Old town

Price: free of charge

Pals is very compact and you can take in everything of interest in a couple of hours.To see it at its liveliest, arrive before lunch or in the late afternoon, when the craft and pottery shops are open. On the main street into the old town is the intriguing Museu-Casa de Cultura Ca La Pruna, a museum of local history, with exhibits on wine and cava production, a collection of offshore archeological finds, and a small re-creation of an eighteenth-century pharmacy. 

The hub of the town is the Plaça Major, 100m northeast of the museum, home to craft shops and a café. From here atmospheric Carrer Major climbs uphill; pre-second-century-AD Visigoth graves were discovered here during Pals’ restoration, and their shallow, boat-like shapes are clearly visible in alcoves set into house walls. Almost at the top of this rise is the architectural mishmash of the Església de St Pere, built using stones from the ruined castle that once stood here.The site of the church was first documented in 994, and the current building has a Romanesque layout, with a fifteenth-century Gothic apse and nave, and an ornate Baroque facade topped by an eighteenth-century belfry. It’s strangely austere inside, with an intricate vaulted ceiling framing a simple altar.

Above the church rises the eleventh-century Romanesque Torre de les Hores clock tower. Some 50m north of here, a section of the old medieval walls survives; at a small gap in the walls, the minuscule Mirador de Josep Pla affords great views towards the offshore marine reserve of Les Illes Medes.

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Església de Sant Pere, Pals

Pals Old Town, Girona, Costa Brava

Pals, Costa Brava

Pals es troba sobre un turó envoltat de camps de cultius

Torre de les Hores, Mirador Josep Pla

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