Essentials Medieval Empordanet
Medieval Empordanet
Villages tucked away among rice fields

The peaceful atmosphere that still pervades the area known as Empordanet to this day is a marvellous sensation. Lying between the city of Girona and the seaside towns of the Costa Brava, in Baix Empordà, the Empordanet area is dotted with medieval villages of which the local inhabitants are particularly proud.

Pals. Author: Pere Duran
  • Monells is a popular film location and the most famous village in the Empordanet and it’s easy to see just why if you take a stroll along Carrer dels Arcs to its arcaded square.

  • The same thing happens with Peratallada, part of the municipality of Forallac. Who wouldn’t consider this charming little Empordanet village and classified National Heritage Site to be one of Catalonia’s most attractive and important medieval treasures?

  • The village of Pals is set on a hill, in the heart of Romanesque country, surrounded by beautiful rice fields. There are plenty of local restaurants where you can tuck into a delicious traditional rice dish.

  • Nearby is Ullastret, an Iberian settlement dating back over 2,000 years and surrounded by itineraries ideal for cycling through the heart of the countryside.

  • Less publicised places worth visiting include Fonteta, where you can sample its famous cottage cheese; Cruïlles, where you can visit the monastery of Sant Miquel de Cruïlles; and Vulpellac, which boasts a Gothic-Renaissance castle, still intact despite being built in the fourteenth century.

And we mustn’t forget the road that links all the villages in Empordanet. You’re bound to find it fascinating, especially if you drive along it at sunset … Definitely not to be missed!