Girona: let yourself fall in love
It's one of those places you never forget. A place whose beauty and diversity will stay with you forever. Its landscapes and monuments are among Catalonia's most precious gems. Magical and welcoming, all at once. An extraordinary place to live or just take a break, immersing yourself in nature, culture and history.
Girona is about as close to paradise as it gets, enrapturing the visitor with its endless variety of landscapes, from the imposing mountains of the Pyrenees to the alluring beaches of the Costa Brava. Nobody can resist Girona.
A haven for the greats, the city of Figueras was the birthplace of Salvador Dalí as well as a source of inspiration for the artist. The region boasts its fair share of Dalí's masterpieces, from the Theatre-Museum that bears his name in his native Figueras, to Salvador Dalí House in Cadaqués and the Gala Dalí Castle House-Museum in Púbol. This cultural circuit offers an exquisite insight into the surreal universe of the legendary artist.
For sun worshippers, the crystalline waters and stunning shorelines of the Costa Brava can hold their own among the world's most beautiful beaches. From Blanes to Portbou up on the French border, the coast of Girona is dotted with charming fishing villages and crystal clear waters in bays tucked away between low cliffs and lush greenery. Roses, Begur, Tossa de Mar, Cabo de Creus and Lloret de Mar, to name but a few.
But Girona is more than its beaches; it also offers spectacular mountains and valleys. Puigcerdà, the capital of the comarca of Baixa Cerdanya, offers a picture perfect landscape nestled between the Pyrenees and the Segre. Campodrón, which lies on the French border just where the Ter and Ritort rivers meet, is one of the most picturesque villages in the region. Get gloriously lost in the winding alleys of the medieval villages of Beget and Besalú, and unwind and recharge your batteries in the mountain air in Hostalets d’en Bas, in the comarca of La Garrotxa.
The volcanic zone of the La Garrotxa natural park, in the north of the province, is yet another hidden treasure to discover; a field of dormant volcanoes, covered in places by immense swathes of vegetation. Garrotxa is also home to Castellfollit de la Roca, one of Spain's smallest villages at just one square kilometre, built right on the edge of a cliff.
Modernism, nature and history
If you feel compelled to discover this array of attractions, The Singular Space has just the right properties to allow you to do so. For example, this magnificent estate in La Selva. The property includes various period buildings, such as the main house dating back to 13th century and the stables, which feature two beams created by the Eiffel workshop.
This modernist masterpiece is set in the stunning surroundings of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, nestled in the gentle curves of the Muga and Fluvia rivers. This spectacular country mansion is attributed to the renowned architect Josep Azemar i Pont, who also designed the house that would become famous as Salvador Dalí’s birthplace, among other celebrated works.
Or how about this country house, which dates back to the 18th century. Nestled in the lush natural surroundings of Alta Garrotxa alongside medieval towns like Besalú, the property is a stone's throw from the Lake of Banyoles and beaches such as Empuries, Roses and La Escala.
Flanked on all sides by extraordinary natural landscapes, this farmstead also dates back to the 18th century, though its existence was documented several centuries earlier. An exquisitely refurbished home in El Ripollés.