The Costa Brava is a land of contrasts. From the cliffs, coves and turquoise waters around our campsite you can go and experience another, very different sort of landscape just an hour by car from Cala Llevadó. Pals, on the great Ampurdán plain, is a traditional town which, despite receiving many visitors each month, is committed to maintaining its rural heritage and way of life. Pals is an ideal daytrip destination. Let yourself be seduced by its streets and stones that tell stories of centuries past.
One of the reasons we recommend you make an excursion to Pals is for its medieval quarter which, after being partially destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), underwent a comprehensive 30-year restoration, leaving it looking better than ever. Pals’ labyrinthine network of alleyways, squares and houses is worth exploring in its entirety, but highlights include the gothic quarter – known as the Pedró because the buildings are all made from stone – and the Torre de las Horas (Tower of Hours) which provides impressive views over Montgrí and the Medas Islands (two emblematic elements of the Bajo Ampurdán skyline.) The viewpoint is named after Josep Pla, a writer who spent a lot of time in Pals.
While strolling around the town you’ll also discover iconic buildings like the San Pedro church, a network of covered arcades, and the Ca la Pruna Casa de Cultura (Cultural Centre), where you can discover a selection of cava and wine from the Ampurdán.
And make sure you don’t leave Pals without first enjoying a stroll or a bike ride along the roads that cross the rice fields and taking the classic photo of the flooded rice paddies with Montgrí in the background!
If you go in early autumn, you can even see a demonstration of how rice has been cultivated in Pals for centuries. After all that walking you’ll probably be feeling peckish, so make sure to stop off at one of the local restaurants and try the town’s traditional dish – delicious cassola rice.