Peratallada. A walk through a medieval village.
Peratallada is a medieval village located in the Baix Empordà region. It is very close to l’Estartit and Camping La Sirena. Visiting Peratallada is an excellent way of getting to know the beautiful medieval villages in the Girona area.
Peratallada, a medieval village steeped in history
The history of Peratallada dates back to the 10th century. In its beginnings, the town was a small fortified village where agriculture and livestock farming predominated.
During the Middle Ages, Peratallada experienced a period of splendour. It grew thanks to trade and the production of linen and woollen fabrics, which were exported all over Europe. Moreover, the town’s location near the Mediterranean allowed for intense commercial and maritime traffic.
In the 14th century, Peratallada became part of the County of Empúries. This fact contributed to its growth and economic development. During this period, Peratallada Castle was built, which became the political and social centre of the town.
Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, Peratallada lost importance. Its economy focused on agriculture and livestock farming. From the 19th century onwards, the town fell into a period of decline that lasted until the 20th century.
In the 1960s, Peratallada began a process of recovery and restoration of its historical and artistic heritage. As a result, a large part of its mediaeval legacy has been preserved. Today, Peratallada is one of the most visited villages in the Baix Empordà region. It is an ideal place to enjoy rural tourism and the cultural heritage of Catalonia.
Some of the things you can see in Peratallada are:
- Peratallada Castle: this is an 11th century fortification that was reformed in the 14th century and is the most emblematic building in the village. Nowadays you can visit its inner courtyard and some of the interior spaces.
- The church of Sant Esteve: this is a 13th century Romanesque church with Gothic and Baroque elements. Its bell tower and its doorway decorated with human and animal figures stand out.
- The Walls and Towers: Peratallada conserves a large part of its medieval walls and several defensive towers that can be visited.
- The Streets and Squares: the town has numerous cobbled streets, squares and charming corners, such as the Plaça Major, the Plaça del Fossar and the Carrer del Call.
- The Museum of the History of Peratallada: located in a 17th century noble house, this museum allows visitors to learn about the history and heritage of Peratallada through its exhibitions.
- La Fira de les Herbes de Peratallada: held every spring, this fair is dedicated to medicinal herbs. Workshops are organised to teach traditional remedies. A market is held in the square where you can buy herbs and ointments, as well as local food and craft products.
- Local festivals and popular activities: The first week of August Peratallada celebrates its main festival. Throughout the year you can enjoy different festivals and fairs that you can consult on the Peratallada town council website.
In addition to these visits, Peratallada is an ideal place for strolling, shopping and enjoying the local gastronomy and rural tourism in the Baix Empordà region. Camping La Sirena, in l’Estartit, is ideally located for planning excursions and enjoying the surroundings.