El Bajo Ampurdán, villages and landscapes to discover

Bajo Ampurdán, or Baix Empordá in Catalan, is one of the areas of the province of Girona that seduces everyone who gets there and spend a few days on vacation. A territory where you can enjoy both the most grateful Costa Brava and a mountain interior in the shadow of the Pyrenees. In short, a magnificent destination to get away.

Tour the Under Empordà

The ideal to visit this territory is to have your own vehicle (or rent) to go through the villages and landscapes of Bajo Ampurdán at our whim, stopping where we think is convenient, making the most unexpected photos, discovering farmhouses that keep the essence of Catalan traditions and entering restaurants where we will give ourselves authentic Gastronomic banquets.

However, here We are going to recommend several places that we consider to be essential to visit during a holiday in this region of Girona.

1. Calella de Palafrugell

Calella de Palagrugell - Peresanz

Without a doubt, this is one of the most charming villages in Bajo Ampurdán, and in general in all of Catalonia. A town where you can catch fish caught that same morning morning, and that as a tribute the tourists eat in the different restaurants that open their dining rooms to the same Mediterranean Sea.

Calella is a place to walk, sit and contemplate the sea, have a drink and, above all, read a passage written by Josep Pla, the Catalan writer par excellence who was born here in 1897.

"It's worth a minute more than a life on your knees."

- Josep Pla -

2. Palamos

We have cited gastronomy and fishing. Well, if we talk about these issues in Bajo Ampurdán, we must immediately name Palamós, its fishing port and its fish market. And is that there is sold one of the most exquisite delicacies that we can taste in this area: the prawn of Palamós.

3. Pals

Pals - unkyfrogstock

Now we are going to go inside the Lower Ampurdán. There the beautiful medieval town of Pals awaits us. A whole set of stone constructions, with the parish church of San Pedro at the head. On the one hand, it is excellently preserved after centuries of history, and on the other, it seems to blend in perfectly with that smooth undulating landscape that represents the passage of the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean.

4. Peratallada

Peratallada - Joan Grífols / Flickr.com

Another town that proposes a trip through time is Peratallada, belonging to the municipality of Forallac. A tip, if you want to visit We recommend you to wear good shoes to walk smoothly through its cobbled streets. It is the most comfortable to enjoy its most emblematic places such as the castle of the 10th century, the Tower of Homage, the church of San Esteban from the thirteenth century, or the Peratallada Palace, built a century later.

5. Begur

Begur - Boris Stroujko

We return to the sea and arrive at Begur, in whose municipality we can bathe in eight beaches and coves. Some very close to the population, such as Sa Riera, other nudists such as Illa Roja, some difficult to access such as Sa Tuna, another as long as Racó and other authentic natural beauties such as Fonda beach, Fornells, Aiguafreda or Aiguablava .

6. Aro Beach

And we can finish the tour in Playa de Aro, a good exponent of the evolution that the Costa Brava has undergone in recent times. This population, until a few decades ago, was a small fishing village and today is a good place to stay and take it as a base of operations for a few days in Lower Ampurdán, since all kinds of services are available here.