A land of stark contrasts that perfectly combines mountain and sea creating an idyllic landscape
The Alt Empordà has a varied landscape, north borders the Pyrenees and France, and east by the Mediterranean. It is a land of constant contrasts: cliffs and beaches, craggy peaks and cultivated fields, sea and mountain, which combines a whole without standing out.
A place of incredible sensations where the north wind roaring loudly, the north wind, say upsets those who live there, but is also a source of inspiration for artists such as Dali and his dream images.
A route will take us inside, where you can still visit medieval villages and along the coast, where the towns of marine air prevail. A different land with extraordinary natural and cultural heritage that welcomes those who desire to know
The Alt Empordà, in the province of Girona, is a walk in white coastal villages full of charm that make a calm, bright and refined landscape. In this area, cuisine shows its Mediterranean side and haute cuisine blends with tradition. The salted fish are a good example of this and L’Escala stands as the birthplace of one of their specialties, anchovy. This village, beginning of our route, is one of the great masterpieces in salting of fish from arrival in Empúries in the sixth century BC V, the Phoenician and Greek peoples.
In addition, the town is overturned since 1940 in developing anchovy traditional methods, with high standards in selecting the best fish, always looking for a unique texture and flavor. This noble profession has impacted on its architecture and as an example, the five factories anchovies we can visit to learn how the process of salting, preservation and packaging.
L’Escala has also Anxova i l’Museum of Salt and Fish Interpretation Centre.
Following the geography of this coastal village tour the picturesque fishing district of Sant Martí Empurias the seventeenth century and, of course, the ancient Greco-Roman city of Empúries. It is the only archaeological site of the peninsula where coexist remains of a Greek city (VI century BC.) With remains of a Roman town (first century BC.). This settlement is made up of three towns: the ancient Greek city, Palaiapolis; the new Greek city, Neapolis, and the Roman city.
Here is one of the venues of the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia (MAC). It is also time to take a bath and enjoy a walk along the beaches of the town, among which the Empurias linked by a pedestrian walk a mile and a half; the Montgo cove with a defense tower of the sixteenth century, and Riells beach, which stretches to the fishing port of Clota.
On the road we reach the end of the route, at the easternmost town in the Iberian Peninsula: Cadaques, in the Cap de Creus. Wedged between the sea and the rock, Dalí was completely captivated by this villa and can still visit the house of the surrealist painter in the cove of Port Lligat.
This was his only stable residence and she lived and worked until the death of Gala. For 40 years, the painter built and shaped the old fisherman’s hut he had acquired to make, in his words, “a true biological structure.”
The architectural layout consists of three rooms: the intimate space, work or study and the public, complete with very proportionate openings that frame the wonderful scenery surrounding the house.
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