Alt Empordà and Girona area stand out for their cultural, artistic and gastronomic proposals.

Castelló d'Émpúries

Castelló d'Empuries is a unique town. The diversification of its supply is maximum.Culture in the historic old town of Castellò; Nature in the Natural Park of Aigüamolls; Sports, entertainment and beach in Empuriabrava's Residential Marina. In Castelló d'Empúries you will find different proposals for your vacations.

It is a town with a long medieval past, a key point in the past, it was a strategic fortress. The church of Santa Maria, or "Empordà Cathedral" is considered one of the most important monuments in the province of Girona.

Cadaques

Cadaqués is a village in the Alt Empordà region, located on the eastern side of the Cape de Creus. The fact that Cadaqués is in the middle of these rocky massifs in contact with the sea, made the town practically isolated from the rest of the continent until the end of the 19th century. Where its only exit was the sea. The first documents mentioned by Cadaqués date back to the year 1000. From the old fortified city there remains a Bastion, which now are the town hall facilities, and a low arch portal overlooking the beach.

At the highest point of the old town we find the Church of Santa Maria. It is a late gothic building, started in the middle of the 16th century and finished the 18th century. In the interior we find a prodigious baroque wooden altarpiece made in 1725 and gilded in 1788, designed by Jacint Moretó and carried out by Pau Costa. Cadaqués's relationship with art is established through the painter Salvador Dalí, who, although born in Figueres, was linked to the neighboring bay of Portlligat where in the forties, was built his curious residence.

Since many years before, Cadaqués was already the place chosen to spend short or long periods of tranquility by many artists and intellectuals who gave it great prestige and renown, especially in circles of painters and artists.

L'Escala - Empúries

L'Escala is the perfect destination for enjoying your holidays with the family. You will find a wide range of places to stay and restaurants suited to your needs, a large number of nautical, sporting and recreational activities designed for adults and children, a long list of things to do to enjoy yourself and a specific entertainment programme for children. We also have a coastline whose characteristics make it ideal for children to enjoy the beaches.

Passeig d'Empúries, opened in 1992 for the Olympic Games in Barcelona, links Sant Martí d’Empúries and the centre of L'Escala. It is a walkway for pedestrians and cyclists about two kilometres long, running along the coast of Empúries and passing places of interest such as the Greco-Roman site of Empúries, the old Greek quay and the spectacular Caves Vantage Point.

L'Escala has a long industrial tradition linked with the production of anchovies, at least from the time of when the writer and lawyer Francisco Zamora wrote in his "Diary of journeys in Catalonia" (1757-1812), when he commented. "In L'Escala there is much fishing and trade in anchovies, the men earn good money and there are no poor people. There is a salting house, and it is the women who take care of the anchovies". This document shows that L'Escala was already an established centre which preserved its salting tradition. Its reputation is now worldwide, and has been built over the years by its use of completely natural ingredients and craftsmanship. A visit to one of the many anchovy factories in the town is a unique opportunity to experience how the anchovies of l'Escala are still made.

Roses

Rosas is a Spanish city of Alt Empordà region in the province of Girona, Catalonia.

In just over half a century it has experienced rapid growth due to tourism.

It is located on the north coast of the Gulf of Rosas, south side of Cape de Creus. It is a large tourist center, with urbanizations, hotels and beaches and two harbors (fishing and sports), and an attractive and very prominent place within the northern sector of the Costa Brava. The coast of the city of Rosas includes a long sandy beach and more towards the east a great number of coves, among which stand out Canyelles Petites, L'Almadrava, Cabo Norfeu, Punta Falconera and Montjoi.

Dalí Museum

Inaugurated in 1974, the Dalí Theatre-Museum was atop the remains of the former Theatre of Figueres, and contains a broad spectrum of works covering the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his early artistic experiences and his creations within the sphere of surrealism through to works dating from the last year of his life.


Some of the most outstanding works on exhibition there are Port Alguer ( 1924), The Spectrum of Sex Appeal (1932), Soft Self-Portrait with Fried Bacon (1941), Poetry from America, the Cosmic Athletes (1943), Galarina (1944-1945), The Bread Basket (1945), Atomic Leda (1949) and Galatea of the Spheres (1952).
We might also note the sets of work the artist created expressly for the Theatre-Museum, such as the Mae West room, the Palace of the Wind room, Monument to Francesc Pujols and Rainy Cadillac.

The Dalí Theatre-Museum has to be seen as a whole, as the great work of Salvador Dalí, since it was conceived of and designed by the artist in order to offer visitors a genuine experience that would take them into his entrancing and unique world .

Natural Park Cap de Creus

The Cap de Creus Natural Park was the first maritime-terrestrial park in Catalonia. It was created in 1998 and protects much of the Cap de Creus peninsula. It has an area of ​​13,886 ha, of which 10,813 correspond to the terrestrial part and 3,073 to the marina. It is located in the Alt Empordà region, in the villages of Cadaqués, Llançà, Palau Saverdera, Pau, Port de la Selva, Roses, Selva de Mar and Vilajuïga.

Consisting of the sierra of Rhodes or Verdera, between Roses and Llançà, it presents a coastal strip of peculiar morphology dominated by cliffs, due to the erosion caused by the tramontana and the sea. Most of the surface is covered by scrub and dry meadows, which contrasts with the nudity of the vegetation near the coastal strip.

Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes

The monastery of Sant Pere de Roda, was a Benedictine monastery in the old county of Empúries, within the limits of the bishopric of Girona, located in the present municipal term of Port de la Selva (Alt Emporda). In particular, lies in the south-west of the town of Port de la Selva, on the hillside east of the mountain of Verdera, in the Sierra de Rodes and near the ruins of the medieval village of Santa Creu de Rodes and castle of Sant Salvador de Verdera.

The monastery was built on the northern slopes of the mountain of Verdera, a shelf below the castle of Verdera, who gave him protection. From the ruins of the ancient monastery, enjoying an exceptional view of the entire sector in the north coast of Cap de Creus, particularly the bays of Port de la Selva and Llançà. In the northwest of the monastery, just before you get there, there are the remains of the medieval village of Santa Creu de Rodes, among which the church of Santa Helena de Rodes.

Empordà Marshces - Aiguamolls d´Empordà

The ¨Aiguamolls¨, or Empordà Marshes, represent one of the most important examples of marshland in the Mediterranean. Mainly located within the municipal area of Castelló d'Empúries, they form an outstanding area of coexistence between water, land, humans and nature. Their principal attraction in terms of wildlife are the nearly 350 species of birds, many of which are protected, and of which eighty or more nest there on a regular basis. As for the flora, of great value in terms of biological interest but also in terms of landscape, this combines rice-fields and zones of pasture.