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Interesting towns

Interesting towns

Peralada

distance 6,3 km

Peralada is situated on a small raised are The historical character of Peralada, is reflected at every turn with its narrow, winding streets.

Here you can visit the Romanesque cloister of Sant Doménech, the only vestige of a former Augustinian convent of the eleventh century in which we can appreciate its paired columns with fifty-two beautifully decorated capitals a in the middle of Alt Empordà, this privileged position made it an important crossroads since ancient times.

It is also reason enough to visit the Library of Castle Peralada with an impressive collection of Cervantes, one of the best private collections in the world with about five thousand copies of which are over a thousand different editions of Don Quixote, and that this library are translated into 33 languages. Library and archives are accessible to researchers in the morning.

But what is perhaps best known Peralada is its most playful. The castle allow the impressive Casino that bears his name with gardens and twin towers of the fourteenth century, giving it a unique and exclusive air.

We also highlight its famous Summer Music Festival internationally renowned. But what is perhaps best known Peralada is its most playful.

The castle houses the impressive Casino that bears his name with gardens and twin towers of the fourteenth century, giving it a unique and exclusive air.

We also highlight its famous Summer Music Festival internationally renowned. Finally, we can not overlook its prestigious wines and champagnes, as well as its golf course, considered one of the best in the Costa Brava.

If you have time our recommendation is go to Peralada along the old road which also passes through Vilabertran. It is a pleasure to run on this small road that we only know that we are living here and the farmers who use it to move from one field to another


Cadaqués

distance 26,4 km

Cadaques is situated in the heart of Cap de Creus peninsula in the far northeast of Catalonia, is one of the most unique fishing villages along the Catalan coast.

The fact that you are in the midst of these rock masses, caused the people to remain virtually isolated from the rest of the continent until the late nineteenth century, where his only way out was the sea.

In Cadaqués combine the typical Mediterranean architecture with the wild and picturesque Cape Creus.

Its cobbled streets lead visitors through a maze of low white houses, perched on a hill crowned by the church of Santa Maria, a late Gothic building, begun in the middle of S. Sixteenth and eighteenth century ended. Inside we found a prodigious wooden baroque altarpiece made in 1725 and gold 1788, designed by Jacint Moretó and conducted by Pau Costa.

The relationship of Cadaques art is established through the painter Salvador Dalí who, despite being born in Figueres, was linked to the neighboring bay of Port-Lligat where during the forties, he built his residence curious, now a Museum.

From years ago, the uniqueness of this enclave, which kept alive their own culture and lore it was the place chosen to go short or long periods of calm for many artists and intellectuals who gave great prestige and popularity, especially in the circles of painters and artists.

The brightness and serenity that radiates Cadaqués make it an ideal place for filming looking for the authenticity of a maritime past and inspiring magic of a place in true Mediterranean style. Salvador Dalí

House Museum: Located in the Bay of Portlligat, the House-Museum is a collection of fishermen’s huts together in a labyrinth, which the artist became Empordà your living space for long periods. You can visit the workshop, the library, stays where he lived, as the room, garden, etc.. Visits are by appointment.


Sant Martí d’Empúries

distance 19,2 km

This one-time island was first occupied in the ninth and eight centuries BC (the late bronze age). By the sixth century BC, trading had commenced with the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians and Phocians.

The name Emporiom is mentioned as a market at the end of that century. Later on, the indigenous people (Indiketes Iberians) and Greco-Phocian traders moved onto dry land and the great port of Empúries was born, taking in the subsidiary ports of L’Escala and La Clota in the second century.

It has been settled continuously down to our own day, and still retains its medieval wall, built on the remains of Greek stonework, and the 1583 church dedicated to Saint Martin (which was apparently built on the remains of an ancient temple dedicated to Ephesus Artemis).

If you want to know the meaning of the term “Millennial Ampurdán” you can not miss this visit or Ampúrias ruins of which side by side. Wear comfortable clothes, and in summer do not forget your swimsuit. You can not resist a swim at the sandy beach lined with pines without imagining a Roman galley downloaded by your side.


Castelló d’Empúries

distance 9,5 km

Castelló d’Empúries retains today, all traces of its medieval capital. Stroll through the historic center is a trip through history. During this trip you can visit the magnificent cathedral church of Santa Maria, known as “The Cathedral of the Empordà” (Gothic with Romanesque bell tower), in addition to their Parish Museum, and other interesting buildings that still remain, such as s Prison . XIV, the Flour Mill, the old Lonja de Mar, Casa Grande, old convents, remains of walls, the Old Bridge, among others.

Basilica of Santa Maria: The Gothic parish church of Santa Maria has the structure and dimensions of a cathedral, a dignity that failed despite several attempts by the counts of Empúries. The Gothic parish church of Santa Maria has the structure and dimensions of a cathedral, a dignity that failed despite several attempts by the counts of Empúries. It is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic religious architecture in Catalonia.

The work, begun in the thirteenth century and continued throughout the fourteenth century ended in the early fifteenth century when the façade, with the beautiful marble portal. The interior, representative of Mediterranean Gothic, contains the unique Romanesque baptismal fonts, the remarkable alabaster altarpiece of the fifteenth century, two sarcophagi county and Gothic stained glass, the altarpiece of Sorrows eighteenth century, the nineteenth century organ many other items of interest.

The bell tower, decorated Gothic, follows the architectural design of the Romanesque bell Lombard influence. Surely belongs to the thirteenth century. In the Parish Museum presents, including images, objects of gold, and liturgical ornaments of various archaeological chronology.

We recommend the Troubadours’s Festival who was born more than 16 years ago. A multidisciplinary festival that relives the glory days of the medieval Castelló. It is held around September 11 week-end.

Within the program of events included the presence of musicians and professional performers, music shows, dances, street theater, medieval dinner, craft demonstrations, medieval market, the competition and struggles of knights, troubadours and minstrels, and as conferences, exhibitions and guided tours that together give the mark of quality and recognition by the public who visit.