Located on the Baix Empordà coast, 50 km directly east of Girona, Begur is a delightful village with a permanent population of just over 4000, although in the summer months one can add another zero to that figure!
Begur is not only all about summer tourism though and there is plenty of history attached to the region too, with the ruins of its medieval castle perched on a hill overlooking the town and the coast.
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The Costa Brava is, of course, famed for its many beautiful beaches (and we’ll come back to those in more detail at a later date) but for today we’re going to focus on one of the lovely villages in the region that makes for a lovely day trip: Pals. In future blogs, we will cover other local hamlets, so this is just chapter one!
Situated just a few kilometres inland from the sea, Pals is a well preserved medieval village that traces its origins back to, at least, the 7th century. In fact, its name suggests possible ancient Roman origins as “Pals” derives from “Palus” which meant ‘swampy place’ in Latin. The first documentary evidence relating to the castle of Pals dates back to 889 and the second to 994.
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