The region of Peralada. Rustic ambiance in Peralada

Peralada is on a small hill in the middle of the plain of the Alt Empordà, a region with cultural and landscaping wealth heavily influenced by its geographical location in the far northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. The location of the region, between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean sea, means that the landscape is characterized as a unique place where an esplanade connects the sea with the mountains. With a Mediterranean climate and pleasant medium temperatures, it is well-known as tramuntana country, the wind of the north.

The region, formed by 68 towns, has a surface area of 1.342,4 km² and a total population of over 100.000 inhabitants at the present time. It is located in the province of Girona, which is also part of the Independent Community of Catalonia.

The capital of the region is Figueres, a city located in the centre of the esplanade, which carries the demographic and economical weight of the region. Figueres is the first city south of the Franco-Spanish border and the focal point for road and rail communication. Figueres is the home of the district council of the Alt Empordà.

The region has always been a traditional passageway and a communication door to Europe. Alt Empordà history, as a frontier territory between France and Spain, has become a constant scene of war and invasion. In our remote history, over a hundred dolmens and menhirs in the Albera area stand out. From medieval times, we have conserved a variety of Romanic churches that stand out like the Vilabertran Monastery and Sant Pere de Rodes and in the Gothic style, the Castellón de Ampurias Cathedral is noteworthy.

Another culture in the foreground is the Ampurdan painter Salvador Dalí, par excellence, born in Figueres at the start of the 20th century. The king of surrealism, Dalí turned Cadaqués into an artistic avant-garde centre.

The region has great biological and ecological diversity. This natural heritage is reflected in two natural parks and a national spot: the Natural Park in los Aiguamolls del Empordà, the Natural Park in Cap de Creus and the natural spot in Albera. It also provides ample opportunities for hiking , mountain biking and cycling.

Our coast, internationally known as the Costa Brava, has many beaches, from the hidden, quiet coves to crystalline coves and beaches, steep cliffs and islands of biological interest such as the Medes. Its coastline boasts traditional fishing villages, ideal for great tasting fish.

Ampurdan cuisine has prestige, above all due to the special combination of products of the land and sea, within the famous Mediterranean cuisine. Denomination of origin Ampurdán Costa-Brava includes oil, apples, anchovies, wine...

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Last update: 29 May of 2020