What can I do in Vilajuïga and its holiday cottages?
Megalithic constructions, a medieval castle and a brutal wine tourism offer. This is what you will find in Vilajuïga, a small town located in the interior of Alt Empordà
, near Peralada and Castelló d'Empúries
. A town, moreover, located in a unique natural environment: in the middle of the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà
and Cap de Creus
The history of Vilajuïga and its surroundings
Although there is evidence of an Iberian and Roman presence, Vilajuïga is mentioned for the first time in several documents from the 10th century. It is also known that it belonged to the County of Empúries and was owned by the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries the population increased considerably due to the revival of the Catalan countryside. It shows some of the houses and farmhouses that we find scattered around the municipality, such as the Mas de Montperdut or the Mas d'en Satlle. Oil and wine were mainly harvested in its fields, which were exported to Switzerland and Germany. Vilajuïga, in addition, has been and is known historically for having unique mineral waters, which spring from the Verdera mountain.
What to do during your stay at a tourist accommodation in Vilajuïga?
Visit the megalithic buildings and the church of Sant Feliu
If what you like is cultural tourism and history, you cannot miss the Megalithic Route, an itinerary through the megalithic complex of Coma d'Infern - which dates between the 4th and 2nd millennium BC - where we find several dolmens, such as the Carena, the Talaia or the Vinya del Rei, among others. Another must-see is the Romanesque church of Sant Feliu de Vilajuïga, which was converted into a neoclassical temple during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Walk to the castle of Quermançó
If you want to continue visiting historical monuments, it is highly recommended to approach the ruins of the medieval castle of Quermançó, located on top of a hill. Don't forget your camera, because the views are spectacular. It is a castle that was built in the 10th century and subsequently renovated and expanded. Although it had been abandoned for centuries, during the Spanish Civil War it was a point of republican resistance.
Wine tourism in Vilajuïga and the Wine Route
One of the most interesting routes in Vilajuïga, especially for wine lovers, is the Wine Route. A tour of vineyards and wineries such as Celler Espelt, Celler Gelamà and, finally, Celler Cooperatiu Empordàlia, where you can also buy Oli de Pau.