Located in Cap de Creus National Park, Cadaqués is a small town that is protected and hidden from the rest of Alt Empordà. It has the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the Pení Mountain on the other side. It is a place that started out as a fishing town and it now survives thanks to tourism. Its beaches, its small coves, narrow streets, the old part of town, the “rastell”, the white houses with blue windows…its tranquility, the breeze, the sea…What makes Cadaqués so special? It might be the place itself, or the hotel where you decided to stay in, or the beauty of the Cap de Creus. Sublime and incomparable.
Whatever it is, it’s clear that many people have known how to appreciate it. Cadaqués has been the home of many important artists, such as Pablo Picasso, Federico García Lorca, Luis Buñuel, Marcel Duchamp, Josep Pla, Magritte and, of course, Salvador Dalí, among others. They were also captured by Cadaqués. I think no one is able to resist its peace and light.
You can have a great day in town. You can stroll on the historic part of town, where each street could belong to an amazing painting. You can visit the church of Santa María de Cadaqués, built in the 16th and 17th centuries. Or you can go into de Cadaqués Museum that offers temporal exhibits related to the town. Other important places: Casa Serinyana, the beach or the Sant Badliri chapel from the 18th century.
When you visit Cadaqués, what will make you fall in love with it?
Any Saturday or Sunday morning is a party in Besalú. The old capital of Cataluña wakes up early, the beautiful greenish waters have a honey-colored hue to them, as they await your visit. The tourists begin to arrive and end up falling to their knees, exhausted. The town knows that its century-old aura is as strong as a spell. Everyone that visits is cast under the spell, there is no escaping.
It’s like you’ve been put under a spell as soon as you get close to the long 11th century Roman bridge. Besalú’s best medieval profile as you come from Fluviá. Once inside the town, the small, intricate, dark streets of the center or Jewish quarters seem like mysterious secrets in the shadows.
But then, the sun starts to break through the towers and chases the ghosts off. Full of light, the Sant Vicent Romanesque church glistens, as well as the precious Tallaferro street and the busy Plaza Mayor. It’s worth stopping in a café there for a coffee or a drink, or any of the bars for that matter. Afterwards, head on to visit the Curia Rejal, a singular building with gothic touches, the Miqvé, the surprising subterranean baths, and the Sant Roman palace-house.
Besalú is something else. You’ll be sure to find some type of festival, open market, or something special going on during the weekends.
This experience’s title is in the form of a question because a film called ‘The Light at the Edge of the World’ was recorded in this area in 1971 with Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner, Fernando Rey and Massimo Ranieri. It was based on the Jules Verne novel.
Anyway, Cape Crues, the Creus Lighthouse, and the Natural Reserve form a fabulous triad, and is one of my favorite places in all of Spain. If you have the choice, it’s better to go in Spring or Fall, because it’s become too popular in summer. With all the summer tourist traffic, it has become impossible to find a parking place.
There are two restaurant-bars next to the lighthouse. The one that’s actually built inside of the lighthouse is the bigger (and also the more expensive of the two). I recommend going to the building further away. The prices are better and the food is better.
There are various hiking trails throughout the park. One will take you to Cadagues. Almost a 20 km trip (counting both ways). If you’re looking for adventure, you can sleep in Cabo and be the first on the Iberian Peninsula to see the sunrise!
L'estany of Banyoles (situated in the province of Girona) has an area of 107 hectares and a characteristic figure-8. As is the case with the other lakes, there is a legend about a creature that lives in the water. According to a legend dating back to the 7th Century, a great beast took shelter on the shores of the lake. The monster, was the last descendant of the prehistoric beasts who used to inhabit the region. They say his eyes gave off fire, and his breath stank so much that a blow was able to dry out all the plants, poison the sources and destroy the fields with the most horrible diseases spread to humans and animals.
Tiny Town in Costa Brava with a medieval old town and a lovely wall. Full of bars with character and surrounded by the ocean, quiet, with good environment and great restaurants. Lovely village away from mass tourism in some coastal towns, Tossa is different ...
Peratallada is one of the most beautiful villages of Lower Empordà, the best preserved medieval architecture in Catalonia. The town looks like a postcard, with the walls, the moat surrounding it, the doors, and vines climbing the walls, a deep red color during my visit in autumn. I recommend visiting the castle with the keep and 11th century palace, and the Romanesque church of San Esteban, just outside the town, outside the walls.
Of all the things in this small medieval town, the bridge is undoubtedly the most important, imposing and impassible on the River Fluvia. It's a Romanesque work from an unknown time, but it had to come after the year 1075. Although the entire Villa has its charm, this is a beautifully preserved bridge worth a visit at any time of year. Personally, I prefer to go in spring when the riverbed is higher and the accompanying environment is much more imposing.
It's beautiful, brilliant and indescribable, full of peace and quiet. I upload pictures for you to enjoy Calella de Palafrugell in all its glory like we do every day when we go to work, we are privileged! Do not hesitate for a second, if you can, to see this wonderful paradise in winter.
I’m not a fan of Dalí. I think he’s a completely overrated artist, with great aptitude but he ended up becoming a clown and greedy businessman. Saying this, the Theater Museum in Figueres is worth seeing and I really enjoyed my visit there. Its name describes just what it is – it’s a theater where you can see the representation of the life and work of the artist, as well as his death, as his body is buried there below the museum’s dome.
I visited in November and there were a good amount of people at the museum. I’ve been told summer is intolerable. With the entrance ticket, you can see the small museum of jewelry designed by Dalí and the museum of Figueres.
There’s a patio with an antique Cadillac car with an enormous statue and a mannequin inside as the driver. After the patio, you’ll head into a room with an enormous painting.
Take a look at the pictures, as they’ll give you a better idea about Dalí’s work than I could ever describe.
Pals is first and foremost a color that contrasts with the landscape, seen on a sandy mound, dominating the humid plains covered by rice fields. The ancient city, built around the castle of which only the Romanesque Tower of the Hours is preserved, has an air that instantly transports you to the Middle Ages. There is a Gothic style prevalent in the church of Sant Pere de Pals and the Casa de la Vila. Pals is made for walking, to get lost in its winding streets, to climb to the summit and enjoy the view from there, if the weather is fine.
I don’t know if I can consider this a monument. I do think it’s one of the best works of the artist. It’s better to see the museum several times because with the quantity of works that Dalí did, one can become overwhelmed trying to take in everything at once. It’s best to do it little by little.
We found works ranging from the beginning to his last paintings, as well as ingenious inventions, jewelry, lithographs, etc. Everything has a purpose: to express him and entertain us. A delight to visit.
For me, Begur is one of the most beautiful villages in Gerona. Once you step through the arch, you're transported back to the Middle Ages by the streets, buildings, and hidden corners. There are plenty of restaurants, each more beautiful than the last. Just one thing: prices are a bit too high. If you arrive by car, it is best to park it at the entrance of the town, where there (at the time of writing) is a free parking lot.
A coastal town to enjoy a nice day at the beach, good waterfront food. Or why not walk through its streets and its splendid castle, it's an all in one, perfect for the weekend. Away from the stress, the hustle of the big cities ... I recommend climbing to the castle viewpoint on the side facing the bay, it's amazing to sit on a stone bench, fresh country air gives a sea breeze and watch the gulls fly!
Onyar River is a major natural axis of the city, which has been a centre for urban development throughout its history. As well as the beautiful terraced houses that you can see here, the bridges were important, for its historical role in uniting the old town and the market. Sadly there are no traces of these old Romanesque bridges, but four more recently-constructed major bridges can now be seen. 1. Isabel II Bridge or stone bridge, built in the mid-nineteenth century. 2. The Eiffel Bridge or fishmongers' old bridge, dating from 1876. 3. The Bridge of San Agustin. 4. Gomez Bridge. From each of these, you'll have a view of the river itself and of the city's beautiful terraced houses.
Between Gerona and Olot, you'll find the detour to the small village of Castellfullit de la Roca. A few kilometers before you arrive, you'll begin to see impressive views that'll make you pull over and get the camera out. Before you arrive, you'll see a detour right next to a sign for the down, and you'll be surprised to find a small stream with a fantastic old wood and stone bridge. From there, you take the road and arrive at Castellfullit de la Roca. I'd suggest heading up to the tower and getting a birds-eye-view of the valley. Also, you can't miss the pastry shop right at the entrance to the town. I heard they have a sausage museum, but we didn't have time to check it out. Oh well, it's a good excuse to go back!