Located 30km east of Girona and a short distance from the beaches of the Costa Brava, Peratallada is a historic town in the Forallac municipality, which is dominated by the presence of its 11th century castle. The town name translates as ‘carved stone’, and most of the buildings in the area are indeed made from stone carved out of the nearby moat, which once acted as the town’s fortifications. With a number of other interesting structures to be discovered along its winding streets, a holiday in Peratallada has a slightly different appeal to that of many other Costa Brava destinations.
The 11th century Castle of Peratallada is a magnificent and imposing structure that many people regard as the jewel in the Girona province’s crown. The castle is now privately owned, and has been transformed and converted over the years to bring it to its current state – now housing an upmarket hotel and restaurant, but still retaining its architectural ‘wow’ factor.
Just outside the town walls of Peratallada is the 13th century Church of Saint Esteve, which is also well worth a visit. The town walls themselves remain today, and are a constant reminder of the heritage and history on display in Peratallada. As with many medieval towns, the streets are narrow and winding, occasionally opening up to reveal sunny courtyards lined with traditional Catalan restaurants and cafe-bars.
Peratallada is also an excellent destination for a golfing holiday, with several courses to be found within a fifteen kilometre radius of the town. If golf is not your thing, you can take the short drive down to the beach, try your hand at various water sports, or simply go for a walk in the surrounding hills and take in the spectacular scenery.
Depending on your interests there are many other cities, towns and villages worth visiting during your stay in Peratallada. Girona (30km away) is the nearest big city, with Figueres (the birthplace of Salvador Dali) a further 30km north. There are many delightful coastal spots in the opposite direction, with the closest (and some of the best) beaches to be found at Begur, 15km away.
Holidaymakers who head to Peratallada in July and August can expect temperatures of around 30C, which are ideal if you are planning to spend large chunks of your time on the beaches of the Costa Brava. If you plan a more active break, consider going in early June or late September, when the mercury drops a few notches but you are virtually assured of sunshine.
Girona – Costa Brava Airport, 50km away, serves the local area. It is a destination that receives a number of flights from around the UK, so it pays to shop around. Some of the cheapest services at time of writing came from Ryanair, through airports such as London Gatwick, London Stansted and Birmingham.