Medieval places in the province of Girona
GIRONA / CATALONIA / SPAIN PROVINCE: In a history based on the coexistence of a number of small independent counties and monasteries, the importance of the Middle Ages around Girona is all too obvious. Walled cities, castles, Romanesque and Gothic churches, palaces and other architectural and cultural elements prove this sufficiently.
We leave Girona north via the C-66 towards La Bisbal d'Empordà. At Bordils, we turn into the GIV-6701, which takes us through Sant Martí el Vell, a lovely little village with a church from 1433 and a curious, pointed late Gothic bell tower, the beautifully located Madremanya and finally Monells and Cruïlles leads. On the C-66 are also the towns of La Bisbal and Corçà. La Bisbal, a castle in the middle of town, has several arcaded houses, a charming Plaça Major and the Carrer del Call. Along with the stretch of track. It is only 2 km to Monells and Cruïlles, as well as Monells to Corçà. Monells has a beautiful arcaded main square. The main doubt of the Romanesque tower in Cruïlles.
We leave La Bisbal via the C-66 towards Palafrugell, but soon find ourselves on the GI-644, which brings us to Peratallada. We are here in a typical medieval fortified village with irregular streets. Continuing along the road, we soon reach the village of Ullastret, which is mainly known for the nearby Iberian branch. Not far away is Palau-Sator, whose medieval lanes are located in the former Palau de la Torre, with its impressive tower. Back on the GI-651 we come across a small pre-Romanesque church in Sant Julià de Boada, and a little further on, in Sant Feliu de Boada, there is a Gothic fortified church. From here it is not more far to Pals. The village of Pals, whose territory includes a beach two kilometers away, is one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Catalonia.
On the C-31 we reach Torroella de Montgrí, a lively commercial area where the remains of ancient towers and medieval city walls can be admired. In summer, a well-known international music festival takes place here. Leaving Torroella on the C-31 in the direction of Verges, we soon come to Ullà, a small medieval village with a stately church in the further course of the route we turn then on the GI -632 to Bellcaire d'Empordà and come on here the 13th-century castle and the Romanesque church of Sant Joan. Next stop is Albons, with the Romanesque parish church of Sant Cugat, and then the C-31 brings us back to Figueres, where we reach the C-260 Castelló d'Empúries. The medieval Castelló d'Empúries was the capital of the county of Empúries and has extremely interesting buildings. But the jewel of the place is the Gothic church of Santa Maria. We return to Figueres, drive around the city in the north and then take the C-252, which brings us to Peralada.
It is important to visit the Peralada Castle, where in summer the venue of the largest international music festival in Catalonia. Now back to Figueres and from there on the N-260 to Besalú, an impressive medieval village, the largest of the visitor. Attention should be paid and then serve as a starting point for all the various medieval towns in the Garrotxa district.
Not far from Besalú we reached via the GIV-5234 the small Romanesque village Beuda. Particularly interesting are the Romanesque churches of Sant Domènec in Palera and Sant Feliu de Beuda, the latter with a precious baptismal font. Continue to Santa Pau in the heart of the Natural Park of the Garrotxa volcanic area. Further along the route we will come to Olot and from there we will take the C-152 and later the GIP-5272 to Els Hostalets d'en Bas in the municipality of La Vall d'en Bas. Now we drive back a bit and take the road to Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Les Plans d'Hostoles i Amer. Our route then continues to Anglès with one of the most beautiful Gothic quarters of Catalonia. In the vicinity of the village, the visitor will also find beautiful farmhouses. From Anglès we head back to Girona, the end of our route.