Vall de Llémena is one of the best-preserved natural sites in Girona province. It takes its name from the Llémena stream, which crosses it from its source to the point at which it meets the River Ter as it passes through Sant Gregori. Surrounding the stream are the municipalities of Canet d’Adri, Sant Aniol de Finestres, Sant Gregori and Sant Martí de Llémena, with their little villages and ancient districts.
What to visit
Els Masos de Caula is just a 15 minute car journey from the historical city of Girona where the enchanting Jewish district of El Call, one of the best-preserved in the whole world, impresses visitors with its labyrinth of tiny streets and patios. Don’t miss the Onyar River’s Houses, the Arabic Baths, the Medieval City and the examples of Modernist and Noucentist architecture which are present all over the urban landscape of Girona.
The origin and main distinguishing feature of the city of Banyoles is its lake. Along with its catchment area, it is considered the largest natural lake in the Iberian Peninsula, and a unique area of great geological, ecological, scenic and cultural value. You’ll find bathing areas, rowing boat hire and kayak trips here, or, if you prefer, you can hire a bicycle and cycle around the lake.
For more information: Turisme Banyoles
3. La Garrotxa and La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park
Just 3km away is the district of La Garrotxa, where you can practise all kinds of activities in the middle of nature, and where you’ll find the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park with 38 volcanic cones and more than 20 lava streams. The park also features the Croscat, the largest and youngest volcano in the Iberian Peninsula.
It has abundant vegetation, with more than a thousand species cohabiting in a landscape of holm oaks, oaks and beech trees. Make sure to visit La Fageda d’en Jordà.
4. Peratallada and Pals in Baix Empordà
The town of Peratallada is a medieval site of remarkable interest. It has a historic centre with a typical medieval structure: narrow, crooked cobbled alleyways enclosed by a complex system of walls. The main tower of the castle is another outstanding monument.
The municipality of Pals and its historical centre are also a must-see. The town features a medieval district on top of a hill which conserves the typical structure and layout of the era. The narrow alleyways, towers and buildings make the town a site of undeniable historical interest.