Pals is one of the most charming medieval towns on the Costa Brava. Located on the top of a mountain, it was built around a fortress and still retains its wonderful medieval spirit.
Gastronomic and cultural events are organised all year round in Pals: the traditional rice sowing, Sardana dance (traditional of Catalonia) and Habanera (sea shanties brought back by Catalan sailors from Cuba) auditions, town festivals, the White Summer Festival and much more.
Pals forms part of the Baix Empordà and is considered one of the most beautiful towns on the Costa Brava. You can enjoy walks through the narrow streets of the medieval town of Pals, visit its main square, Plaça Major; the Ca la Pruna cultural House-Museum; Sant Pere Church; the Torre de les Hores (Lit. Tower of the Hours) and the Josep Pla Viewpoint.
Pals forms part of Playa de Pals, a long sandy beach that is divided into two sectors: Playa Grande and Playa de Grau. It is part of the Montgrí and Medes Islands Natural Park, an archipelago located in the Mediterranean Sea. The park can also be visited.
You’ll also find the Es Racó and Illa Roja beaches nearby. Following the Camino de Ronda coastal path, you can reach the cove of Sa Riera, in Begur. The characteristics of this area allow you to do sports such as hiking, cycling and various types of water sports.
Near Pals you’ll find the main attractions to enjoy with the family: walking or cycling along the sand dune path next to Pals beach, going on an excursion on the “Xiulet de Pals” (Pals’ Whistle) train, cycling through the rice paddies, taking a stroll around the medieval town of Pals or experiencing an adventure in the Costa Brava Adventure Park.
Pals beach is an ideal place to do water sports such as surfing, windsurfing or kitesurfing as well as being popular with those who love sailing.
You can also enjoy diving or snorkelling there. Don’t hesitate to ask us for more information!
Pals has a rich cultural heritage; you’ll be able to enjoy the perfect combination of its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles. Some places not to be missed include a visit to Ca la Pruna, a 15th-century fortified house which has been converted into the modern day Culture Centre; Plaça Major, the main square which is home to the Tourist Office and the Town Hall; the Torre de les Hores (Lit. Tower of the Hours), a 15-metre-high Romanesque tower that dates back to the 11th-12th century.
In Pals you can also learn about its rice fields.
Just 10 km away from Pals is the medieval town of Peratallada, one of the most visited towns on the Costa Brava. It has been declared a Historical-Artistic Site as it is a town with one of the best-preserved medieval architecture in Catalonia.
The historical city of Girona, by the river Onyar, is only 45 km from Pals.
You can travel back in time over more than two thousand years of history by visiting two fortified enclosures: the Força Vella (Wall) and the large medieval district.
A visit to the Santa Maria Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, the Arab Baths, the Sant Pere de Galligants Monastery, the Girona’s Rambla and the views of the houses along the Onyar River from the famous iron bridge built by Gustav Eiffel in 1877 are not to be missed.
The rice gastronomy campaign is celebrated in Pals in the Spring; then, in the summer, the traditional rice sowing time arrives with the “Planta’t a Pals” season and during the summer months you can enjoy the Sardana dances (traditional dances of Catalonia) and Habaneras (sea shanties brought back by Catalan sailors from Cuba), the Night of the Candles, the White Summer Festival, the Pals Wine Fair with wine exhibitions and tasting sessions, the main town festival of Pals and Playa de Pals beach as well as the main festival of the town of Els Masos de Pals. Finally, in October, the time of the traditional rice harvest arrives.
The Pals Market is organised every Tuesday from 08:00 - 13:00; there you can find basic products from our Catalan gastronomy (fruit, vegetables, oils, cheeses...), plants, vegetable and fruit seedlings, clothes, accessories and much more.
On Saturdays the Pals flea market is also organised in the town centre.
The Pals Town Festival is held during the month of August and various activities are organised for the event. In particular, obras de teatro, los conciertos de fiesta mayor, el oficio solemne de fiesta mayor y eventos típicos catalanes como la cantada de habaneras y los conciertos de sardanas.
The traditional sowing of the rice is carried out in the municipality of Pals during the month of June. The local farmers offer the public a demonstration of the manual rice sowing process with their feet submerged in the water. The rice sown in June is harvested in October.
The rice sowing tradition in Pals is a recommended activity for the whole family.
The night of the candles is the most magical night in Pals! It is held in July and the old town of Pals is transformed into a show of candle lights, music, dance and fine cuisine. All the street lights in the old town are turned off so that those attending can enjoy a unique experience.