Shire: Alt Empordà
Altitude: 17 m
Castelló d'Empúries is a municipality of the Alt Empordà region that has the tourist aggregate of Empuriabrava, known by some as the Catalan Venice.
The Condal Town preserves all vestiges of its medieval capital: narrow streets, the walls, the Jewish Quarter or the magnificent Basilica of Santa Maria, the interior of which contains great treasures, such as the alabaster altarpiece of the Virgin of La Candelaria (XV ), as well as the baptismal font (s.XIV) and the 19th century organ.
The heritage and social activity of its inhabitants and entities, culminate in the celebration of the Medieval Festival Tierra de Trovadores (every second weekend of September) and the ART Route (every second weekend of October).
The Medieval History museums of the 14th century Curia-Prison and the Ecomuseum-Farinera are ideal places to learn about the history and legacy of this enchanting Mediterranean town.
Empuriabrava is the residential marina of the municipality of Castelló d'Empúries. Located on the coast of the Bay of Roses and located in the heart of the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls del Empordà, it is one of the most beautiful marinas in the world.
Genuine for its design and unique in Europe, it has more than 25 km of navigable channels, thus becoming the dream of any lover of the sea and water sports. The marina has more than 5,000 moorings, most of them with direct access to residences and the most protected port on the entire Mediterranean coast.
It also has an airfield, offering the possibility of reaching Empuriabrava by land, sea and air.
Basilica of Saint Mary
The Basilica of Santa Maria is the second most important church in the province of Girona and is one of the most interesting examples of Gothic religious architecture in Catalonia. It has a structure and dimensions of a cathedral, a dignity that did not succeed despite the various attempts, in this sense, the counts of Empúries.
The work, begun in the thirteenth century, continued throughout the fourteenth century and ended at the beginning of the fifteenth century, when the facade was built with the impressive marble portal. The interior space, a paradigm of Mediterranean Gothic, contains the unique baptismal sources of the fourteenth century, such as the very remarkable alabaster altarpiece of the fifteenth century, which, probably, Antoni Gaudí was inspired to create the Holy Family, and many other elements of interest.
Museum of Medieval History of the Curia-Prison (14th century)
Museum collection open to the public that houses the most representative elements of the historical past of the municipality, with special attention to the medieval period and the archaeological remains of the local Jewish community during the Middle Ages, such as the Hebrew lapidary collection from the old medieval cemetery of the Jews.
It is located in the old prison built in 1336. In the building you can visit an original prison that has 5 cells and a courtyard where the marks that the prisoners recorded on the walls are still preserved. The entrance of the museum is located in the old curia, the symbol of the jurisdictional power of the counts of Empúries in its territory.
The Ecomuseum-Farinera stands on the old mill of the middle, one of the three mills that existed in the medieval town of Castelló d'Empúries.
Its current appearance, a large three-story building, and the machinery it contains, are the result of the process of industrialization that, around the 1860s, involved the technical and construction transformation of the old mill, which became a factory.
Currently, its excellent state of preservation allows to show the whole process of flour manufacture.
Since 1997, the Ecomuseum-Farinera is one of the museums that form the network of the System of the Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia, a group of spaces that reproduce the process of industrialization in Catalonia.