The Costa Brava is a large area in Girona province (Catalonia) extending from the paradisiacal beaches along the coast to the inland countryside dotted with small medieval villages surrounded by fertile croplands. One of these paradisiacal beaches is Platja del Castell, surrounded by pine groves, just 20 minutes from Begur.
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Monells, a medieval village in Baix Empordà County, is divided into two parts on either side of Rissec Stream: a fortified area around the gardens of the former castle with a porticoed main square and arches spanning several streets, and another area dominated by the church of St Genís, originally Romanesque but with Gothic and Baroque features. From Monells, you can walk or cycle through fields and orchards to other medieval villages such as Madremanya, Cruïlles, Peratallada, Palau-sator.
You can also visit the Greek and Roman ruins beside the sea at Empúries, one of the most important archaeological sites in the Iberian Peninsula. The Greeks settled in this beautiful area in the early 6th century BC and later, in the 2nd century BC, the Romans started out from here on their conquest of the Peninsula..
Absorb some of the Costa Brava culture by visiting the local museums, such as the Dalí Theatre-Museum, displaying works by Empordà painter Salvador Dalí.