Famous for its small coves of turquoise water and seaside towns where you can enjoy the summer season, the Costa Brava also possesses a hinterland full of charm. Historic towns, authentic villages, volcanic landscapes, forests and medieval castles: so many treasures to discover during a holiday in Spain.
Known as the second capital of Catalonia, Girona is a city steeped in medieval history with a vibrant atmosphere. Whether it's the walls of the Barri Vell, the old town, the banks of the Onyar river lined with colourful houses, or famous religious buildings such as the Basilica of Saint Felix, Girona is a fascinating city with a reputation for good living.
If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you must visit the filming locations of the cult series. Food tip: try a xuixo, a local speciality of traditional cream fritters.
The Costa Brava is not only a first-class seaside destination but also a land rich in history. The many medieval villages scattered throughout its territory, such as Palau Sator, a picturesque town surrounded by a medieval wall, or Peratallada, out time, bear witness to this. La Bisbal d'Empordà, the capital of pottery and antique dealers, is a network of narrow streets, charming squares and old houses built around the bishop's palace. Or Pals, with its unique view of the Catalan countryside and the sea on the horizon. Or Besalù and its historic-artistic complex are considered one of the best-preserved in Catalonia.
The Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park boasts a range of magnificent landscapes, with over forty volcanoes hidden in the vegetation. Thanks to its colourful hues, which change from one season to the next, La Garrotxa is pleasant to visit. It is a territory of high mountains, calm and great beauty. Be sure to visit the picturesque villages of Oix and Beuda. The area is part of the Natura 2000 network, a European initiative to protect unique natural sites.
The region of Peralada, in the Alt Empordà, is renowned for its centuries-old wine-growing traditions and quality wines. In the heart of this wine-growing region stands a medieval castle, a master's property, surrounded by a beautiful park. The former Carmelite convent, built in the 14th century, houses a museum and a well-stocked library, including over a thousand editions of Don Quijote de la Mancha.
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