From $1,273 / night
- 5 bedrooms
- 4 bathrooms
- Sleeps 10
Description from the owner
A few minutes from Figueres, a city known for hosting the museum of the famous painter Salvador Dali, you will find this beautiful Catalan farmhouse. It’s surrounded by four acres of land, which gives it quiet, so popular for urbanites.
It was restored with extreme taste and dedication. For this restoration it was used the best materials and it was took in mind every last detail. The luxury shines inside, in their spacious rooms, in the harmony of the elements, in the extreme comfort of their rooms.
The sea in the pool
The stone well, typical of the period, is responsible for watering the garden. The solar panels heat the saltwater pool. ...Read more
Figueres, Catalonia, Spain
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HISTORY AND CULTURE
L'Empordà, is an area of intense Mediterranean flavor, it is located in the eastern province of Girona. Divided into the regions of Alt and Baix Empordà, the partition line is drawn by the massif of Montgrí. With the remains of its castle, it presides over the town of L'Estartit.
The landscape of the Empordà is flat ridged by the highways and the roads which are close to the fields of sunflowers, rice, wheat and cypress trees, protecting apple orchards and fields. Among them there are medieval villages. Its coast, sometimes "Brava," combines a great taste of the sea towns, coves with the crystal clear beaches, rugged cliffs and islands of biological interest such as the Medes. There is also an archaeological site of Ullastret Iberian and Greek and Roman Empúries. The capital of the Baix Empordà is La Bisbal de l'Empordà and Figueres is the capital of the Alt Empordà.
Costa Brava, north of the Costa Brava is a region with a rich culture, heavily influenced by its geographical position, like the border with France at the northeastern fringe of Catalonia and the Iberian peninsula, which has characterized it as a place of passage.
Its natural boundaries are the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean, the plain of Empordà, which connects with the Baix Empordà and the area of Alta Garrotxa. All these aspects make the landscape unique, linking the sea and the mountain. With the help of the north, the north wind, it has marked the landscape, the culture, the cuisine, the traditional crafts and the mood of the population, which was established millions of years ago.
The most notable and the history of Alt Empordà were found in the dolmens and in the standing stones in the area of Albera and Cape Creus, the Greco-Roman ruins of Empuries and the citadel of Roses. In medieval period we could find the Romanesque churches, the monastery of Vilabertran and Sant Pere de Rodes, the latter as the prime example.
There is a Catedral of Castelló Empuries of the post, the fortification of the Castle of Sant Ferran in Figueres and some modernist buildings, even today we remember the genius of Salvador Dali, his Teatro Museo in Figueres and the house Portlligat.
All these elements could not be understood without Empordà landscape, much protected: the Natural Park of the Marshes of the Empordà, Cap de Creus, the only sea-land, the Natural Park of the Albera and the Bassegoda area.
Thanks to the numerous natural resources of the Baix Empordà, it has always been a very attractive place to live. In prehistoric era, the first inhabitants of this land lived in the caves such as the Duc cave in Montgrí, and the dólmentes such as the Daina cave in Santa Cristina de Aro or dolmens Fitor (Forallac) in the center of Les Gavarres.
Subsequently, the Iberians had an important presence, it could be demonstrated in the villages of Ullastret or Castell (Palamos). Centuries later, the Iberians coincided with the arrival of the Greeks and the Romans. But if there is a time really significant to Empordà, no doubt, it will be the Middle Ages. This time has numerous monumentals, such as Pals, Peratallada or Monells, and the castle of Castell de Aro Benedormiens, the de Calonge, the de Montgrí or La Bisbal de l'Empordà, without forgetting the monasteries, churches and chapels.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
The area offers the following leisure activities:
One of the biggest attractions of L'Empordà is its coastline. In all the coastal towns there are companies which organize activities to enjoy the sea. You can do boating fishing, windsurfing, diving, or even flying over the coast in a balloon or microlight. You can be informed of the activities in the tourist offices.
PLACES TO VISIT
Natural Park of Cap de Creus. The north wind has sculpted the rocks of this natural. It is protected since 1998, as a marine park land.
Sant Pere de Rodes. Its location is such impressive as the monastery, it has been recently restored. It is one of the most interesting places to visit.
Cadaqués. This beautiful seaside town retains its charm. Nearby you can find Portlligat, a house of Dali.
Figueres. The capital of the Alt Empordà. The Dali theatre-Museum.
Natural Park of the marshes of the Empordà. In the middle of the bay of Roses there is the second wetland extent and the significance of Catalonia.
Empúries. It is worth visiting for its beaches, the archaeological remains of Greek and Roman cities and the village of Sant Martí d'Empúries.
Medes Islands. This is one of the most important marine reserve in the Mediterranean.
Peratallada. One of the best-preserved sets of the medieval architecture.
Pals. In this medieval town, situated on a hill, there are the towers of the walls, the Gothic parish church tower and les Hores, a symbol of the population.
Begur. About 8 kilometers from the coast, this town treasures a collection of crystal water coves such as Sa Riera, Aiguafreda, Sa Tuna and Aiguablava.
La Bisbal d'Empordà. The capital of the Baix Empordà is famous for its handmade pottery.
Roads Round: One option to enjoy the Empordà coast is to travel round the roads, running parallel to the Costa Brava. These are some trails, cutting through the cliffs which were laid in the past by fishermen and farmers, eventually were used by smugglers and by the civil guard to control the costs. After decades of neglect, these roads have begun to recover recreational purposes, creating a network of "Walking between the earth and the sea." Among the most notable there is the Cap de Creus, which goes to the Botanical Garden, from Cap Roig in Calella from Palafrugell or noble path which connects S'Agaró and Sant Antoni de Calonge.
PLACES OF INTEREST
You can enjoy numerous music festivals, mainly in summer time. They cover a wide range of styles: from opera International Festival of Peralada and chamber music of L'Estartit, till Havana of the Sung Calella de Palafrugell.
Girona's cuisine offers a great variety and quality in their products. The coast provides a wealth of seafood, while the earth nourishes the excellent cuisine of vegetables and fruits, beef and pork. The famous garden of Girona produces tomatoes, onions, zucchini, eggplant or peppers, which has an excellent quality: Fresh or cooked vegetables are a basic ingredient for tasty salads, different casseroles or stews.
Thanks to the variety of products found in the region, l'Empordà enjoys a high worldwide gastronomic recognition. Nowhere you can find the mixture of all types of products from both land and sea, thanks to this combination of vegetables, fish and meats. The catalan chefs are able to fuse both worlds, resulting in an infinite variety of sophisticated dishes.
Although the tradition is crucial in the cuisine of Girona, the innovation, experimentation and creation of new dishes have been fundamental in keeping alive the kitchen of Girona. We suggest you to visit some of the restaurants in the area: El Bulli (Roses), El Celler de Can Roca (Girona), Ca L'Enric (Girona), Els Tinars (Llagostera), La Cuina de Can Simon (Tossa de Mar) El Far de San Sebastian (Palafrugell), Iberic (Ullastret), La Taverna del Mar (S'Agaró), La Gamba (Palamos) Botic (Corçà)etc..
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Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Last updated on December 10, 2014
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- Housekeeping Optional
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- A/C or climate control
- Mountain Views
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- Pet friendly - ask
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