17256 Platja de Pals (Costa Brava) Spain
GPS: 41º59'43.69" N, 3º11'50.00" E
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The first reference to the mediaeval village of Pals is from the 9th century, although the walled enclosure dates back to the 12th century. Names like “Palus”, which refer to a pond or swamp, or “Mont Asperus”, which refers to a hill, gave life to this village where important feudal lords lived, such as Sansa de Santa Eugenia, Elisenda de Montcada, Violant de Bar, or Joana Enríquez, among others.
We recommend starting the visit at Plaza Cataluña and going up the paved road in that goes to Ca la Pruna House of Culture, where you can visit the Underwater Archaeological Museum and an exhibition of Catalan wines and cavas.
If you continue climbing through the village, you’ll come into its streets and you'll delight in the architecture of its dwellings until you come to the church of San Pedro, built in the 10th century using stones and blocks from the old castle. It’s a church of Gothic and Romanesque art, but you can also appreciate traces of Baroque in its facade remodelled in the 17th century. A visit to its interior is a must in order to see the transept, the vault and the Black Madonna.
Continuing along the walkway and skirting the church, you'll come to the Tower of the Hours, so named due to its Gothic bell-tower. Further on, you’ll find the so-called Josep Plà (1897-1981) viewpoint, in honour of the writer from Empordà who spent so much time in this place describing its geography. To the north, you can see in the foreground the Montgrí massif and the Medas Islands and in the background, Canigó. And to the south-west, Quermany: the emblematic mountain of the Pals municipality which flanks the villages of Regencós and Begur. It’s interesting to look at the Visigoth tombs around the tower.
Coming back down and leaving the church of San Pedro on the right, keep walking as far as the Plaza del Pueblo, where you can continue to admire the village’s architecture until you come to the Town hall.
On the way to Pals Beach, you come to the Masos de Pals, a nucleus which was made up of a group of fortified country houses with great architectural value. The 18th-century Church of the Masos de Pals is outstanding. The walk through its main street is very pleasant and you can admire authentic peasant houses which are still inhabited today.
The so-called Grau Beach, over 1.5 km in length and 40 metres wide, is probably one of the largest and least-crowded beaches in Catalonia; you can reach it by car and it has a car park guarded in the summer season. The beach extends from the mouth of the River Daró to the beach at El Racó, in the district of Begur, and passes in front of the old terrains where the Radio Liberty Antennas were located.