The Empordà is full of protected open areas with a great variety of landscapes and contrasts. Particularly worthy of a mention are the Cap de Creus, the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà and the Montgrí Natural Parks, the Medes Isles and the River Baix Ter as well as the Albera Natural Area. The Empordà also has many other protected open areas.
The coastal paths are one of the main attractions of the Empordà region. Hiking along the coastline allows you to discover coves and hidden inlets, the source of inspiration for Costa Brava landscape. For people who love hiking and cycle tourism, the territory has many signposted kilometres that cross the Empordà region or that follow the river beds, such as the path along the Muga, the Ter route or the Fluvià route.
Megalithic monuments, the iberian settlements in Ullastret and Palamós, The Citadel in Roses and the Greco-Roman ruins in Empúries are places you should no miss to get to know the history of the Empordà Region. There are buildings, monuments and ancient town centres from the time of the mediaeval counts which are a must for visitors. The indiano legacy can also be found in some coastal towns.
The Dalí triangle includes the three most important places in the life of the Empordà painter; Figueres, Portlligat and Púbol. A visit to the foundation of the author, Josep Pla, or to the different museums there are in the area will enrich visitors and help them gain a better insight into the life of the people of the Empordà Region.
The Productes de l’Empordà quality mark recognises, promotes and certifies the quality of Empordà products, Pals rice, sweet sausages, Empordà brunyols (sweet fritters), Figueres onions, stuffed apples or curds also come under this heading.
Oil and wine started to be cultivated in the Empordà region thousands of years ago. The Denomination of Origin (DO) for wine and the Denomination of Protected Origin (DOP) for olive oil guarantee their quality. Many wine cellars and oil presses can be visited in the Empordà region, following the “Empordà camins de vi” routes. The gastronomic experience can be completed in renowned restaurants and places of reference, such as the Aula Gastronòmica de l’Empordà or the Espai del Peix in Palamós.
Palamós, L’Estartit, L’Escala, Roses, Port de la Selva and Llançà still preserve activities linked to the world of fishing, such as the arrival of the fishing boats, the auction, the fish market and even outings with fishermen. Palamós also offers a combination of gatronomy and culture, thanks to its Fishing Museum and the Espai del Peix. In l’Escala, the Fish Interpretation Centre (MARAM) and the Anchovy and Salt Museum (MASLE) also countain valuable maritime and fishing legacy from the territory.
L’Empordà has marinas all along the coast from where you can sail. We would highlight Empuriabrava, an important marina. There are also many other places where you can enjoy nautical activities. L’Estartit and Roses are Nautical Stations, in other words, destinations the specialise in nautical tourism.