We could spend hours talking about the attractions of Catalonia: the wonderful beaches of the Costa Brava, the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona, the modernist jewels, amazing castles, the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park … Of course, we must mention its beautiful villages , among which Besalú, Castellfollit de la Roca and Peratallada stand out , a Spanish town located in the province of Girona that belongs to the municipality of Forallac, Baix Empurdà.
Declared a Historic-Artistic Site and Asset of National Interest, the town is one of the most important and best-preserved centers of medieval architecture in Spain. Today at Vuela Viajes we move to this Catalan town to discover it more thoroughly. Surely after what we tell you below and the images that we show you in our gallery, you will add Peratallada to your list of next destinations. Would you like to join us?
A town of great beauty
As you can see for yourself by taking a look at the images that we show you in our gallery, Peratallada is a town of great beauty. As we have told you, one of its great attractions is that it retains its medieval appearance, being able to find narrow and winding streets here. The first written record of this town dates from the 10th century. These are documents that refer to the Castle of Peratallada, around which the population grew.
The Castle of Peratallada
There are many corners of this medieval town that are worth visiting, but above all the Peratallada Castle, dating from the 11th century, stands out. However, it seems that in this place there had already been a fortress before. This fortified nucleus is located on top of a natural rock. Of course, it is important to bear in mind that to increase the unevenness with respect to the ground, the rock was cut vertically , as if it were a wall. The castle towers and the palace, which is oriented to the east, are preserved. In addition, you can see remains of battlements. Of course, the hallmark of the town is the Torre del Homenaje, rectangular in shape, which is crowned by square battlements.
Other points of interest
Beyond the castle, Peratallada hides other places of interest such as, for example, the portal of the Virgin, which is the only section of the walls that surrounded the town that has survived to this day in good condition. In this sense, it is important to bear in mind that this was one of the most fortified Catalan towns. We must also highlight the church of Sant Esteve, a Romanesque construction dating from the 13th century. Also, you should know that in its narrow streets you can still find an interesting set of popular architecture. In fact, characteristic houses from the 16th century are still preserved. These are houses that are characterized by having two floors: the first, with stone-covered vaults, is intended for storage and cellars, while the second are dedicated to the living room. Some also have another floor as a loft or barn. In addition, they usually have a patio in the back.
Finally, we want to tell you about its gastronomy, another of the great attractions of this town. In fact, you should know that in the narrow streets of its historic center you can find numerous restaurants that are worth visiting. If you don’t want to risk too much, you can let yourself be guided by TripAdvisor, which recommends restaurants such as Candelaria, Hotel Restaurant La Riera, L’Arc Vell, Can Bonay and El Borinot. Then we leave you with our gallery , where you will find more images of this beautiful medieval town located in Girona. Do not miss it!
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