In Girona we have places that look like a postcard. Medieval towns that will transport you in time and where you can lose yourself among its stones. Some of them have been the scene of movies or series, thanks to their ease to set them in time. Are you ready to step on the cobbled streets of some of the oldest towns in Girona?
1. Peratallada (Baix Empordà)
It is located in the municipality of Forallac, in the Baix Empordà region. Crossing the arch of the entrance to its walled enclosure you will realize right away that Peratallada is a medieval town with a great charm, and it preserves a great harmony in its rural architecture, and invites you to lose yourself among its alleys, towers and walls . It is a pretty tourist town where you can find restaurants and craft shops.
2. Besalú (La Garrotxa)It is not the first time we talk about Besalú, it is one of the most unique places of the Garrotxa area and we are in love with it. The combination of culture, tradition, gastronomy and nature that has proposed have made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. The medieval bridge is the image par excellence of the city. Built in the 12th century, it crosses the Fluvià River and is a must. The views from above the bridge are fantastic.
3. Pals (Baix Empordà)
Located in the Baix Empordà region, Pals has become one of the most admired towns of the Costa Brava, and it is essential to visit it, at least, for one day. You will find, when strolling, the Plaça Major, the Visigothic tombs, the church, the castle, Les Hores tower, the wall and the Josep Pla viewpoint, from where you can contemplate the beauty of the Empordà plain presided over by the Montgrí massif with the Medes Islands in the background. Pals is a magical place, cradle of popular experiences and legends that never leave the visitor indifferent.
Castelló d'Empúries had its maximum splendor during the Middle Ages, when the Counts of Empúries installed their residence here and became the capital of the county. Its architectural jewel is the church of Santa Maria (from the 13th century), known as the Empordà Cathedral. A walk through its narrow, cobbled streets will make you feel inside a postcard. In Castelló d'Empúries you can enjoy the Terra de Trobadors Festival, one of the longest-running mediaeval fairs in Catalonia.
5. Castellfollit de la Roca (La Garrotxa)
The singular town of Castellfollit de la Roca is located at an altitude of 296 m and rises on a basaltic cliff, due to the erosive action of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers on the volcanic remains of thousands of years ago. With less than one square kilometer, it is one of the smallest municipalities in Catalonia. We recommend you climb the bell tower, from where you will contemplate spectacular views, as well as cross the catwalk to see the view of the town from the river and make some impressive photos.
6. Palau-Sator (Baix Empordà)
The municipality of Palau-Sator consists of the small towns of Palau-Sator, Fontclara, Sant Julià de Boada, Sant Feliu de Boada and the Pantaleu neighborhood. The walled enclosure is a very good example of urban layout of an old medieval center. To access you have to cross Les Hores tower, and throughout the town you can still see remnants of walls and the structure of the streets.
7. Beget (La Garrotxa)
Beget is a picturesque village of the Alta Garrotxa region that is an architectural monument. A small corner next to the sky, located at 541 meters of altitude, whose houses and stone streets are staggered on the river, crossed by two old and well-preserved medieval bridges. One of the most beautiful Romanesque examples of the area is its church of Sant Cristòfor, sample of the purest pre-Pyrenean Romanesque.
8. Monells (Baix Empordà)
Monells belongs to the municipality of Cruïlles, Monells and Sant Sadurní de l'Heura and is located in the Baix Empordà region. The square Sant Jaume I is the center of the village, which since some time ago is known for being the set of the film Spanish Affair 2. Strolling through its streets surrounded by arches and stones you will travel to the 12th century.
9. Peralada (Alt Empordà)
Peralada is a totally medieval municipality of the Alt Empordà area with a long wine tradition. The town is known partly thanks to its golf course, its exceptional casino and also thanks to its wineries, where you can taste the prestigious Catalan Cava. Its symbol is the Peralada Castle, with two towers, a very remarkable battlement and gardens with centenary trees. This ancient residence of the Counts of Peralada was built during the 14th century in Alt Empordà.
10. Santa Pau (La Garrotxa)
A medieval village in the heart of the Garrotxa area from where you can contemplate splendid views over the valley El Ser. On a clear day, from the Portal del Mar, you can see the Gulf of Roses and the sea. Strolling through its old town you can enjoy its unique buildings such as the Castle built in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; the porticoed square or Firal dels Bous, which served as a shelter for the market; the gothic church of Santa Maria, with only one nave, or the viewpoint over the valley of El Ser.
A stroll through the cobbled streets of these timeless villages taken from a black and white postcard will make you feel as if you were in medieval times . Do not miss it and get lost in these 10 medieval towns of Girona!