Avinyonet de Puigventós, Spain
Avinyonet de Puigventós
Avinyonet de Puigventós is a historic little village in the heart of the county of Alt Empordà in the province of Girona, with just 400 inhabitants. Across the road from Mas Camins you can travel back in time as you stroll through the narrow streets of old stone houses leading to the defense tower, which also houses Saint Stephen's church. Village social life revolves around the bar-restaurant 200m from the house, where the shady terrace is ideal for lazy afternoons and fun evenings. There are several peaceful routes for walkers and cyclists through the surrounding countryside, against the constant backdrop of the Pyrenees in the distance.
Mas Camins is just 5km from Figueres, the county town of Alt Empordà. More significantly, Figueres was the surrealist artist Salvador Dalí 's birthplace and houses the Dalí Theatre-Museum, designed by Dalí himself, which you just can't afford to miss during your stay with us. It's best to book your tickets online in advance to avoid long queues. Figueres also has a pleasant pedestrian shopping area and a busy food market on Thursday mornings. This is the place to go for dinner in the evenings, with a great choice of restaurants, from Michelin stars to tapas bars. We'll be happy to advise you and make bookings.
Castell de Llers, Pujada Castell, Llers, Spain
Castell de Llers
Castell de Llers is a fortress in the municipality of Llers (Alt Empordà) declared a cultural asset of national interest.
Llers, which in the Middle Ages was a border square between the county of Besalú and the one of Empuries, has been a strategic point since ancient times, and its strategic importance is one of the probable reasons for the construction of the castle in this place. The castle of Llers, along with the other eleven castles that depended on it, formed a defensive network of great importance.
Sant Llorenç de la Muga, Spain
Sant Llorenç de la Muga
San Llorenç de la Muga is a delightful medieval village just 20 minutes' drive from Mas Camins. It's very pleasant to stroll through its narrow streets, climbing the watch-towers on the old walls, and observing the gardens and vegetable plots with their system of irrigation channels along the way. You can walk along the side of the River Muga and cross a bridge to climb up to a watch-tower with breath-taking views over the plain of the Empordà. You can round off the visit by walking downriver to the nearby Boadella reservoir (or drive there if time is short).
A visit to Cadaqués is another must while you're with us. This stunning white village nestles surrounded on one side by mountains and on the other by the sea. Apart from the village itself, also worth a visit is Dalí's House in nearby Port Lligat (it's essential to book online in advance), going on afterwards to the Cap de Creus headland, where you'll find the light, cloud and rock formations that inspired much of his work. This area gets very crowded in summer and is best visited early in the day. Off-season the atmosphere is more laid-back and there are two breath-taking walks to the lighthouses north and south of the village.
Banyoles is a half-hour drive from Mas Camins inland through lush green countryside. The town is famous for its beautiful lake (follow signs to the "estany"), where the rowing events in the 1992 Olympics took place. You can walk or cycle around the lake, have a drink or meal on the jetty as you watch swimmers and rowers gliding through the water, or go for a swim yourself. This peaceful place contrasts sharply with the bustling coastal towns in summer.