The Romanesque of Cruïlles
Cruïlles is a village of marked medieval character that preserves part of its wall and the Torre de l’Homenatge (Tower of the Tribute) of the old castle from which you can enjoy an exceptional view of the monastery of Sant Miquel de Cruïlles, with Les Gavarres and the plain of the Empordanet in the background.
The medieval world of Monells
Monells is a medieval village built around an old castle whose walls are only preserved. The charm of its streets and the good restoration of Plaça de Jaume I, the scene of a very important market held there during the medieval period, have attracted the shooting of advertisements of all kinds and much of the Spanish film Ocho apellidos catalanes.
Ullastret and its Iberian city
Ullastret is one of the best-preserved and at the same time unknown medieval villages in the Empordà. Walled and with ten towers that the town still preserves, you will find the Romanesque church of Sant Pere d’Ullastret and the Llotja, a Gothic covered square. In addition, a few kilometres away you can visit the Iberian city of Ullastret, considered the largest town discovered so far in the Iberian Peninsula. A visit to its surroundings and the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia in Ullastret (where you can enjoy guided tours to help you interpret the heritage) will allow you to travel back 2,500 years, in the heart of Iberian culture.
With its cobbled streets, squares, moats, towers and walls, Peratallada is one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Catalonia. If you love photography, Peratallada will be the perfect scene to be sure to portray any of its nooks and crannies. To walk there is to take a leap into the times of nobles and knights, but also of peasants and stonemasons.
La Bisbal d’Empordà, capital of ceramics
In the Terracota Museum you will find the explanation of the more than 500 years of tradition in the world of ceramics in La Bisbal d’Empordà, a reason that has led it to become the capital of ceramics in Catalonia. With an important architectural richness, the town is a place to savour without haste where you can find centuries-old shops and pastry shops. In addition, in the historic centre you will find one of the best-preserved civil castles of medieval origin in Catalonia, the Castell Palau (Palace Castle).
The Dalí Theatre-Museum, inaugurated in 1974, was built on the remains of the old theatre in Figueres and is considered the largest surrealist object in the world. Together with the Gala Dalí Castle in Púbol and the Salvador Dalí House-Museum in Portlligat, it is part of the Empordà Dalí triangle, all managed by the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation.
Monumental complex of Sant Pere de Rodes
Located in Port de la Selva and in the heart of the Cap de Creus Natural Park you will find the monumental complex of Sant Pere de Rodes, formed by the monastery of Sant Pere, the village of Santa Creu and the castle of Verdera. The architectural remains of this monumental complex are a unique example of the structure of the medieval settlement. The historical and architectural recovery carried out by the Generalitat de Catalunya since 1986 allows us to enjoy this privileged place which, due to its natural environment, its conservation and its uniqueness, constitutes an exceptional heritage complex.
Romanyà de la Selva and la cova d’en Daina (Daina’s cave)
In Romanyà de la Selva you will find one of the most complete and well-preserved megaliths in Catalonia: the dolmen of the Cova d’en Daina (Daina’s cave). It stands out for being one of the most representative funerary monuments of its typology, the so-called “Catalan gallery” or “wide corridor” tomb, typical of the late Neolithic.
The Cova d’en Daina was first excavated in the 19th century and many very fragmented bones and many teeth of the elderly and children were found there, the result of successive mass burials.
Púbol is a population entity in the Baix Empordà municipality of la Pera that still has a feudal aspect where you can see the remains of the fortified enclosure. In the castle of Púbol there is Elena Diakonova’s residence (1894 – 1982), better known as Gala, the wife of Salvador Dalí. Together with Cadaqués and Figueres, Púbol forms the so-called “Dalinian triangle”.