Mas Camins stands at the entrance to the charming little village of Avinyonet de Puigventós, in the heart of the Alt Empordà county. The natural surroundings of the Garriga d'Empordà delight the senses with the aromatic fragrances of rosemary, thyme and lavender, the ancient beauty of the olive groves, the vineyards and the fields of crops. And, in the distance, the majestic backdrop of the Pyrenees.
This privileged area is off the beaten track, yet close to all the places that you'll want to visit, making it the ideal place for a getaway break . Come here to relax and unwind with the slow pace of life in a genuine village where visitors are given a warm welcome.
Mas Camins' geographical location makes it an ideal base for exploring the region . We are within easy reach of the Costa Brava (Cadaqués, Roses, El Port de la Selva, Llança…), towns and cities like Girona (30 mins.), Figueres (5 mins.), Banyoles, Besalú, Olot and even Barcelona (50 mins. by high-speed train). There are several Natural Parks to explore nearby: Cap de Creus, the Garrotxa Volcanic Area and the Albera mountains provide breath-taking scenery and are great for walkers, while the wetlands of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park are a paradise for birdwatchers. The long list of other places worth visiting includes the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, and the numerous picturesque villages and beautiful scenery of the Alt Empordà and Baix Empordà counties.
The area’s natural beauty and mild climate make it the ideal setting for a spectacular array of sports and leisure activities with excellent facilities, ranging from first-rate golf courses, road cycling, gravel and mountain biking, hiking, trail running, kayaking and open-water swimming to sky diving, scuba diving and sailing. We’re sports fans ourselves and we’re always pleased to help guests with routes, bookings and gear hire.
Culture is also a big attraction, whether tracing Salvador Dalí’s footsteps through the three museums in the Dalí Triangle (we’re just 10 mins. from the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres), viewing art galleries in Cadaqués, visiting the Greek-Roman remains in Empúries, or exploring the Jewish quarter in Besalú or Girona’s old town.
The province of Girona is also renowned for its delicious food and wine . It is home to the D.O. Empordà Wine Route, with over 50 wineries making mostly organic wine with local varieties of grapes. You can taste their wines at the wineries themselves or at any of the enormous variety of restaurants throughout the region to accompany the delicious, locally-sourced, seasonal cuisine. We like to welcome our guests with a glass of wine from one of the local wineries, and we can easily arrange a wine-tasting visit for you. Gourmet food lovers are amply catered for with 13 Michelin stars in the province at present, and a strong interest in innovative cuisine inspired by such internationally acclaimed chefs as Ferran Adrià and the Roca brothers.
The Bay of Roses is listed among the most beautiful bays in the world. It comprises the long sandy beaches of Roses, Castelló d'Empúries-Empuriabrava, Sant Pere Pescador and L'Escala. There are sand dunes on the beaches of the Aiguamolls del Empordà Natural Park. And if you're on holiday with your pet we recommend a visit to La Rubina beach, a paradise for dogs!
Another great way to explore the Costa Brava is by walking along the Camí de Ronda coastal paths. They'll take you along cliffs, through pine forests, from one seaside village to another, hugging the coastline and amazing you with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Alt Empordà and the surrounding region have been inhabited since time immemorial. The Albera mountain range is scattered with dolmens and menhirs, some of which are easy to reach. And the medieval past lives on in picturesque villages, including ours, Avinyonet de Puigventós, where the Knights Templar established a defense tower in the Middle Ages. The ruins of the castle can be visited at any time and the church, which was inside the defense tower, is open during mass.
These are the medieval villages closest to Mas Camins, within half an hour's drive, but in fact almost all the villages in the Alt Empordà have at least one Romanesque church or chapel and they are all pretty enough to make it worth taking the time to explore their streets and squares.
If you like nature you'll love this beautiful region. It has numerous natural parks and protected areas, all within easy reach of Mas Camins. Most of the places that we recommend here are within half an hour's drive of Mas Camins.
Our village, Avinyonet de Puigventós, lies in an area called the Garriga d'Empordà, where the Empordà plain gives way to the mountains. This hidden gem of Mediterranean landscape conceals an exceptional architectural heritage of dry stone constructions in the form of walls, terraces and huts.