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Charming villages near Roses

The Bay of Roses hides a very important historical legacy. Its privileged geographical location made it a port of entry for many civilizations; Greeks and Romans left their mark on the territory with plenty of traditions and customs and many traditional constructions.

In the Alt Empordà there are many megalithic remains in the form of menhirs and dolmens, scattered throughout the Verdera Mountains. The most important and best preserved of these, the Dolmen de la Creu de Cobertella (3000-2700 BC), is to be found in Roses. The Citadel of Roses, the Castle of San Ferran in Figueras or the Basilica of Castelló d'Empúries, invite us to explore this little piece of history. It also allows us to visit charming places where we can enjoy the views and the rich local gastronomy.


Roses located on the coast at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses, is an important tourist and fishing center. Its origins go back to the 8th century BC with the foundation of the Greek city of Rhodes. This historical event is now the mark of this coastal town. The must see sights include: the Citadel (Ciutadella de Roses), the Megalithic Complex, the “Trinity” Castle, the Visigothic Castle, the Bufalaranya’s Castle, the church of Santa Maria...

Castelló d'Empúries

Castelló d'Empúries (16.3km) is a medieval town located in the inland of the Costa Brava region. In 1079 it became capital of the Empúries county due to the previous capital being too easily sacked by pirates. Must see sights include the Basilica of Santa Maria also known as the Cathedral of Castelló d’Empúries and its medieval festival – Terra de Trobadors.


Figueres (26.4km) is the capital of the county of Alt Empordà in the province of Girona, Catalonia. The town is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí and houses the Dalí Museum, a large museum designed by Dalí himself attracting many visitors. Other sights include the Sant Ferran Castle, and the Parish church of St. Peter.


Peralada (27.1km) is a village in the inland of the Costa Brava. It was home of the Frankish Counts of Peralada who controlled this portion of the Marca Hispanica before becoming part of the lands under the control of the Count of Barcelona. The main sights of this village are: the French style Castle, the Parish church of Saint Martin, the Convent of Saint Dominic, the church of Santa Eulàlia, and the Convent of Carme.


Cadaqués (23km) is a fishing and artist village in the middle of the Cap de Creus Peninsula on the Costa Brava. Salvador Dalí often visited this village in his childhood and later kept a home in Port Lligat now a museum. Other famous artists that succumbed to the beauty of this place are: Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Marcel Duchamp, Richard Hamilton, Maurice Boitel, Josep Pla, or Federico García Lorca. The main attractions include: the Salvador Dalí House-museum, the church of Saint Mary, the Natural Park of Cap de Creus, the Gallery of Cadaqués, or the museum of Cadaqués, along many others.


Girona (65,8km) is the capital of the province of Girona. Girona is the ancient Gerunda accounting the Iberians as its first inhabitants. Later it was conquered by Romans, Visigoths and the Moors. Finally Carlemagne reconquered it in 785 and made it one of the fourteen original counter ships of Catalonia. Girona has one of the most important and well-preserved Jewish Quarters in Europe. This city has many attractions but the most visited ones include: the Cathedral, the Collegiate church of Sant Feliu, the Benedictine church of Sant Pere de Galligants, the old fortifications, the houses of the Onyar and the Jewish Heritage.