Costa Brava

Nearby interest activities:

  • Garriguella: Centre of Tortoise Breeding of l’Albera (5min)
  • Garriguella: Wine tourism: visits to several wineries and tastings (5 min)
  • Garriguella: Oil mill in Maset (5 min)
  • Garriguella: l'Albera Natural Park (5 min)
  • Peralada Casino (10 min)
  • Peralada: Golf (10 min)
  • Wind Tunnel, Empuriabrava (15 min)
  • Skydiving, Empuriabrava (15 min)
  • Kitesurf, Empuriabrava (15 min)
  • Sailboat cruise, Roses (15 min)
  • Horse riding, Palau Saverdera (10 min)
  • Quad, buggy... at the hotel

Places to visit:

  • Dalí Museum, Figueres (15 min)
  • Cadaqués and Port Lligat (20km)
  • Peralada Castle (10 min)
  • Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes (15 min)
  • Roses (15 min)
  • Llançà (10 min)
  • Port de la Selva (20 min)
  • Empuriabrava (15 min)
  • Empúries: Ruins and Museum (30 min)

Landscape and Nature:

  • Cap de Creus Natural Park (Paratge de Tudela) (10 min)
  • Hiking (5 min)
  • MTB
  • Beaches and coves (8 km)

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava - Cadaqués

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava - Figueres

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava - Cadaqués

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

Hotel La Plaça - Costa Brava

GARRIGUELLA

  • Garriguella is a village (874 inhabitants) located among exceptional surroundings of vineyards and olive groves, at the bottom of l’Albera mountains and near the most beautiful beaches in Costa Brava.
  • This small village in the Alt Empordá region is good connected, what makes you get to many places of cultural, tourist and landscape interest in a very short time. Our area offers a wide variety of places to visit and activities:
  • • L’Albera natural area, Els Aiguamolls de l’Empordá and Cap de Creus natural parks, Rodes mountains and, a bit further, the Pyrenees.
  • •All the northern Costa Brava beaches are few minutes away from Garriguella by car: from the steep and rocky coves in Cap de Creus to the soft and sandy beaches in Roses Gulf.
  • Cultural tourism lovers should know that we are in an area full of historical remains, because it has been inhabited since prehistory. You can visit interesting megalithic monuments, follow Greek and Roman presence in Roses and Empúries, know really interesting Romanesque monuments such as Sant Pere de Rodes, Sant Quirze de Colera or Vilabertran, small villages full of history and art such as Cadaqués, Peralada, Castelló d’Empúries, visit the Dalí Museum in Figueres (region’s capital), or this artist’s House-Museum in Port-Lligat.
  • • It is also important to say that we are in the middle of one of the most important wine growing areas in Catalonia. There are many wineries that produce high quality wines and that organise visits and other activities related to wine produce and environment knowledge as well.
  • •Those who prefer active tourism will also find a wide variety of entertainment: golf courses, horse or bike riding, water sports (kayak, windsurf…), skydiving, the Wind Tunnel in Empuriabrava, hiking (the Route to Santiago, Itinerànnia), etc.
  • • And, all year, no end of fun and cultural activities: Peralada Casino, music festivals, fairs, exhibitions, museums, water parks, night clubs, etc.
  • • The richness and variety of our area offer so many options that everyone can find what they want.
  • Peralada With almost 1,500 inhabitants, Peralada includes since 1975 the village of Vilanova de la Muga and, within the municipal district, we can find several groups of country houses. Peralada’s historical personality is constantly shown. Its narrow streets, the museums, Sant Domènec’s cloisters, its library… give a unique look. Still to be seen in the old part are the stretches of the town walls, with well-preserved gateways leading into the town and the castle on top of the hillock. That fortified Gothic castle has been through several phases of renovation. It is surrounded by sizeable gardens and now houses the present-day Casino de Peralada, one of the three casinos in Catalonia, as well as an international festival for the performing arts in summer.
  • Cadaqués
  • Cadaqués is a fishing village built on grey slate and surrounded by olive groves. Much frequented by artists, it has a striking beauty and a personality all of its own: steep cobbled streets, whitewashed houses perched on the rocks, and a wild landscape all around.
  • At the highest point of the old part of the village, we find Saint Mary’s Church. It is a late Gothic building, started in the middle of the 16th century and finished in the 18th century. Inside, we find a superb Baroque wooden altarpiece made in 1725 and gilded in 1788, designed by Jacint Moretó and carried out by Pau Costa.
  • Cadaqués is related to art through Salvador Dalí, the artist who, in spite of being born in Figueres, was connected to the near Port-Lligat bay where, in the 1940′s, built his odd house.
  • Long ago, Cadaqués was already a place that many artists and intellectuals chose to spend short or long quiet times. This gave the village a great prestige and fame, above all in the circles of painters and fine artists.
  • Sant Pere de Rodes
  • Romanic Benedictine Monastery, the most emblematic of the Empordà. In spite of its uncertain origin, it was mentioned in documents since 878 and was abandoned definitively by the monks in 1798. Its main configuration is adopted between the 10th and 12th centuries with later extensions and renovations up to the present. Along with Saint Helen’s Church, the remains of the town with the same name and those of the Verdera Castle make up an extraordinary monumental group, to which we can add the spectacular landscape, with sea views over Cap de Creus. It is a National Monument since 1930.
  • Dalí Theatre-Museum – Figueres
  • The former municipal theatre is now the Dalí Theatre-Museum, and the genius’s mausoleum. It is located next to Saint Peter’s Church. The building which housed the theatre of the town of Figueres, designed by the architect Roca i Bros, was built between 1849 and 1850, but was destroyed by a fire at the end of the Spanish Civil War, in 1939. In 1961, the then mayor of the town suggested to Salvador Dalí that he should build a museum dedicated to his work.  The painter was struck by the former theatre’s ghostly charm and, with the idea of maintaining the structure of the building, chose it as the home for the future Dalí Theatre-Museum.  The museum was officially opened in 1974 and has since then continued to fill its halls with works by Dalí: from his first artistic experiences and his creations within the surrealistic movement, to the works produced in the last few years of his life. The façade and tower with the three baguettes and the giant eggs on the roof are the scenes in the town most photographed by visitors.
  • It houses a large part of the artist’s work since his start. Some of the most remarkable are: “The Spectre of Sex Appeal” (1932), “Leda Atomica” (1949) and “Galatea of the Spheres” (1952), among others. The collection is regularly enlarged with new acquisitions. There is also a permanent exhibition of jewelry designed by Salvador Dalí.
  • Opening times and prices: http://www.salvador-dali.org/
  • Salvador Dalí’s House-Museum – Portlligat
  • Located next to Portlligat Bay, this House-Museum consists of a group of fishing huts joined in a maze-like form that became the artist’s home for large periods of time. You can visit the workshop, library and places where he spent time, like his bedroom, garden, etc. Reservation required (Tel. + 34 972 251 015 / pllgrups@fundaciodali.org)
  • The Citadel – Roses
  • Walled enclosure that contains remains of different eras and occupations. One of the two Greek settlements in the Iberian Peninsula, a Roman villa, a Romanesque church and a medieval town. All of that in an area of great beauty and interest. In 1961, it was declared a National Historical-Artistic Centre. Rhode Ave.
  • Ruins of Empúries
  • It is one of the two Greek settlements known up to now in the Iberian Peninsula. Historical centre that gathers two different cultures: the Greeks (6th century BC) and the Romans (218 BC), although most of the visible remains correspond to the era in which the Greek and Roman town was established as a single municipality. In the Greek town, we must stand out the Asklepios temple ( 2nd century BC) and the Hellenistic breakwater ( 2nd – 1st century BC), while in the Roman one it stands out the mosaics of the grand domus (houses) (1st century BC – 1st century AD), the forum or political, religious and economic centre (1st century BC – 3rd century AD) or the main door of the wall ( 1st century BC).

BEACHES AND COVES

  • - In Llançà (Grifeu beach, Les Assutzenes beach, Ras cape, Canyelles beach, El Port de Llançà beach, Farella cove, Les Tonyines cove and El Cau del Llop beach).
  • - In Roses (L’Almadrava beach, Pelosa cove, Calitjà cove, Jóncols cove, Montjoi cove, Rostella cove, Murtra cove, Canyelles Grosses beach, Canyelles Petites beach, Els Palangrers beach, La Punta beach, Nova or Gran beach, El Rastell beach, El Salatar beach and Santa Margarita beach).
  • - In Empuriabrava (La Rubina beach, Empuriabrava beach and Can Comes beach at the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà).
  • - In El Port de la Selva (Tamariua cove, S’Arenella cape, Gran del Port beach, El Pas beach and Tavallera cove).
  • - In Portbou (Les Freses cove, El Pi cove, Les Tres Platgetes cove, Gran beach and El Claper beach) and in Colera (Garbet beach, El Claper beach, Rovellada cove, Els Morts beach and Les Barques beach).
  • - In Cadaqués (Portlligat beach, Culip cove, Fredosa cove, Jugadora cove, Bona cove, Guillola cove, Es Jonquet cove, S’Alqueria cove, S’Oliguera cove, Ses Oliveres cove, Sa Conca cove, Calanans, Gran beach, Es Llaner Petit beach and Port d’Alguer beach).
  • - In Sant Pere Pescador (La Gola beach, Can Martinet beach, Can Nera beach, Can Sopa beach, Cal Cristià beach, El Cortal de la Vila beach, El Cortal de la Devesa beach and El Riuet beach).
  • - In L’Escala (El Riuet beach, Empúries beach, El Moll Grec beach, Les Muscleres beach (Large and Small), El Portitxol, El Rec beach, La Creu cove, La Platja beach, Port d’en Perris, Riells beach and L’Illa Mateua cove).

NATURAL PARKS

  • Alt Empordà is an extraordinary area in terms of natural heritage. We must highlight that it is the only region within Catalonia with three Natural Parks in just 100 km²: Aiguamolls de l’Empordà (wetland), Cap de Creus and l’Albera mountain range.
  • L’Albera
  • This natural site is located on the Southern slope of the Albera massif and it comprises two very different areas: the western part in the Requesens-Baussitges area with Central European vegetation (wet beech woods and oak groves), and the eastern part in the Sant Quirze de Colera area which is more Mediterranean, with vegetation consisting of oaks and wild bushes, inhabited by the last colonies of the Mediterranean tortoise. The park was created in 1986 and covers an area of 4,108 hectares within La Jonquera, Espolla and Rabós. Its area of influence also covers the towns and villages of Llançà, Colera, Portbou, Cantallops, Vilamaniscle and Garriguella.
  • Els Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
  • This is the second wetland area in Catalonia. It is made up by several ponds, swamps and flood plains in the confluence of the rivers Muga and Fluvià. It is an exceptional habitat for fauna, especially for wetland birds. In 1983, the place was declared a National Natural Site of Interest, based on its wide-ranging zoological and botanic reserves. It covers an area of 4,866 hectares. Its creation was the result of an intense and long defence campaign that began in 1976 to halt an urban development project whose aim was to create a residential marina for 60,000 people in the lake area located in the estuary of the rivers Muga and Fluvià. The towns and villages within the park area of influence are: L’Armentera, Castelló d’Empúries, L’Escala, Palau-saverdera, Pau, Pedret i Marzà, Peralada, Roses and Sant Pere Pescador.
  • Cap de Creus Natural Park
  • It is the last spur of the Pyrenees and the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. The coast is rough and rugged with striking cliffs and isolated coves. The Cap de Creus Natural Park was created in 1998 and protects the Cap de Creus peninsula and its marine environment. It is the first natural park in the country to cover both sea and land, and stretches over 13,886 hectares. The land area includes three natural sites of national interest: Cap Gros-Cap de Creus in the north; Punta Falconera-Cap Norfeu in the south, and the Rodes Mountains in the west. Furthermore, all the islands and islets in the Natural Park’s marine environment are also covered by the same category. The towns and villages within the park area of influence are: Cadaqués, Llançà, Palau-saverdera, Pau, El Port de la Selva, Roses, La Selva de Mar and Vilajuïga.

HIKING

  • The Alt Empordà region is a paradise for Nature sports lovers, because it offers a wide variety of activities. Hiking is a settled tradition among local population. The variety of landscapes mixes with a long network of hiking trails (Itinerànnia), or other important routes such as Transpyrénéenne (that starts and finishes at Cap de Creus end), or the route skirting the Mediterranean Sea (from Portbou to Escala), and local routes through other parks (perfect for one-day walks).
  • Itinerànnia is a network of hiking trails that stretches over 2,500 kilometres and joins the regions of Ripollès, Garrotxa and Alt Empordà.
  • Walking enjoying the area, this is the network of trails objective.
  • Itinerànnia has restored former transport routes between villages in order to provide access to any spot, down to the tiniest of enclaves. The network is stimulated by the natural and cultural assets of three areas, the main attractions for people visiting our lands. It allows you to walk from the Pyrenees to the sea and from the sea to the Pyrenees.
  • And while it is possible to go almost anywhere by car, you can do so on foot as well now.
  • More info: web d’Itinerànnia.