Sant Miquel de Campmajor
A long valley located in the Pla de l´Estany, neighbouring La Garrotxa, symbolised by its different places of interest and landscapes. Isolated farmhouses in rural settings create a silent tranquility which is remarked upon by all its visitors.
Pla de l'Estany | Banyoles
9 km away the lake in Banyoles is a recommended visit for a boat ride or simply to contemplate its peaceful still waters. The main square, the Darder Natural History Museum, the Archaeological Museum are other places of interest in the town. Nearby, among other things worthy of a visit, are the romanic church at Porqueres, the prehistoric caves of Serinyà or the wood of erotic sculptures at Can Ginabreda.
Pla de l'Estany | Espolla
The disappearing lake of “La Platja d´Espolla” (Espolla Beach, although not really a beach, just a flat area) - This is a place well worth visiting. The subterranean streams that feed this intermittent lake belong to the same system as that of Banyoles and its disappearance and reappearance are due to its height- being 50 metres higher than that of the Lake in Banyoles. Thus, depending on the time of year, it can be found empty or full. It is 360 metres long by 145 metres wide. This lake takes in the border of two municipalities, Fontcoberta and Porqueres, half of the area belonging to each. The water leaves this lake at the end of the plain forming the Martís falls at Esponellà, which can be quite spectacular.
To enjoy some unforgettable panoramic views you can visit the area of Cap de Creus on the Northern part of the coast. This area includes the coastal villages of Cadaqués, Port de la Selva, Llançà and the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, a jewel of romanic architecture. The ruins of Empúries, the Medes Islands all can be found in the central part of the Costa Brava, whereas further South you will find Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu, Begur, etc., small villages all retaining both the lifestyle and architectural characteristics of fishing villages.
An old Roman city, whose historical centre is one of the most important in the Iberian Peninsula. The cathedral, the churches of Sant Feliu and Sant Pere Galligants, the convent of Sant Domènech, Jewish Quarter, the Arab baths and the archaeological walk with its city walls are all witnesses to different cultures throughout the city´s historic progress. The river Onyar flows through the centre of the city and creates another special attraction with the houses that are built along its banks. In May, Girona´s floral exhibition should not be missed. A visit to the Devesa park is another option.
The mountains of the Pyrenees are renowned for their attraction throughout the seasons. During winter, snowsport lovers will find various ski resorts: Vallter 2000, La Molina, La Masella and Núria, with its sanctuary which can only be reached on foot or by rack railway. This is an area perfect for visiting at any time of year, where apart from winter sports, many excursions can be made and wonderful panoramic views enjoyed along with the richness of the vegetation and wildlife.
Within a radius of 20 km you will find the natural park of the volcanic area of La Garrotxa, an area of great interest where you can see and walk around the old volcanoes. Also, in this area is the Fageda d´en Jordà, a beautiful beech wood, the village of Santa Pau with its historic centre and Castellfollit de la Roca built on a high basaltic outcrop. Besalú with its places of interest and La Vall d´en Bas, ideal for walking, are both worth visiting.
Routes and Sports
Many sports can be combined enjoying direct contact with nature, the routes on foot along the paths of the Soldiers of Salamina and others conveniently signposted, such as those of the BTT and “Vies Verdes” by bicycle. Kayaking on the lake in Banyoles, aerial views of our beautiful countryside by balloon or other adrenaline surging adventure sports.
Leisure activities and visits
The Darder and the Archaeological Museums in Banyoles are of special interest as are the Dalí and Toy Museums in Figueres. In Girona, you can find the Museum of the history of cinema, etc. With regard to historic civilizations you can visit, among other places, the ruins at Empúries or the Iberic settlement at Ullastret. Other places deserving a mention are the Botanical Gardens at Cap Roig near Palafrugell and Mar i Murtra, another spectacular garden, in Blanes.