Essentials Tramontana Landscapes
Tramontana Landscapes
From Cap de Creus to the Montgrí massif

In the Empordà, the cold northerly tramontana wind has long been the object of innumerable literary references. It blows the clouds into strange shapes and leaves the sky clear and blue. Over the centuries, the tramontana has carved out some extraordinary landscapes mostly on the Alt Empordà coast.

Cap de Creus. Author: Dani Salvà
  • The first place that comes to mind on the route of landscapes created by the tramontana is undoubtedly the Cap de Creus headland, with its lighthouse, where you can sip an aperitif as you gaze out to sea. It can be reached by sea or by car.

  • Just down the road is the marvellous natural site called Tudela, with its weird and wonderful geological formations, rocks eroded by the wind and viewpoints for contemplating one of the most spectacular panoramas in the country.

  • Landscapes dotted with pretty fishing villages are an essential part of this route: Cadaqués, Portlligat and El Port de la Selva.

  • Landscapes that go from Cap de Creus to the Montgrí massif, passing through the Bay of Roses, with magnificent sunsets to captivate amateur photographers.

  • A bay at the foot of the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and the Albera massif, buffeted by the tramontana wind.

  • And from the mountains we head back to the coast, to the beautiful beach of Sant Martí d’Empúries and, behind it, to the ruins of Empúries, once the gateway to the Iberian Peninsula for the ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Finally, we reach L’Escala and its promenade, lined with restaurants – just the place to savour authentic local anchovies.