Coastal Trails

There is nothing like strolling through these trails that connect the beaches, coves and cliffs of the Costa Brava throughout the Alt and Baix Empordà and the Selva region.

Get all the trails here.

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.

The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (the Empordà Wetlands) is a natural reserve which hosts a number of protected species of plants, birds, and fish. The storks come to nest in spring, and you can see and hear them… they make a lot of noise with their clapping beaks! The park can be visited on foot, on horse-back, or Quads (out of pedestrian tracks, of course).

Not far away, the Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa (Garrotxa Volcanic Region), offers you the chance to visit extinct and dormant volcanoes, as well as the Fageda d’en Jordà, a beech forest, rarely found in these altitudes. We recommend this visit especially in autumn, when the leaves change color.

The Paratge Natural de la Albera (Albera Natural Park) is actually separated into two parts, both bordering France. On one side (to the interior) you’ll find the Requesens Castle. On the other side (closer to the Med), you’ll find the ruins of the abbey of Sant Quirze of Colera, as well as a project to raise and protect the Mediterranean turtle, which is in danger of extinction: the Mediterranean Turtle Breeding Center.

Things to do in Sant Llorenç de la Muga

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”.