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    Josep Pla Viewpoint – 'Passeig Arqueològic'.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 10, 2012

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    The start of the 'Passeig Arqueol��gic'.
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    We did learn some more about the name giver of the viewpoint, we read:

    *The Catalan writer Josep Pla said that, when passing by Pals, he felt that the village was served to him on a tray.
    *And he said because this small historic village located at top of a small hill, the Puig Aspre, appears from a distance like a promontory in the middle of the flatness of the Empordà.
    More than enough reasons to have such a beautiful spot named after the writer indeed.

    After our picnic break we decided to go next to explore the rest of the village of Pals. We arrived at the Josep Pla Viewpoint via a small alley at the back of the church and therefore we went back to the city center via the ancient walls. At the beginning of the walls we saw that it was actually a 'Passeig Arqueològic' (the archeological walk). You could start at the viewpoint, where the Roman city wall begins. Within the wall you can still see the remains of a small Roman road, built to connect the viewpoint to the center of Pals. We continued along the wall and at the end we were able to you can visit the old quarter again. It worth the walk this small archeological walk.

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    Josep Pla Viewpoint – Empordá and Medes Islands.

    by Jerelis Updated Sep 10, 2012

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    Right there! The Medes Islands.
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    Being at the Josep Pla makes you realize that you’re actually at a mountain. Like I said before, the medieval village of Pals is built up against a mountain, but walking the streets doesn’t give you that idea, besides the fact that it is strenuous at sometimes. But once at the viewpoint you can see and witness it for sure. The view towers over the entire region and without a doubt I can say -> a great spot!

    We had a rest at the Josep Pla Viewpoint which gave us some extra time to just have a look around at this natural watchtower. Right from here we could make out the fields of Empordà and the Medes Islands. Both destinations had a special meaning for us. We had already visited the castle of Empordá and had scheduled a snorkeling tour in the bays of the Medes Islands. We also saw the symbol of Torroella, Montgrí Castle very clearly. At a sign we read that a writer from Palafrugell gave his name to this viewpoint. The viewpoint got the name of this writer because he said that it was the most beloved viewpoint he knew, as he himself declared in different parts of his work. It’s not a writer I know, but that doesn’t matter. The viewpoint is a great place to be, with beautiful long views. A spot to stay for a whiel just to look, look and look around. Enjoy.

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    Josep Pla Viewpoint – What a nice surprise.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 7, 2012

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    Having a rest at the Josep Pla Viewpoint.
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    When we first drove past the little village of Pals we already could see it from the road, build up against a mountain. What a beautiful sight! Especially the medieval Romanesque tower, known as the Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours) was very prominent in our view. At that time we already knew that we were going to visit the place and we were definitely not sorry for that! Let me tell you why ...

    Once we did visit Pals, we learned that this medieval town has a Gothic Quarter which has been substantially restored. We loved walking over the are cobbled streets which sometimes are interrupted by semicircular arches, façades with pointed arched windows and stone balconies. The town wall contains four square towers which date from the 4th century. To our surprise we did end up at a nice viewpoint after we walked our way up behind the church. We had no idea it was there and definitely had no idea that this particular spot was the Josep Pla Viewpoint, a prominent place to visit once you’re in Pals.

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    Esglesia de Sant Pere – Some beautiful 'secrets'.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 5, 2012

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    Beautiful stained glasses in the church.
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    Once were inside we had a good look at the interior. It’s not a particular rich church, but still gives away some beautiful ‘secrets’. Of course the beautiful stained glasses are worth a closer look. We noticed that the church has a single nave with some interesting vaults. The apse is semicircular on the outside while the inside remains of polygonal shape.

    Outside the church we read on a plaque that in the 10th century some of the stone blocks from the earlier built castle were used to build the church of Eglesia de Sant Pere. In its final structure you can make out the Romanesque base, the Gothic apse and nave and the Baroque portico and belltower. Having a good look at the baroque façade allows some details of the 12th century remnants. Do walk around the church and enjoy the vibe at that particular spot. We can honestly say it is a must visit!

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    Esglesia de Sant Pere – Lighting a candle.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 5, 2012

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    Although we were quite early when we first arrived at the Esglesia de Sant Pere in Pals we were already allowed to enter it. A huge advantage of our early arrival was the fact that there were almost no tourists. Either the bus / coach was still on his way or everybody was having a breakfast in their hotel. Whenever we visit a church the kids always want to burn a candle, it has become a bit of a tradition. The Sight of burning votive candles - real or electronic - is common in most Catholic churches. The candles are usually placed before statues of saints or at shrines. But how did this tradition get its start?

    According to A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals, by Ann Ball, the practice of lighting candles in order to obtain some favor probably has its origins in the custom of burning lights at the tombs of the martyrs in the catacombs. The lights burned as a sign of solidarity with Christians still on earth. Because the lights continually burned as a silent vigil, they became known as vigil lights. Vigil Lights (from the Latin vigilia, which means "waiting" or "watching") are traditionally accompanied by prayers of attention or waiting. Another common type of candle offering is the votive light. Such an offering is indicative of seeking some favor from the Lord or the saint before which the votive is placed. So for us lighting a candle is a way of extending our prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf our prayer is offered.

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    Esglesia de Sant Pere – Originates from 944.

    by Jerelis Written Sep 5, 2012

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    The front facade of Esglesia de Sant Pere.
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    The history of the entire area of Pals is quite interesting. In advance we read on the internet that in earlier times an extended swampy area surrounded Pals. For a long time the area has been dry, but the name persists from its original condition from the Latin (palus = sump). The oldest surviving documents indicate that Pals was established in the 9th century, but in all probability Pals is substantially older. The small picturesque town lies on the hill Puig Aspere and approximately 2000 inhabitants. Time for us to explore it!

    When we first arrived we saw that the village is dominated by the church Esglesia de Sant Pere, it truly towers over the small picturesque town. We learned that the Esglesia de Sant Pere originates from the year 944. The church has been changed so many times in the course of the time that it is now an amalgam of roman, gothic and baroque styles. We walked our way up and once in front of the church we also saw the higher located former bell tower "Torre des hores" (tower of the hours) which rises into the sky as the only remnant of a castle from the 11 and 12 century.

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    Llafranc

    by mustertal Updated Jul 31, 2011

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    Llafranc

    This is a small but busy resort , pine trees shade the sea front, and has a marina,set in a perfect bay with a pebbly beach.

    Snuggled in lovely and peaceful corner of the Costa Brava, this village is well sheltered to the east by Cap de Sant Sabastion. The village origin is similar to other villages along this coast, it began as a refuge for fishermen, who drew their boats along the sand's.

    The beach is always busy, it is served with some nice hotel's along the front with good restaurant's, note the restaurants close for food between the hour's of 3pm-7pm.
    You can walk or drive up to the lighthouse at Cap de Sant Sebastia for wonderful views down over Llafranc

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    Empurie's

    by mustertal Updated Jul 31, 2011

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    In 1908 the excavation of this huge and ever growing site began, and, so far only 25% has been excavated.
    Phoenicians and Greek's in the 7th century BC came here to sell there spice's and goods, then settled, some out on nearby the small Island of Sant Marti D' Empuries.
    The second Punic War saw the settlement of the Romans in 218 BC. In the second half of the 3rd century AD, the whole of the Roman city was abandoned, and the people settled in the nearby Sant Marti d'Empuries, which over the years had now become part of the mainland and no longer an Island.

    Empurie's is in a most beautiful setting, and you will need a good hour or so to go round, on top of that, allow yourself time to go to the audio visual show telling the full history of the site.

    Opening times are:
    October to May 10 am - 18h Mon- Sunday.

    June- September 10am - 20h Mon - Sunday

    NOTE :Closed 1st January and 25th December

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    Begur

    by mustertal Updated Jul 31, 2011

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    The medieval town of Begur sits on an immense geological mass of vertical rock. The main medieval square span's out from the church. The Castle which dates back to the XV11th century, was built on the ruin's of an old fortress in 1455.
    In the village you will still find some very old street's and house's called "de Piratas" or "de Moros" (Moors Houses).

    The road up to the Castle is long with a slow climb, but well worth it for the 360% panoramic view, with different changes of landscape.

    There are literally hundreds of restaurant in the main village, I have never seen so many in such a small place. Apparently the town comes alive at night with the sound of Salsa and funky music.

    You park at the bottom of the hill and there are quite a few step's before you reach the street, so may not be accessible to some people.

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    Magic Fountains of Monjuic Barcelona

    by mustertal Updated Jul 29, 2005

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    These Fountain's where first performed on 9th May 1929 for the Great Universal Exhibition, designed by Carles Buigas. After many years of disuse they the fountains were restored for the 1992 Olympics, now it is a spectacular show of Light, Motion and Colour, not to be missed.

    Get there early and choice a good spot to view this magnificent show, try the top of the step's and look down the long line of fountains that line the street, you will not be disappointed.

    The Fountains are played on the following dates.
    Summer Shows ( May-Sept)
    Thurs,Fri,Sat and Sunday,8pm-Midnight.

    Winter (Oct - April)
    Friday -Saturday, 7pm - 9pm.
    Sometimes they can be cancelled in wet or bad weather.

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    Sant Marti d'Empuries

    by mustertal Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Beach Sant Marti

    Sant Marti d'Empuries is a small mediaeval village close to the Empuries exscavation site.Formaly an Island on which the Greek's founded their forst settlement (Palaia Polis).
    In the main square you will find lot's of nice restaurant's to sit and people watch.The little beaches along this coast are small,clean and sheltered anomg the rock's and good for snorteling. You may want to take a trip on the little train that takes you around the sites.
    You will find the square in the centre of the village full of restaurant's and bar's,so plenty of places to eat.

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    Decorations of buildings

    by LanaFromRiga Written Sep 21, 2005

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    You don't need to go to art museums for watching stylish decorations of Spanish houses. Just attentively look around during your walking and you'll mention many beautiful things.

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    Explorering the labyrinth of streets

    by LanaFromRiga Written Sep 21, 2005

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    Walking down streets of Pals is a special action, because streets are narrow and crooked and you never know what will be after the corner. :-)

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