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The 'Viles Florides' are the villages and towns that stand out for their real, conscious and long-term action in gardening, promoting urban greenery and floral decoration in all areas of the villages and cities. In some they even make carpets with natural flowers once a year.

The Oscars of gardening
Talking about carpets, the 'Viles Florides' project could be defined as the Oscars of the villages and cities that have achieved a better ratio between greenery and the number of their inhabitants. Aspects such as floral diversity, the functionality of the green areas and many others are also considered.

A specialised jury considers to what extent candidates achieve the necessary quality to receive the 'vila florida’ distinction. The rank of each of the awarded towns is determined by the number of Flowers of Honour given by the jury: they can receive from one to five.

What are the 86 'Viles Florides' awarded in this last edition?
Here you have them: Olot, Sant Hilari Sacalm, Vila-seca, Cardedeu, Figueres, Sant Joan de les Abadesses, Ripoll, Lloret de Mar, Vic, Martorell, Cabrera de Mar, Almacelles, Roses, Campdevànol, Vilassar de Mar, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Llagostera, Castell-Platja d'Aro, Tavertet, Calafell, Vilanova de Sau, Gelida, Llinars del Vallès, Cabrils, Preses, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, Calella, Sant Joan les Fonts, Santa Coloma de Farners, Alella, Santa Maria de Palautordera, Roda de Ter, Queralbs, Celrà, Folgueroles, La Vall d'en Bas, Arenys de Munt, Santa Susanna, Sant Andreu de Llavaneres, Tossa de Mar, Reus, Argentona, Rialp, Vallbona de les Monges, Santa Pau, Arbúcies, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Peralada, Tordera, Tavèrnoles, Pineda de Mar, Vidreres, Tornabous, Manlleu, Premià de Dalt, Alpicat, L'Espluga de Francolí, Santa Fe del Penedès, Vilalba Sasserra, Montellà i Martinet, Sitges, Tagamanent, Vallgorguina, Vilanant, Carme, Maldà, Guimerà, Solsona, Besalú, Avià, Blanes, Castelló d'Empúries, Vilaller, Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer, Olius, l'Esquirol and La Garriga.

Breathe the smell of flowers in Catalonia without leaving the city.
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A specialised jury of professionals certifies and renews these certificates each year. The Flor de Honor -the category goes from one to five- certifies the boroughs as flowering.

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Discover the 75 Catalan municipalities awarded as 'vila florida'. Here you have a few.
Crater of the Montsacopa volcano in La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park.  (© José Luis Rodríguez)
Olot
The city, located in the Fluvià valley, is surrounded by four volcanic cones (Montsacopa, Montolivet, las Bisaroques and la Garrinada), which give it a very peculiar irregular profile. In addition, the basalt flows of lava have given the city more than twenty fountains.

A former Medieval town, Olot lost much of its historic heritage with the 1427 earthquakes. But several features have given the city its fame, such as the traditional construction of saints, the artistic painting school, the volcanoes, the Tura celebrations and, above all, the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Olot is the capital of Garrotxa and one of the most important municipalities of Catalonia, with a population of more than 30,000.

The area is part of the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of Garrotxa. In the remote past the volcanoes shaped the entire region and conditioned the natural environment and urban landscape forever.

From an architectural point of view, worth mentioning are the Renaissance cloisters of the old convent of Carme (16th century), the church of Sant Esteve (12th-18th centuries), the Modernista Solà Morales house (1916) by Domènec i Montaner, and the Mas Ventós manor house, in the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of Garrotxa. In addition, we recommend that you visit the Garrotxa Regional Museum, which the Volcano Museum depends on.

Street decorations during the Les Enramades festival  (© Oriol Llauradó)
Arbúcies
The Arbúcies valley is presided by the Agudes hill and surrounded by the Montseny mountains, with all the secrets hidden in the massif. Located in the middle of the Montseny Nature Park and the area of Guilleries, the changing landscape of the thick forests and the purity of the waters make it a must-see destination for nature, hiking and botany enthusiasts.
Arbúcies is also home to the Montseny Ethnological Museumand a large variety of festive activities for all tastes, from the festival of the Enramadas to the PopArb music festival.
Tower of the Dalí Theatre-Museum. (© Lluís Carro)
Figueres
Figueres is located in the centre of Alt Empordà, on the plains, and it is the cultural and tourist capital, with important offerings such as the Museu-Teatre Gala Salvador Dalí and the Museu del Joguet.

It also has the singularity of presiding over a region that has two nature parks (those of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà and Cap de Creus) and a natural landscape of interest (L'Albera), which also makes it attractive for both nature enthusiasts and those who enjoy nature-related sports on land (hiking, mountain biking), in the sea (scuba diving, kayaking, etc.) and in the air (hot air balloons, paragliding, parachuting, etc.).

Figueres has several buildings of interest, such as the church of Sant Pere, the Casino or the Galatea tower of the Dalí Museum. In addition to the Surrealist painter, the city has seen the birth of many personalities, such as the engineer Narcís Monturiol, the maker of the first submarine (the Ictíneo, 1909).

The sardana, a popular Catalan dance, was also created in Figueres.

Mas Serrallonga.  (© Kim Castells)
Sant Hilari Sacalm
Sant Hilari de Sacalm, the town of the one hundred fountains, is known for its hydric resources: its waters supply some of the most prestigious brands of mineral water, attracted by its medicinal properties. These springs are precisely the destination of many of the nature trails that traverse the region, and which are an unmissable attraction.

Among its secret caves and granite mountains the famous bandit Serrallonga took refuge, with the town dedicating the Serrallonga is back! festival to him every September and dressing itself in Baroque and bandit style. Also important is the Living Via Crucis, a tradition more than 300 years old and which has been declared of National Tourist Interest.

Calafell Castle. (© Ajuntament de Calafell)
Calafell
Calafell stands out thanks to its beaches, typical of the Costa Daurada. In addition to the main urban centre, which is not at the seafront, the municipality has grown significantly in recent decades in the coastal districts of Platja de Calafell and Segur de Calafell, thanks to increased tourisd second residencies.

However, apart from the tourist attraction of its beaches, Calafell offers other places of interest related to different stages in its history, such as the Iberian citadel or Santa Creu castle.

This municipality has been awarded the specialised DTF (Destino de Turismo Familiar/Family Tourism Destination) seal, given by the Catalan Tourist Board. During the holidays, family-friendly accommodation and hospitality is available alongside appropriate entertainment and leisure.

Plaça Major and Town Hall  (© Servicios Editoriales Georama)
Vic
One cannot talk of Vic without referring to its markets: the Saturday market, the Market of the Senses, the Mediaeval Market Vic has made its shopping options its greatest calling card, complemented by a rich range of culinary offerings, and has become a point of reference far beyond its immediate area of influence. Here, visitors will find a welcoming, lively city, one of services and contrasts, where modernity and the latest trends coexist in harmony with great archives and historical buildings and places such as the Episcopal Museum of Vic, which displays a superb collection of mediaeval art, including masterpieces of painting and sculpture from the Romanesque and Catalan Gothic periods, along with gold and silverware collections and liturgical art.
Vilassar de Mar (© Gonzalo Sanguinetti. Diputació de Barcelona)
Vilassar de Mar
The flat landscape full of flower plantations next to the sea welcome you to one of the towns with the strongest seafaring traditions in El Maresme and one that still retains a rich and wide-ranging architectural legacy inherited from those Vilassar townsfolk who, towards the end of the 19th, embarked for the Americas to find fame and fortune. The legacy of these índians is still clearly visible in many corners of the town and include the building known as the Sènia del Rellotge, today home to the Museu de la Marina, the municipal museum of all things seafaring. The town's artistic inclinations can be seen in the Enric Monjo Museum, which contains the legacy left by this painter to his birthplace.
Doorway (12th century) of the church of Santa Maria de Ripoll monastery.    (© Imagen M.A.S.)
Ripoll

Ripoll is known as the cradle Catalonia. In this city the most important monastery of the country was built, founded by the count Guifré el Pilós (who died in 897), the legendary creator of the four stripes on the national coat of arms. The capital of Ripollès was the headquarters of one of the Christianity’s most complete libraries for centuries and received the praise of Jacint Verdaguer (1845-1902).

Coexisting in this municipality are patron saint celebrations, customs and traditions of hundreds of years of history with modern buildings and shops, all within a rural setting, at the junction between the Ter and Freser valleys.

In addition to the monastery, the historic quarter has an attractive Medieval atmosphere, many Modernista-style buildings and the interesting Ethnographical Museum of Ripoll.

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Blanes
Blanes /
   
Blanes is currently one of the main tourist destinations of the Costa Brava, though for years it was a small and calm fishing village.

Its four kilometres of beaches, strong business activity and wide-ranging accommodation and restaurants make it one of the most important towns in the district.

This town has been awarded the certificate of Destino de Turismo Familiar/Family Tourism Destination, given by the Catalan Tourism Board. During the holidays, family-friendly accommodation and hospitality is available alongside appropriate entertainment and leisure.

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Calafell
Calafell /
   
Calafell stands out thanks to its beaches, typical of the Costa Daurada. In addition to the main urban centre, which is not at the seafront, the municipality has grown significantly in recent decades in the coastal districts of Platja de Calafell and Segur de Calafell, thanks to increased tourisd second residencies.

However, apart from the tourist attraction of its beaches, Calafell offers other places of interest related to different stages in its history, such as the Iberian citadel or Santa Creu castle.

This municipality has been awarded the specialised DTF (Destino de Turismo Familiar/Family Tourism Destination) seal, given by the Catalan Tourist Board. During the holidays, family-friendly accommodation and hospitality is available alongside appropriate entertainment and leisure.

CalellaCalella
Calella
Calella / Costa Barcelona
   

Historically regarded as El Maresme's tourism capital, given that it was for many years a popular holiday destination for Germans, you'll soon discover that Calella is much more than just sun and sea. The charm of its Old Town, with its straight and narrow streets around the Neoclassical Church of Santa Maria; its spectacular lighthouse, built in 1859; the peace and quiet of a stroll through Dalmau Park; or the noucentista Passeig Manuel Puigvert, with its hundred year-old plane trees, make this town, rich in culture and popular traditions, a must-see destination that stands at the gateway to the El Montnegre i El Corredor Park, for outings on foot or by bike.

Castell-Platja d'AroCastell-Platja d'Aro
Castell-Platja d'Aro
Castell-Platja d'Aro /
   

Platja d'Aro has become one of the most renowned tourist destinations in Baix Empordà, with leisure and cultural attractions.

On the one hand, its leisure offerings include a wide variety of possibilities, among which we could highlight the privileged coastline, which combines long perimeters of beaches with small, charming coves for those who seek tranquillity. In addition to these options there are sports activities, with perfectly equipped facilities to satisfy any need.

The shopping and nightlife options in Platja d'Aro include a large number of establishments that make it one of the most lively towns of the Costa Brava.

On the other hand, the town preserves niches of undeniable heritage interest, such as the historic quarters of S'Agaró or Castell d'Aro, the parapet path with magnificent views and an extraordinary natural environment, or the megalithic monument of Cavall Bernat, a true symbol of Platja d'Aro.

Castelló d'EmpúriesCastelló d'Empúries
Castelló d'Empúries
Castelló d'Empúries /
   

Castelló d'Empúries is a Medieval town that still preserves the architectural gems of the past, among which the most prominent is the church of Santa Maria (13th century), also known as the Cathedral of l'Empordà. The municipality, beside the calm waters of the Muga river and by the Molí irrigation canal, is home to the headquarters of the los Aiguamolls Nature Park, in the location called Cortalet.

At the same time, Empuriabrava extends to the north of the park's limits like a true city, created in 1967 as a residential marina. Its urban structure is based on a grid of navigable canals that add up to a length of more than thirty kilometres, with more than 5,000 moorings and its own airport.

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Lloret de Mar
Lloret de Mar /
   
The history, the traditions and the people of Lloret have always been linked to the Mediterranean. The turquoise colour of the water, the natural surroundings and the golden sand make its beaches an irresistible attraction for thousands of visitors who reach the Costa Brava.

Equally attractive are the gardens of Santa Clotilde, a nature park oriented towards the horizon, decorated with flowers and plants with the delicateness and taste typical of the Catalan Neoclassical style. Lloret is also a town of statues and monuments. Strolling through the town, you can enjoy some significant works such as the Mujer Marinera/Sailorwoman, the Angel or the Monument to the Sardana.

This town has been awarded the specialised DTF (Destino de Turismo Familiar/Family Tourism Destination) and DTE (Destinación de Turismo Deportivo/Sports Tourism Destination) seals, given by the Catalan Tourist Board. During the holidays, family-friendly accommodation and hospitality is available alongside appropriate entertainment and top quality beaches with a wide variety of activities for visiting sports fans.

Pineda de MarPineda de Mar
Pineda de Mar
Pineda de Mar / Costa Barcelona
   

This coastal town, with its agricultural and seafaring traditions, home to the Tharrats Foundation for the Graphic Arts (which contains one of Catalonia's leading contemporary art collections, featuring works by Miró, Tàpies, Brossa and Guinovart), is today one of El Marseme's main holidaymaking and artistic points of reference. The close to three kilometres of beach that line its coast and its rich architectural heritage, such as the remains of the Can Cua Roman aqueduct and Montpalau Castle, make Pineda the perfect destination for family holidays and for discovering the beauty of the El Montnegre countryside

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Reus
Reus /
   
The capital of Baix Camp can be considered a true sanctuary of Modernista architecture, both thanks to its emblematic buildings and to the personal touch left by masters such as Gaudí and Domènech i Muntaner.

A city decidedly focused on culture, Reus is also the city of birth of personalities from the world of letters, such as the poet Gabriel Ferrater or the theatre director Lluís Pasqual.

Whoever visits it cannot miss some of the most outstanding intitutions, such as the Bartrina and Fortuny theatres, nor forget the smell of gunpowder caused by the "tronada", the main event of the patron saint celebrations, which takes place in the beautiful Mercadal square.

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Roses
Roses /
   

Roses, a municipality of contrasts, offers visitors a very wide range of places of interest. The natural environment is privileged, with two nature parks: Cabo de Creus, with the geological and botanical singularity of cape Norfeu, and that of Aiguamolls de l'Empordà.

The region has been a home to civilisations since ancient times, which have left their mark with an exceptional architectural heritage. Examples of this are the megalithic tombs throughout the whole region, along with Catalonia's largest dolmen; the remains of the Greek and Roman civilisations, which can be admired at the architectural park of the Ciutadella, the Modernista houses or the more modern buildings, such as the Council Hall or the Rozes house.

Sheltered by one of its coves, la Montjoi, we find El Bulli, the restaurant run by the famous chef Ferran Adrià.

This town has been awarded the specialised DTF (Destino de Turismo Familiar/Family Tourism Destination) seal, given by the Catalan Tourist Board. During their holidays, families with children can enjoy the offerings of adapted accommodation and restaurants, many entertainment and leisure activities and the quality and variety of the beaches.

Sant Carles de la RàpitaSant Carles de la Ràpita
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Sant Carles de la Ràpita /
   

A coastal profile with first-class beaches, a number of good routes that allow you to discover the variety of landscapes of the area, emblematic buildings (such as the Neoclassical Glorieta, which offers magnificent views) and a seafood cuisine that grants deserved prominence to king prawns and mantis shrimp, are some of the attractions of Sant Carles de la Ràpita.

Sant Feliu de GuíxolsSant Feliu de Guíxols
Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Sant Feliu de Guíxols / Costa Brava
   

Sant Feliu de Guíxols is a municipality of great relevance for tourism and shopping, offering all kinds of cultural, leisure and sports activities to guarantee visitors a complete stay.

In addition to the beaches and coves surrounded by pine tree forests (Sa Crestera, del Vigatà or Jonca) and the charm of being a seaside town, Sant Feliu de Guíxols stands out thanks to the wide range of sports on offer, its historic heritage (in particular the Modernista architecture, such as the casino of la Constància) and the prestigious International Music Festival of Porta Ferrada.

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Santa Pau
Santa Pau /
   

Santa Pau occupies the richest and most varied area of the region as regards volcanic phenomena and a third of the total extension of the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of la Garrotxa. Within its boundaries are the area's most important ancient craters, such as the Martinyà, Croscat and Santa Margarida mountains.

Also belonging to this municipality is fageda d'en Jordà, a landscape full of large beech forests that extend to the foothills of mount Jordà. The thousands of colours and hues of the beech forest are worth contemplating at any time of the year.

Right in the middle of the volcanic area emerges the village of Santa Pau, which preserves its Medieval quarter presided by a castle, considered a Historic-Artistic Ensemble.

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Santa Susanna
Santa Susanna / Costa Daurada
   

With its consolidated position as one of El Maresme's leading holiday destinations, offering a wide variety of options, from family holidays to sports and business tourism, Santa Susanna has been able to combine the potential of its beaches with the peace and quiet of its green parks and farmland and the varied sporting and recreational activities offered year-round. Here, you'll discover a rich architectural heritage, featuring defensive towers such as that of the Can Ratés farmhouse and the remains of En Jordà, a former 17th-century flourmill

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Sitges
Sitges /
   
From the old fishermen's village called 'Blanca Subur' rises the town of Sitges, a byword for culture, a cradle of Catalan Art Nouveau and a city of film. Boasting unmatched beaches and sun 320 days a year, its traditions and artistic sensitivity come together in museums and manors, true architectural jewels. A place for discovering unforgettable corners, for strolling and relaxing alongside the sea and for savouring rich cuisine with a seafaring heritage.
SolsonaSolsona
Solsona
Solsona / Pyrenees
   

An important commercial centre, Solsona has a rich architectural and artistic heritage, in addition to the tranquillity and balanced pace of a small but dynamic city. The capital of Solsonès has, in addition, an unbeatable calendar of festivals and cultural events, as it is the city with the most giants and bestiary figures in Catalonia.

The old quarter, with its narrow streets and squares, is the main location of interest of the municipality. Worth mentioning is the cathedral of Santa Maria, the region’s most relevant architectural reference.

Its inhabitants are called «mata-rucs» (donkey-killers) as, according to legend, they brought a donkey up to the bell tower so it would eat the weeds that grew among the stones.