Girona Costa Brava
Girona is a “small big” city that has it all and knows how to juxtapose its ancient history with the modernity and comforts of the 21st century. The city is vibrant; wander quietly through its streets and squares, discover its shops, visit its museums, festivals, restaurants… at any time of the year. The historic city of Girona allows you to travel through more than 2,000 years of history from its two fortified enclosures, the Força Vella and the Mediaeval Eixample. The first corresponds to the Roman foundation and the second to the expansion of the walls during the 14th and 15th centuries. There is an abundance of monuments that are home to remarkable artistic gems. Girona’s attractiveness is complemented by the suggestive Jewish quarter of El Call, with its beautiful streets and squares, and with the exultant baroque spaces and nineteenth century constructions.
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Calonge and Sant Antoni
The mediaeval town of Calonge and the modern coastal town of Sant Antoni are holiday destinations by the sea. The municipality of Calonge has been inhabited since ancient times. The existence of numerous dolmens and menhirs is evidence of the preference that prehistoric cultures gave to these places. The Calonge Castle started its construction in the 8th century, one of the largest fortresses of the Baix Empordà region, located in the city’s Old Town.
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Platja d’Aro is modern and cosmopolitan, dynamic and a vision of the future. It is home to high-end shopping, accommodation, leisure activities and hospitality. Castell d’Aro is history and tradition, mediaeval charm and nostalgia. The Benedormiens Castle, the Church of Santa Maria and the cobbled streets take us back in time. S’Agaró has become a space of equilibrium between architecture and nature, a unique oasis of success, foresight and respect for the natural landscape.
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Calella de Palafrugell and Llafranc
Calella de Palafrugell, an old fishing village, holds onto the charm that was present in the villages of the Costa Brava before the arrival of mass tourism, with its narrow streets, houses with sloping roof tiles and traditional fishermen homes. It is located on a rocky coast dotted with small coves just north of the natural site, Castell – Cap Roig, which is ideal for going on walks or bike tours, and to the south of the coastal tourist hub, Llafranc. The Bay of Llafranc, its promenade, the port and the Cap de Sant Sebastià make this small village one of the most prestigious of the entire coast. It is also a good spot to start out on the walkway to Tamariu that passes through Cala Pedrosa, or to go down in the search of the Dolmen of Can Mina dels Torrents.
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Pals - Peratallada - Palau Sator
Pals is a town with impressive historical heritage. Walking through the walled enclosure, you will feel the magic of the stones that have been practically untouched by the passage of time. Here you will find the combination of the Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles in perfect harmony. Admire the delicate work of the old stonemasons and blacksmiths in the windows and grates that have been forged and molded by fire. Peratallada is a town that has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site with mediaeval architecture. It still holds on to its old feudal aspect, with narrow and tortuous streets among which the fortified castle stands out, in addition to the walls and church of San Esteban. The great moat dug into the rock that surrounds the town will also grab your attention. Palau-sator perfectly illustrates the urban layout of an old mediaeval village with a well-defined walled enclosure, where you can still find remnants of walls and defences, as well as the structure of the streets around the old Castle’s tower overlooking the entire area.