Pals – Catalonia (Spain)
LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
Located in the interior of the region of the Baix Empordà (1), Pals is made up of three centres: the medieval town, Masos de Pals and the beach, which combine to form a unique personality.
With a population of little more than 2,500 (2), its location is strategic inside the Empordà, being surrounded by coves, coastal footpaths, natural parks, marine reserves and a long list of charming villages full of history and cultural heritage throughout the nearby regions (3).
(1) Wikipedia entry for Pals.
(2) Demographic and economic data for Pals (IDESCAT)
(3) Tourism in Pals
WHAT TO DO
Pals is perfect to discover on foot: losing oneself amongst its squares and genuine cobblestone streets.
THE MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL CENTRE
Situated at the summit of the Puig-Aspre, the medieval town rewards one with a panoramic view of the whole Empordà. The romanesque, gothic and baroque church of Sant Pere (10th century), the bell tower or Tower of the Hours (11th – 12th centuries) and the wall (12th – 14th centuries) stand out.
Set around dunes and pine trees, Pals beach is one of the longest on the Costa Brava. Located next to a golf course, it presents one with a privileged view of the Medes Islands.
Rice, the star ingredient of the cuisine of Pals, has been rooted in the region for more than five centuries; it is prepared with products from land and sea. White and red meats, vegetables and fruits also stand out due to their intense flavour in all dishes.
TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND LINKS OF INTEREST
Local Police: 972 667 777
Pals Town Hall