Jewish History in Girona

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

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”

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”


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.
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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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