It was Josep Pla who named this place that way, between Les Gavarres, El Montgrí and the Costa Brava. Full of small medieval towns, surrounded by fields where time stands still and traditions endure.
Our region has been inhabited since prehistoric times, countless civilizations have passed through it, leaving their mark with buildings such as the Iberian town of Ullastret, the ruins of Empúries or the many medieval towns such as Monells, Pals, Palau Sator or Peratallada.
El Palauet de Monells is located in the Golden Triangle of the Empordanet, close to the best beaches on the Costa Brava, golf courses and about 50 km from Girona airport.
With two different nuclei on both sides of the Rissec river, one fortified around the gardens of the old castle and the other presided over by the Church of Sant Genís from the 11th century of Romanic origin but with a Gothic and Baroque accent. Its streets and squares acquired their maximum splendor in the Middle Ages, as Monells was the scene of an old and very important market that was held at the end of the 17th century.
It stands out for its beautiful “Plaça Jaume I”, where El Palauet de Monells is located. In it we can see a reproduction of “La Mitgera de Monells”, a unit of measurement for grain established by royal decree in 1234 by King Jaume I “El Conqueridor” for the entire diocese of Girona.
Les Gavarres Natural Park
Les Gavarres massif is located between the Baix Empordà and Gironés regions, at the northern end of the Catalan coast, covers an area of 350 km2 and is home to a large number of towns such as: Calonge, Monells, Forallac, La Bisbal, Sta. Cristina d’Aro, Girona or Madremanya among many others.
Les Gavarres have rounded shapes, which were defined by the writer Josep Plà as “elephant-like“, and offer an extensive forest landscape. Its highest points (Mare de Déu dels Àngels and Puig d’Arques) are wonderful viewpoints from which we can see the Golf de Roses, the plain of l’Empordà and even the Pyrenees on clear days.