Alt Empordà


This region of Girona is the most virgin and it has the best-preserved monuments of the province. Its natural parks, coves and rocky shores, its medieval villages ... give it a great personality. It is no coincidence that many artists, like Dali, settled in the Alt Empordà. This route allows us to camp in idyllic landscapes and visit the best museums in Catalonia.

We stop in Figueres, the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, where the artist built his famous Theatre-Museum. The trip is worth doing, just to see the surreal architecture of the building. The museum contains works of all periods; please do not miss the face of Mae West, one of the best of Dalí.


When leaving you can visit the weekly market, open every Thursday and Saturday from 8h to 13h in the Plaza Catalunya, with organic products from the region.

In the old town of Figueres, you can try some tapas in places like Txots, Dynamic, Cal Music, Nou Savoy, Granada or Cal Carnisser. For food lovers, we recommend Antaviana restaurant or the famous Motel Empordà, and the Duran Hotel. Good, nice, cheap and highly recommended: Annie Hall, the restaurant inside the tennis club.


From there we recommend going north to the “pantano de Boadella”, ideal for camping on the premises of the Yacht Club.

From there, we can visit interesting wineries as Oliveda in Capmany, which has been cultivating vine since 1764. Nowadays, they produce wines with Designation of Origin Empordà, sparkling wines (cava) and Grenache liquor. Inside, there is a museum with a large collection of objects related to the world of viticulture. The town of Cistella offers more wineries like Más Vida, which is located on top of Puig Corcoll, 1 km from the village and 11km of Figueras; dedicated to wine and oil. They offer all kinds of tours and activities in the cellar.

And further north, you can visit the Requesens Castle that sits in the middle of the Albera, which belongs to the Mediterranean Pyrenees and offer a great natural wealth with dolmens, chapels and a lot of medieval buildings. The current building is a neo - medieval reconstruction of the old castle (s. XIII); you have to call before to confirm the visit.


From Boadella, we can also visit Sant Llorenc de la Muga. Near there, we find many natural pools to bathe in. The medieval place is notable for its good state of preservation, as well as most of the houses in the old town.


The mountains of Sant Llorenc, at a low altitude, offer a wide diversity of rural roads, paths and tracks for walking and mountain biking, with different levels of difficulty: the GR- 11, the tanspirenaica mountain biking, the Natural Way La Muga, local trails, biking routes network of Salines Bassegoda or Itinerànnia trail network.


7 km from Sant Llorenç, we find Albanyà p, an isolated and quiet village that has one of the best examples of primitive Catalan Romanesque in the church of Sant Pere. Albanyà is located in a massif with a great diversity of forest habitats, forest birds and raptors. This pre - Pyrenean area is sparsely populated and is ideal for hiking, adventure sports, horse riding, 4x4, etc. It is ideal for outdoor camping, but we also recommend Camping Bassegoda Park, which borders the Park Areas of Natural Interest of the Alta Garrotxa.


From Albanyá, we head down the coast to Port de la Selva. The tour is like a lunar landscape, because of the drowning of the massif of the Pyrenees into the sea. The isolation of the villages, located in the massif, makes them maintain their character and unique Mediterranean architecture.


In Port de la Selva, we can have a swim in Cala Tamariua and eat some fish tapas at a good price in the restaurant Can Barcelino (Mar, 22 street)

In the village, we recommend the Pizzeria Sol de Nit, the Bar Felip that makes good fried ecological eggs, the Galician tavern or Can Parleta for its tapas. At the entrance of the village, there is a civic centre with football and basketball courts, a very appropriate place if we go with children. Port de la Selva also has a camping in the natural park, with a swimming pool, located 1 km from the beach:

Camping Port de la Selva Ctra. Roses a Cadaques 17489 El Port de la Selva Girona

From Port de la Selva, we can go hiking; we recommend to go the Monastery of San Pere de Rodes, the most important Catalan Romanesque monument. Located in a spectacular landscape, in the Sierra de Rodes, it is about 520 m high and you can enjoy a unique view over the Port de la Selva and Cap de Creus from there.

We can reach the monastery by van or walking. By van, we have to take the local road, right at the junction of the Selva de Mar. If we go walking, we have to take the road out of the valley of Santa Cruz to the Monastery, or following the GR11 from Port de la Selva.

Another great excursion is going to the Selva de Mar; a picturesque village located under the mountain of Sant Pere de Rodes, which maintains its environment and architecture.

The road from Port de la Selva to Cadaqués is ver stunning, with fabulous views over the Cap de Creus, despite of the curves. Once in Cadaqués, get a nice walk around the village, visiting art galleries and the baroque church.


Have a coffee at the Casino is a tradition; as well as sitting on the terrace of the Café Marina to look at the sea. By night, it is highly recommended listening to the live music of Cafe Habana, from which you have a beautiful panorama of the bay.


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Úrsula 17/03/2017
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