Romanesque architectural style and built on terraces to adapt to the terrain, the Benedictine monastery becomes a monumental complex in a truly enviable and amazing place. To get there from the car park, you have to walk along a stone footpath where you can begin to enjoy the imposing views of the coast.
The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes has more than a thousand years of history and became, in its day, the most powerful monastery in the county of Empúries thanks to the donations of nobles and pilgrims, who came to the monastery encouraged to observe the relics that they were kept there. They said they were exceptional: starting with the skull and right arm of Sant Pere (hence the name of the monastery), sand from the Colosseum in Rome, fingers, teeth, stones, even said to keep a bottle of Christ's blood.
Its origin has given rise from the past to speculations and legends. Some say it was founded by monks who landed in the area with the remains of Sant Pere and other Saints to take to Sant Pere de Rodes to be guarded. The first documentation of its existence dates from the year 878 as a monastic cell consecrated to Sant Pere, and it is not until the year 945 when it is considered an independent Benedictine monastery, ruled by an abbot. Linked to the county of Empúries, it reached its maximum splendor between the 11th and 12th centuries. In 1930 it was declared a national monument and in 1935 the Generalitat de Catalunya began the first restorations.
But in Sant Pere de Rodes there is much more than history! Every summer, it becomes the unique stage of the Sant Pere de Rodes music festival.
Guided tours of the monastery are organised throughout the year or can also be visited for free. Also, an original way to visit the Monastery is through guided tours that end with a small pairing in the Monastery restaurant, which also offers an extensive menu with dishes made with seasonal products and zero km.
Visit our rural houses in Girona and the Costa Brava and take a trip to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes to enjoy one of the best views of the bay of Port de la Selva and the north of Cap de Creus.