Pure nature and rich artistic heritage in Alt Emporda – Holidays and tourism in Catalonia (Spain)

Rocks of all shapes, crystal clear waters and endless vineyards. Not all beaches in Alt Emporda. The hearts of those who come to these places are conquered by the wide variety of places worth visiting.

These are both natural monuments and cultural attractions. Here you can visit medieval villages and castles, the majestic Sant Pere de Rodes or find traces of Salvador Dali. And all this at the northern end of the Costa Brava.

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Cap de Creus is a nature park that combines sea and land. Thus, it seems to encircle the Cap de Creus peninsula (about 11,000 hectares) and its maritime territory (about 3,000 hectares). Here you can admire steep cliffs full of wind and salt, islands and islets, secluded bays. Here, in the streams of the crazy wind Tramuntana, which gives a special character to the climate, you can see endemic and unique plant species in the world.

Lately, to avoid congestion, access to the Cap de Creus Natural Park by private car is restricted and a bus must be used to reach the increasingly frequent edge of the cape.

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Cap de Creus Park includes the municipalities of Cadaqués, El Port de la Selva, La Selva de Mar, Llanca, Vilajuiga, Palau Sabardera and Roses. All of them are distinguished by strict old stone buildings, which fit very harmoniously into the wild landscape of the area.

At the same time, among the municipalities, Cadaqués is worth noting because of its location, a harmonious set of whitewashed houses and a characteristic bell tower, but also because a fishing village has been preserved here.

Between the castles and monasteries of the area, it is worth stopping on your way to Sant Pere de Rodes. This simple but impressive monastery is perched on a mountain overlooking the sea. It is a landmark of Catalan romance and you can visit most of the outbuildings.

If Alt Emporda is known for one thing, it is for its wines. A growing oenological culture, as evidenced by the numerous wineries that open their doors to show the traveler how to make wine.

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Visit to the workshop and home of Salvador Dali.

This is the natural fishing port of Cadaqués, which became famous after the artist Salvador Dali settled and spent most of his life here, creating many of his masterpieces inspired by local views. Since 1997, the Portlligat barracks have become Daly’s house-museum.

The master lived here until 1982, when, after the death of Gala’s wife, he decided not to move to Pubol Castle. A visit to the Dali House Museum allows you to dive into the atmosphere that reigned here during his creative activity. Tickets must be purchased in advance at www.salvador-dali.org.

Sant Pere de Rodes

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Pure Romanesque style and the best sea views.

The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes rises from one of the peaks of the Sierra de Rodes, a mountain range on the north coast of the Alt Empordà, which offers beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the many testimonies of Catalan Romanesque architecture, but perhaps the most majestic.

At present, most of the architectural ensemble is open to the public, built on terraces so that it can be adapted to the steep terrain. Scenes from the life of Christ, carved in white marble on the facade by the master Cabestany, are considered the best artistic icons of that time.

Cadaques

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Sea pearl on the Costa Brava.

Few villages have still retained their charm. Since the Middle Ages, the Cadaqués have been a collection of cobbled and steep streets leading to the parish church of Santa Maria (16th century).

From above it is pleasant to contemplate a magnificent view of the bay, from Koukurukuk (island) and to the south the lighthouse Cala Nans, which is a pleasant walk of seven kilometers. Sa Conca or Cala Cugliaro are two of the most beautiful beaches, although it is difficult to choose in this area. Walking along the Camino de Ronda is another pleasure worth visiting.

Wineries and vineyards

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Itineraries, blind tastings and personal tours.

The Empordà brand of origin indicates a large number of wineries with an extensive wine tourism offer that includes site visits, food in the middle of the vineyards, visits to wineries located in beautiful natural landscapes, wine therapies, visits to museums with gastronomic offer.

It also offers many events that fuel the interest in wine. For example, this is a kayak with wine tasting, a visit to wineries by bicycle, blind tasting. Here the wine culture is deeply rooted and one of the pleasures is to be seduced by those who know best and learn their secrets.

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