Pals is first and foremost a color that contrasts with the landscape, seen on a sandy mound, dominating the humid plains covered by rice fields. The ancient city, built around the castle of which only the Romanesque Tower of the Hours is preserved, has an air that instantly transports you to the Middle Ages. There is a Gothic style prevalent in the church of Sant Pere de Pals and the Casa de la Vila. Pals is made for walking, to get lost in its winding streets, to climb to the summit and enjoy the view from there, if the weather is fine.
This ancient "Tower of the Hours" or "Tribute" was documented for the first time in 889 when King Odo I of France made a donation to the Castillo of Mont-Aspre the only thing left that remains the same, this name was given as it was used as a bell tower in the fifteenth century. It stands above the old town center, a circular Romanesque tower 15 meters tall and built during the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Between 1380 and 1482 several peasant revolts broke out called "War Remensas" kicking off the Catalan civil war against John II. The dilapidated state of the castle and the walls made, in 1478, the aforementioned King decide to tear down what was left of the castle and the stones were used to restore the church. The ancient gate arch is elevated up to half the height of the tower and its name comes from the gothic bell of three pillars. In 1501 by the decision of King Ferdinand the place was organized as an independent municipality, with powers of town and taxing. The data are the City Hall of Pals.
We went camping in a pine forest and, at 5 in the morning, we went to see the sunrise at this beach which has a beautiful landscape and crystal clear water. The only drawback is that the sand has quite a lot of pebbles.
We are facing the most important square in Pals, Plaza Mayor, where you can find the Casa de la Vila. Pals is said to be one of the most beautiful Gothic villages in Spain and its Plaza Mayor has a Gothic arch that forms part of the wall which in the past would have had other functions. The square is also a nice corner for a drink on one of the terraces, where you can see many of the locals on the street on hot days. The buildings that make up the square are some of the most beautiful in the town. You should also visit the rice fields in Pals. The whole town is a gem that you should visit if you are in Girona and the Costa Brava.
Located in the most central street of Pals, from "where all roads lead to Rome", we went to this famous Pals Gourmet Store which is characterized by the large number and variety of chocolates, at least for me is one of the pleasures of life and with bitter almonds so much the better. The black chocolates had 80% cocoa, almond black, white, black with grapefruit, black with mint, black with brown, black with bitter and milk chocolate among other varieties. We also saw different types of candy, a variety of wines, spirits and artisanal cheeses. Baskets ready to give as business gifts, candy jars (small or large) and other crafts like clay tiles molded on the thigh of the leg then hand painted, light leather boots to carry with wine, hampers, baskets, marble mortar, milk cans, glass base plates with nuts, a variety of local rice, typical guards bags, leather bags and wallets, spoons, wooden utensils, warm boots and the prettiest gifts/souvenirs to take home. The phone number and website are of the Municipal Tourism Office Pals.
The Museum and House of Culture is at the entrance of the old town, it's a house majestic fortified in Gothic-Renaissance style of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries (between Calle Paul Companyó and Calle de la Creu). In it there are several interesting spaces such as the Underwater Archaeology Museum, a permanent exhibition of wines and champagnes from Catalonia, several rooms for art exhibits and a replica of an ancient village apothecary containing the tools of the first apothecary of Pals, Mr. Desideri Ferrer. This house has over time become a meeting place as it has a very nice and comfortable restaurant. Opening hours in summer are: Tuesday-Saturday 10.30-13.30 and 18:00-21:00 and Sundays 11:00-13:00 and 18:00-21:00, closed Mondays except winter holidays and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00-13:30 and 15:30 to 19:00.
Just before reaching Pals take a small detour to Massos Pals, an urban area where the church of San Frutos is at the top and surrounded by fortified farmhouses of the time - it is valued for its architecture. Currently, Massos de Pals is an urban center that joins the town of Pals. The Church of Sant Fruitós dates from the eighteenth century and you can see that their façades facing different squares and public spaces, the main stairs giving access to the door make it more impressive.
In this colorful area of Pals, you can find all kinds of clothes, souvenirs and gift items for any occasion and walk through one of the most beautiful places in the region. Headbands in various colors, buckles and colorful hair pins, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pendants, braided leather belts, classic wooden horses on wheels, cloth dolls, giant bears, turtles, various birds, swords, shields and childrens costumes for medieval festivals. Sun glasses, key chains, scarves, football banners, puppets, hats and caps, plain t-shirts, or printed ones. Little dolls wearing the traditional dress of different nationalities, wooden carts, painted cane furniture, handmade embroidered bags of various types and colors, long strings of beads topped with crosses, colorful flowers for hair, etc. The address is Calle Mayor 10. Pals. 17256. Girona. Spain