Slightly further inland of Costa Brava lies a beautiful and quaint town called Peratallada. The stone buildings covered in ivy make this place feel magical to an outsider! Narrow streets will guide you around this town, taking you to many of the landmarks; which make this medieval place feel like out of a fairytale. The town is very small with less than 500 habitants, so expect to see it all in a day’s time!
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History of Peratallada
Peratallada is derived from ‘Pedra Tallada’ meaning carved stone; which its actually very appropriate, due to the appearance of its buildings. The town is linked to medieval times and has an annual summer festival to take you back to the 10th century and experience what kinds of things once went on in this town. Once it comes October, the whole town smells, sounds and tastes like the medieval ages. Peratallada truly is one of the best-kept examples of a medieval township in all of Spain.
In the centre of the town lies the castle, which is truly something spectacular. It has over 1000 years of history within its walls and in the underground passages beneath it. The site has recently been renovated and the gardens surrounding the castle have been modernized in a way that fits in perfectly with the surroundings. On the other hand, it is quite unusual that the church is built outside of the main village here. Rumor has it that this is because the priest and lord of the castle had an argument! The Romanesque church is very attractive, with an entrance lined with trees to lead you in.
- Address: Carrer Marquesos Robert-perat, 1, 17113 Peratallada, Girona
- Open 24 hours
What to do in Peratallada?
In such a small and picturesque town, a day in Peratallada involves walking around and moreover taking in the history and culture. There are many restaurants in which to taste authentic Spanish food and wine, along with excellent lookout points from which to take in spectacular views. Come and try the authentic taste of the Spanish tapas right here at the Restaurant D.o. Candelaria Tapes. Enjoy a seasonal menu with traditional dishes and the best quality service that you can image in one of the top rated restaurants in Peratallada!
- Address: Carrer Major, 9, 17113 Peratallada, Girona
- Opening hours: Monday and Saturday from 13:00 to 15:30 & 20:00 to 23:00; Tuesday and Sunday from 13:00 to 15:30; Thursday and Friday from 13:00 to 15:30 & 20:00 to 22:30
There are also many galleries selling various types of artwork; if you just walk around the village you’re more than likely to stumble into one! The beaches nearby are also very beautiful and perfect for an afternoon under the sun. In the vein, you might even consider renting a car, given that is the easiest way to get there; but a local bus runs too. Don’t run out on the chance of visiting the gorgeous beaches of Pals and L’illa Roja just about 20 minutes by car!
- Address: 17255 Begur, Girona
How about a road-trip within your trip? Peratallada is very close to a town called Pals, approximately 10km away. Pals is also a medieval town and its appearance is very similar to that of Peratallada. It was originally built up against a hill called Puig Aspre. Walking through the town it doesn’t feel like you’re half-way up that hill, but when you reach the top you arrive to a spectacular view, which goes for miles.
- Address: Pals, 17256, Girona
How to get to Peratallada
Peratallada is approximately 136km away from Barcelona. You can get here by:
- Train: Get a train to Girona, then swap train to Flassa and once more swap to Peratallada
- Car: Remember Spanish roads have tolls! Keep a bit of spare change, most have card machines now however. To get easily by car ayou first have to get on B-10 from Via Laietana, Carrer del Dr. Aiguader and Exit 22; then take AP-7, C-35 and C-31 to C-66; and lastly follow C-66, GI-644 and GI-651 until your destination in Peratallada.