In the small village of Viladamat, located in the south of the Alt Empordà
and very close to Empúries, the old Greek colony and L'Escala
, you can find very authentic holiday cottages and ideal tourist accommodation to enjoy this village in the plain of Emporda. An area full of history that will delight lovers of cultural tourism and cycle tourism. A place to get to know the agricultural landscape of the Empordà.
What can I do in Viladamat and its holiday cottages?
Cultural tourism, cycle tourism and a lot of history. This is what you will find in Viladamat, a small town located at the southern end of Alt Empordà
, next to Empúries and L'Escala
, known above all for the Tolegassos archaeological site
and its typical Empordà agricultural landscape.
The history of Viladamat and its surroundings
In Viladamat there is evidence of Iberian settlements and, from the 1st century BC, the first Roman settlements can already be detected there. In fact, the etymology of Viladamat comes from the name Amatus, possibly a Roman villa that has not been found. We find the first mention of the town in the 11th century. Viladamat also played a prominent role during the Catalan Civil War since not only was the Battle of Viladamat celebrated there, but the defeat forced King John II and Prince Ferdinand (the future Ferdinand the Catholic) to take refuge there. Until the beginning of the 20th century, when the population began to grow beyond the limits, the urban center of Viladamat did not undergo major urban transformations. On February 3, 1939, in the middle of the republican retreat during the Spanish Civil War, Franco's aviation bombarded Viladamat.
What to do during your stay at a tourist accommodation in Viladamat?
Visit its archaeological and architectural heritage
One of the most unique and, at the same time, essential places in Viladamat is undoubtedly the Roman archaeological site of Tolegassos , which consists of a small Roman villa, two family necropolises and a tile kiln. You can't miss the monumental complex of Sant Feliu de la Garriga, which includes a Romanesque church and a castle, the pre-Romanesque chapel of Santa Eulàlia and the 16th-century parish church of Sant Quirze and Santa Júlia.
Practice cycle tourism or walk around the village
If you want to discover the authentic agricultural landscape of l'Empordà, you can choose to walk through the old town, where you will see magnificent Gothic-Renaissance style farmhouses such as Can Poch or Can Ponç, or cycle around the village and go to the center of Palau-Borrell. In addition, Viladamat is also an ideal place to get closer to Empúries and visit the remains of the Greek settlement.