Sant Feliu de Guixols

View of the monastery of Sant Feliu de Guixols

Sant Feliu de Guixols Monastery

Sant Feliu de Guixols is located in the heart of the beautiful Costa Brava, with its cliffs, beaches and coves. In its time it was the residence of the important bourgeoisie dedicated to the cork industry and this can be seen in the numerous manor houses that make up its urban nucleus. Likewise, like almost the entire province of Gerona, it has an important Romanesque heritage.

Delicious gastronomy, wonderful landscapes and a lot of tourist animation complete what Sant Feliu de Guixols offers you. If you want to know her, we will tell you a little more about her.

What to see and do in Sant Feliu de Guixols

In addition to enjoying its beaches bathed by the Mediterranean, you have a lot to see in the town of Lower Ampurdán both with regard to monuments and nature routes.

Benedictine monastery of Sant Feliu de Guixols

Banner of the monumental heritage of the town is the impressive monastery Romanesque built by the Benedictine Order in the XNUMXth century. However, the complex has other elements of different styles. Also Romanesque are the Fum towers, semicircular plant, and of the Corn, rectangular, but the church is Gothic, the so-called Ferrada door It is pre-Romanesque and the arch of Sant Benet It is baroque, like another of the buildings.

Patxot House

The best example of the stately homes we were talking about is the Patxot house, a marvel of the Noucentisme Catalan due to the architect Albert Juan i Torner. It was built in 1917 and its façade is decorated with all kinds of ornamental motifs in tiles, ceramics and glass.

View of the Casino La Constancia

Casino La Constancia

Casino La Constancia, emblem of modernism in Sant Feliu de Guixols

This building is in front of the previous one and it does not lag behind in terms of beauty. Respond to modernism with great Mozarabic influences that can be seen, for example, in the arches of its windows. When you see it, it is sure to catch your eye.

Other stately homes

Along with the two mentioned, you have in Sant Feliu de Guixols many other aristocratic houses. Among them, the Gaziel house, the one with the Bell, Pecher house, Ribot or the Maynegre house.

The Sant Feliu de Guixols Town Hall

Another beautiful construction older than the previous ones, since it is from 1547. As you can see by this date, it responds to a very late gothic and in the XNUMXth century a tower was added.

Pedralta

One of the most curious things about Sant Feliu de Guixols is this huge rocker stone that is maintained in an impossible balance on a mound already near the municipal term of Santa Cristina de Haro and that is considered the largest in Europe of its kind.

Carmen Thysen Space

In 2012, Baroness Thysen installed this temporary exhibition center dedicated to painting. It is open from June to October and offers both group and individual exhibitions.

View of the Pecher house

Pecher House

Beaches

You cannot visit the Girona town without enjoying its wonderful beaches. In many of them, you can also practice water sports such as scuba diving, kayaking or surfing. Among them, you have the Sant Feliu beach, that of Sant Pol, the one of the Canyerets and the Jonca, Molí, Port Salvi or dels Mussols coves.

Route of the viewpoints

The Catalan town faces the sea, but is also surrounded by wonderful natural landscapes such as the massifs of Les Gavarres or the Ardenya. Through these there are hiking and bicycle routes that unite viewpoints from which you have wonderful views of the Costa Brava. The most important in this sense is the one that connects viewpoints such as those of Cala Urgell, Les Bateries, Sant Benet, Piug Gros and La hermitage of Sant Elm, where you also have a beautiful chapel.

What to eat in Sant Feliu de Guixols

The gastronomy of the Catalan town combines fresh fish with products from its garden. The result of this are dishes such as Suquet de peix, which carries potatoes and rock fish; the cod that is prepared in different ways but highlights the so-called peixopalo, dry and unsalted and, above all the sea ​​and mountain, which combines meat with fish and seafood and sometimes includes rice, another of the classics of Empordà cuisine.

Other typical dishes that you should try are the strong soup escudella and carn d'olla, conger eel with peas, black pudding with beans, scorpion rice or duck with pears.

A suquet de peix

fish sauce

As for desserts, the gastronomy of Sant Feliu de Guixols is also rich in them. Very typical are fritters, which are even sold on the street. But also the cake, a thread filled with cream or cream, and the flona, similar to the previous one but which is also made with cottage cheese inside.

Finally, regarding drinks, you have the wines with appellation of origin of Ampurdán like the white of Perelada or the red of Capmany. And, to finish your meal, try what burned, which is coffee with flambéed rum.

When is it better to go to Sant Feliu de Guixols

The Girona town has a typical climate Mediterranean. Winters are cool, with temperatures rarely falling below zero degrees. For their part, summers are warm and pleasant, as they hardly ever exceed thirty.

As for the precipitations, they are not abundant and they are concentrated, mainly in the autumn. Therefore, the best times for you to go to Sant Feliu de Guixols are spring and summer.

The beach of the Canyerets

Canyerets beach

How to get to the Catalan town

The closest airport to Sant Feliu de Guixols is Girona-Costa Brava, which is about thirty kilometers away. And the same happens with the nearest AVE station. It is the capital of the province and, from there, you can take a commuter train to Caldas de Malavella, which is twenty kilometers from Sant Feliu.

You also have several bus lines that connect the town with Gerona and with towns such as Tossa de Mar, Palamós and even Cadaqués. Finally, if you travel in your own car, you must do it by the C-31 highway and then take the road C-65.

In conclusion, the small town of Sant Feliu de Guixols offers you everything you need to enjoy a good vacation: beautiful landscapes, beautiful beaches and coves, an interesting monumental heritage more typical of larger cities and exquisite gastronomy. Do you dare to visit it?

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