The municipality of Cistella encompasses the villages of Mare de Déu de Vida, Ribera de les Planes, Sant Baldiri and Vilarig. The fountain in the square is well worth a visit.

The Nostra Senyora de Vida sanctuary was built on top of a hill in 1429 in honour of St Michael. In the 17th century, it was completely renovated and all that remains of the original building is the apse. It was at the time of the renovation that it was dedicated to Our Lady of Life. From the sanctuary, we can take in a wonderful view over most of Empordà and the village.

The Santa Maria parish church was rebuilt in the 18th century but it still maintains the splendid 12th century Romanesque entrance. The Sant Martí church was refurbished in the 19th and 20th centuries and still conserves its 12th century Romanesque door.

The village of Vilarig lies on the summit of a hill at the head of the Vilarig watercourse which, together with the Cistella watercourse, flows into the river Manol in the northern part of the village. Vilarig castle and its neighbouring church tower above the spattering of houses that are haphazardly distributed along the crest, to the south. The small cluster of houses feature architectural structures from the 15th-18th centuries, and still maintains its old appearance with different, traditional building styles that have been conserved without any noticeable modifications.

Mare de Déu de Vida.FonsCCAE Sant Martí de Vilaritg.FonsCCAE (3) Santa Maria.FonsCCAE (1) Santa Maria.FonsCCAE (2) Vilarig.Salines-Bassegoda


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