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Pals in the province of Girona in Spain's Catalonia region. It is a wonderful medieval village inland of the Costa Brava coast.
Pals is a few kilometers inland from the best part of the Costa Brava - the Baix Emporda. If you are looking for a rest from the beach then this is a lovely village to head for.
Pals is a medieval village which was once neglected but a local doctor set too in leading the restoration and it is now very attractive. This section is Gothic in origin as can be deduced from the pointy arches of some of the windows and doorways.
The main road into the village winds upwards towards the large tower which remains of the castle that once stood here. From here you can see the impressive ramparts and have views out over the surrounding countryside. Parts of the ramparts are planted up with impressive large cacti.
There are four large towers which remain of the original fortifications linked by the thick stone ramparts.
The church is also at the top of the village and inside you can admire the lovely vaulted Gothic interior.
The Placa Major in the heart of medieval Pals is a picturesque square and home to the town hall.
There is a small museum in Pals- the Museu-Casa de Cultura Ca La Pruna- which has a replica 18th century pharmacy and some items taken from an English warship which sank in the 1808 War of Independence at the siege of Roses.
Walking around the village you will spot a wealth of interesting architectural features such as turrets, arches and doorways.
In the village are a couple of shops selling the brightly coloured and cheaply-priced Catalan pottery which is made in the area and there are a few little cafes where you can idle away some time watching the world go by.
Pals sits above the Platja de Pals, a small and pleasant resort with various hotels and villas and a reasonable selection of bars and restaurants. The main beach is the Playa de Pals, surrounded by rocky cliffs.
Golf enthusiasts will know of Pals golf course which is one of the best in Spain and hosts a number of international competitions.
Places to visit near Pals
Peratallada is another lovely medieval village just a few kilometers from Pals.
The upmarket resorts of Llafranc and Tamarui are a little further south on the coast as is the lovely seaside village of Calella de Palafrugell.
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Map of Pals and places to visit
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See more places nearby in the Catalonia guide