Llançà

Llançà is a small Mediterranean town surrounded by land and sea, by two protected natural areas, the Cap de Creus Natural Park and the L’Albera Natural Park. Its surroundings are the home of important cultural heritage elements that date to the megalithic period (with dolmens and prehistoric remains) as well as significant remains of pre-Romanesque architecture, with the impressive Sant Pere de Rodes monastery.

The coastline is not particularly rugged and its series of cliffs and coves are breathtakingly beautiful, with beaches such as Cap de Ras, Canyelles, Grifeu, L’Argilera, El Port, Carboneres, La Farella and Cau del Llop.

The J. Martínez Lozano Watercolour Museum houses a collection of watercolours from different styles, by artists from Catalonia and the rest of Spain.

The Sant Silvestre de Valleta church dates back to the 10th century. In the 13th and 14th centuries, it was listed as a parish church but it no longer remained as such in the 17th century. It was restored and reopened for worship in 1983. Sant Genís del Terrer are the ruins of a small 10th century church.

The original Sant Vicenç de Llançà church belonged to Sant Pere de Rodes from 974 and has been recently restored. It is gothic in style (13th or 14th century), but nevertheless follows a style that is typical of the Romanesque bell towers that appeared in the 11th century, with simplistic lines and void of ornamental elements.

The current parish church (18th century) can be found on the other side of the Plaça Major square. We can observe important remains of the gothic castle-palace which belonged to the Sant Pere de Rodes abbots, the feudal lords of Llançà. During building work carried out on the old bell tower, the stocks of a medieval prisoner were discovered. Since this torturing device was restored, it has been on display inside the tower.

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