Alt Empordà is a region with a great cultural and landscape wealth, marked by its geographic location in the most northeastern area of the Iberian Peninsula, has converted it into an area of passage (persons, goods, etc.).
Its natural boundaries are the Pyrenees, the Mediterranean Sea, and the plains of the Empordà that joins it with the Baix Empordà and the area of Alta Garrotxa. All of these aspects make the landscape of Alt Empordà a unique place that joins the sea and the mountains that along with the north wind, have marked the culture, gastronomy, traditional trades and the mood of the town that has been established for thousands of years.
The dolmens and menhirs of the area of Albera and Cap de Creus stand out as the most notable places of our history, as well as the Greco-Roman remains of Empúries and the Citadel of Roses. From this medieval era, we find Romanic churches, the monastery of Vilabertran and of Sant Pere de Rodes, the latter being the greatest exponent. Of later era, we have the gothic style Cathedral of Castelló d’Empúries, and some modernist buildings, until reaching our times with the genius of Salvador Dalí and this Theater Museum of Figueres and house in Portlligat.
But all of these elements cannot be understood without the Emporda landscape, a good part of which is protected: the Natural Park of Aiguamolls del Empordà, Cap de Creus, the Natural Spot of Albera and the area of Basecoat. Another important component of the Alt Empordà is the gastronomy of the sea and mountain, the fish “suquet”, goose with turnips, “brunyols” of Empordà, and notable products like the Emporda Denomination of Origin wines, anchovies from L’Escala, oil from the presses of the region, sweet sausages, etc.
All of these aspects make the Alt Empordà an embracing land ready to receive you.
Services that offer: The Region is established as a local entity of a territorial nature formed by the grouping together of adjacent municipalities, it has its own legal identity and full competence and autonomy for achieving its aims.
The management and administration of the Region is the responsibility of the Region Council, which is made up of the following organs in order to carry out its functions: the full assembly of members, the president’s office, the vice-president’s office, the council of mayors, the special accounts commission, and the administrator.
The Region Council:
a) Gives technical, legal and financial assistance to the municipalities.
b) Cooperates financially for the implementation of public works, services or activities of the municipalities.
c) Assures, as a subsidiary function, the provision of compulsory municipal services in those municipalities which, due to their level of population, are not obliged to provide them.
d) Cooperates with municipalities for the establishment of any new services required in order to develop the territory.
e) Establishes and coordinates, with prior notice to the municipal councils concerned, infrastructures, services and operations at a supra-municipal level.
In all cases, the Region Council must exercise its due functions of assistance and cooperation bearing in mind the needs of the various different municipalities, in terms of their number of inhabitants, their geographical location, or their characteristics with regard to their principal economic activities.
(Law 6/1987, regarding the ‘Organization of the Regions in Catalonia)
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