Espolla

The municipal area of Espolla has the largest number of megalithic tombs in the L’Albera mountain range (Barranc, Cabana Arqueta, Arreganyats, Font del Roure dolmens, etc.). The Hallstatt necropolis of Els Vilars can be found in a nearby hamlet. The mountainous area is abound with woods (cork oak, oak, beech, heather, Cistus, etc.). Dry crops are farmed on the plain area, such as: vines, olive trees and some forage.

The agricultural cooperative is one of the oldest in Catalonia and its wines and oils are famous throughout the whole region.

The oil and wine Agricultural Cooperative on the Roses road is worth mentioning. The building dates back to 1931 and a feature there is the arched nave, made up of a succession of pointed arches in exposed tiles. The wooden wine cellar with its collection of huge wine wineskins is also worth a visit. Guided visits are available throughout the year. They also offer tours in different languages. We would recommend visiting it during the wine harvest in autumn or during the olive harvest in winter. Visits should be booked in advance.

The Sant Jaume church (18th century) is made up of a huge central nave and side chapels. The Romanesque Sant Martí de Baussitges church (10th century) forms a trapezoidal-shaped layout and comprises one nave divided into two sections, where remains of the original tiling can still be seen. The building is crowned by a bell tower with a projection with three pilasters.

The Romanesque Sant Genís d’Esprac chapel (12th-13th centuries) comprises one nave and a circular apse. On the north wall, we can observe 10th century “Opus Spicatum” brickwork.

The place called Ponts de Relliquer is an extension of the town and was built along the Castellar hill path. They run parallel with the course of the Merdanç irrigation channel. When the irrigation channel became part of the urban landscape and the bridges were built, an interesting and distinct landscape resulted from it. An example of this is in the southernmost point of the neighbourhood.

To the east of Carrer de Figueres street, we can find the walled enclosure of Espolla castle (13th century). This structure has a rectangular-shaped layout that is ordered around a main street that faces north-south. There is little left of the original building, although things to look out for are the south-facing entrance built with granite facing stones, the corners also made with huge granite ashlars and several loopholes.

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