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The Baix Emporda region's tourist office have prepared a series of driving circuits which together help you to discover the key sites of the area. This map can be found in any of the tourist offices of the area.

Medieval towns and villages circuit of the Baix Emporda region

Spain This Way review: The Costa Brava is a stunning stretch of the Spanish coast and the Baix Emporda is the loveliest stretch of this coast. However there is more to the area than the coastal towns and villages and inland are some really lovely medieval towns and villages.

Pals

To explore all highlights of the Baix Emporda area the tourist office have identified 6 key driving circuits to discover them all.

One of these is a circuit of the medieval towns and villages of the area. Pick up a map to see the route in full but below is an outline of the main villages to see and some of the smaller villages on the circuit.

The circuit begins at Pals which is a few kilometers inland of Begur. Pals is a lovely medieval village which has been beautifully restored and has beautiful narrow alleys and charming buildings to explore.

Be sure to take a look at the Gothic church of Saint Pere and the round tower which is all that remains of the castle of Pals.

Although the castle has largely disappeared the remparts and defensive towers in Pals are well preserved.

The circuit then passes through the village of Torrent and on to Sant Feliu de Boada which has an interesting Gothic style church.

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Sant-Julia -de-Boada also has an interesting church. This one is a pre-Romanesque church and one of the best examples of its kind in Spain.

The next village, Fontclara, has an 11th century Romanesque church and was once the location of a monastery.

Palau-Sator is a medieval village with the traditional grid-pattern layout. Defensive walls can still be seen and both a tower which remains of a former castle and an impressive clock tower.

On the edge of the village is a 13th century church which was unfortunately closed when we visited but inside are some revolutionary paintings, painted on the walls.

These were painted by Lluis Bosch Marti in 1968 and represent a more united world and confront hatred and violence.

In 1969 the painter and dean were asked to show the paintings to a group of students but these were actually a fascist group who tied up the painter and dean and covered the paintings in black paint!

The paintings were digitally restored in 2019.

Palau Sator

Next on the tour is Peratallada which is one of the "most beautiful villages of Spain" and a highlight of this circuit.

Canapost and its Romanesque church is next and then Ullastret with attractive streets and an 11th century Romanesque church.

Sant Iscle is another charming village and has a viewpoint with great views over the surrounding countryside.

Rupia is a fine village with a Gothic-style castle, a grid pattern of streets and some defensive walls and entrance gates in to the village.

Foixa is actually a communal name for five hamlets but the main one with the castle is another place with great views over the surrounding area.

You can also see the spot where King John I had a hunting accident which led to his death in 1396.

Ullastret

Further along the circuit Pubol is an interesting stop because here you can visit a 14-16th century castle that Salvador Dali bought for his wife Gala. This is now the Gala-Dali House museum

Monells has an attractive arcaded main square and some original defensive walls.

The last key stop on the route is La Bisbal d'Emporda which is the main town of this area and is a major pottery centre if you are looking to buy some colourful local pottery.

In the centre is a 11-12th century castle built in the Romanesque civil architecture style of Catalonia.

Attractions nearby

The other driving circuits to explore the Baix Emorda are: the Montgri mountain route; the river Ter route, the Gavarres mountain route; the beaches and coves route and the Vall d'Aro and Ardenya mountain route.

The area is most popular for its seaside towns including Calella de Palafrugel, Platja d'Aro and Sant Feliu de Guixols.

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