State Parks

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”

Medieval Castles and Monasteries

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”

Nearby Towns

Charming nearby villages include Albanyà, Vilarig, Cistella, Boadella, Les Escaules and Lladó. Still in the Alt Empordà: Peralada, and Vilabertran.
Inland towns
 include Besalú, Castellfollit de la Roca & Santa Pau (in La Garrotxa), Banyoles (in Pla de l’Estany), Pals and Peratallada (in the Baix Empordà).
Coastal and near-coastal villages: Castelló d’Empúries, Cadaqués, Empúries, Llançà, Port de la Selva (Alt Empordà), Palafrugell, Palamós, Begur and La Bisbal (Baix Empordà) Blanes, Tossa de Mar (La Selva).
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