances and several watch towers. One of the towers is located within the hotel’s property and houses a unique hexagonally-shaped junior suite.
The houses have been restored in recent years and the town council has embellished every village square.
The Muga river forms a small beach on its way through the village, but the best places to swim are in the natural pools of Sant Antoni and Albanyà.
Behind the church of Sant Llorenç, there are two sources of mineral water. “The Pudosa” fountain, named after its smell, is sulphurous and beneficial for skin treatments. The “Palanca” fountain, accessed through the modern metal bridge, has some of the best drinking spring water in the region. The water is not controlled by laboratory, so drink at your own risk. The locals certainly do!
There are spectacular places to visit or picnic in throughout the course of the river. The small hermitage of Saint Anthony (Sant Antoni) is flanked by a beautiful medieval bridge. Small lagoons and waterfalls are hidden from the beaten path for those who are willling to explore in Albanyà. Further down the river, the Boadella reservoir offers several water sports available during the summer and early fall.
The mountains that shelter our town, suffuse us with an aura of peace and tranquility, but also offer the active hiker trails of differing difficulty. During the spring, a stroll around the countryside will surprise you with a bounty of wild asparagus. During the fall, compete with the residents of this region, and throw yourself heart and soul to mushroom “hunting”.