Peratallada

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High up on a rock stands Peratallada, a magnificent architectural site presided over by an elegant castle and surrounded by defensive walls and a moat, which has managed to perfectly preserve the mediaeval atmosphere of its origins.

The essentials

Travel through the streets of the town of Peratallada to admire the mediaeval layout which has been preserved so well by the town for so many years.

Suggestions

In Peratallada, there’s a curious ice cream shop, Gelat Artesà de Peratallada, where they make ice creams in a completely artisan way and without any type of additives. It’s famous for both its quality and the originality of its flavours, such as Roquefort cheese or L'Escala anchovies.
  • Region: Baix Empordà
  • Province: Girona
  • Location: Peratallada
  • Inhabitants: 195
  • Web: CA[http://www.forallac.cat]ES[http://www.forallac.cat]
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Geographical location

The town of Peratallada is located in the north of the municipality of Forallac, which also includes the towns of Fonteta and Vulpellac. It is in the centre of the Baix Empordà, six kilometres from La Bisbal, capital of the region, and thirteen from the beaches of Begur. The landscape is flat and dominated by crop fields.

Climate

The climate is Mediterranean, sub-humid and predominantly maritime, with dry and hot summers, mild winters and irregular rainfall during spring and autumn.

Economic activity

The town’s economy relies on tourism. There are several hotels, houses providing rural accommodation, craft shops and restaurants.

History

Although it seems that the place could have been populated during the Roman era, the first documentation in which Peratallada appears is from the 11th century. The castle belonged to the Cruïlles-Peratallada family. One of its members was Berenguer de Cruïlles (1310-1362), Bishop of Girona and first president of the Regional Government of Catalonia, who was born in this town.

It currently belongs to the Counts of Torroella de Montgrí, who gave it a thorough overhaul in the mid 20th century.

What to see

Standing out among the most important elements are the castle fortress, formed by the fortified nucleus and the keep, as well as the palace and the defensive walls. The castle dates from the 11th and 12th centuries, although it has subsequently been renovated. The defensive walls are from the 12th and 13th centuries, with the upper section reconstructed between the 16th and 18th centuries. The large moat that surrounds the town is striking, carved from the living rock, as Peratallada sits upon a clay rock base.

The two main squares in the town are Plaça de Les Voltes, a beautiful porticoed square, and Plaça del Castell, in front of the castle and the palace. Both are surrounded by small streets and very well preserved stone houses.

Beyond the walled area is the Sant Esteve parish church, of Romanesque style, which has two naves with semicircular apses, a portal under a voussoired semicircular arch and a four-eyed bell gable. Inside, it preserves a Gothic tomb from 1348.

What to do

At the end of April, the Fira de les Herbes de Peratallada (Fair of the Peratallada Herbs) is held to raise awareness of the many and various practical applications of medicinal herbs. As well as the numerous places selling fresh and dried herbs, creams, soaps, lotions and drinks, workshops and exhibitions are organised.

If you visit the town on the first weekend in October, you can take part in the Peratallada Mediaeval Fair when the town’s streets and squares fill with craft stalls, shows with minstrels and medieval knights' tournaments, among many other activities.

Surroundings

- Begur, located only fourteen kilometres from Peratallada, has a beautiful historic centre and some of the best beaches on the Costa Brava, such as the beaches of Illa Roja, Aiguablava or Sa Tuna.

- In the Espai Natural Protegit de les Gavarres (Les Gavarres Protected Natural Area), a beautiful spot full of holm oak forests and with significant megalithic and mediaeval heritage, you can go hiking and go on mountain biking excursions.

- In La Bisbal d'Empordà, capital of the Baix Empordà region, you can visit the Terracotta Museum, dedicated to ceramics.

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