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 Dalí Triangle

Figueres is the bustling capital of the Alt Empordà county. It is a cosmopolitan commercial city. The main avenue, known as La Rambla, with its centuries-old trees, marks the centre and the streets leading off it are full of shops and restaurants to explore. Don't miss the colorful fruit and vegetable market every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. There are numerous guided tours to follow and the local Tourist Information Office will be pleased to provide you with any information that you might need.


The famous Dalí Triangle is formed by the towns of Figueres, Cadaqués and Púbol. Figueres, just 5 minutes from Mas Camins, is home to the Dalí Theatre-Museum, a former theatre converted into the great artist Salvador Dalí's biggest and most important work. He personally supervised its building and decoration. Don't miss the collection of jewelry designed by Dalí in the building next door.

The Dalí Museum

Sant Ferran Castle is 800 m from the main avenue La Rambla. It is the largest fortress in Europe and was built in the 18th century.

Sant Ferran Castle

Cadaqués still looks very much like a fishing village. The sea and boats have always played an important role in village life and, in fact, Cadaqués was not connected by road to the rest of the region until the 20th century. Have a stroll through the picturesque cobbled streets, with their white-washed houses and flowers. You'll find plenty of good restaurants, art galleries and local artisans' shops.


Cadaqués is about 30 km from Mas Camins. As a child, salvador Dalí spent the summers there with his family, and later on, with Gala, he bought several fishermen's huts in Portlligat to make their summer house, where they invited their famous friends to stay with them. You can visit Dalí's house, with previous booking.

Salvador Dalí's House

The Castle of Púbol was a gift from Dalí to his wife Gala. It's said that he could only go to the castle by invitation from Gala. Púbol is a small medieval village in the neighbouring county of Baix Empordà, about 40 minutes from Mas Camins. 

Castle of Púbol


Mas Camins is a great base for exploring the huge variety of different beaches that the area has to offer. And most of them are just half an hour's drive from the house! Our beaches range from wild and unspoiled to urban, from long beaches with all possible services to remote, intimate coves. In Llançà, Cadaqués and El Port de la Selva you'll find small sandy or pebble beaches, surrounded by rocky cliffs, embodying the Costa Brava at its wildest.



El Port de la Selva

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.


Sant Pere Pescador

La Rubina beach for dogs

Costa Brava

Medieval Villages

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.


14 km 

Sant Llorenç de la Muga

18 km 

Castelló d'Empúries

18 km 


20 km 

Natural Parks

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.

Aiguamolls de l'Empordà Natural Park

The Aiguamolls de l'Empordà are one of the principal wetlands in Catalonia. They are situated in the Empordà plain, between the mouth of the Fluvià and Muga rivers, in an area characterized by today's riverbeds, the old mouths of the rivers and the canal and  irrigation systems for the crops that have historically grown in this place with its abundance of fresh water. It is a birdwatcher's paradise.

Cap de Creus Natural Park

The peninsula of Cap de Creus marks the point where the foothills of the Pyrenees finally meet the sea. It is also the most eastern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The coastline is abrupt and rugged with stunning cliffs and hidden coves. Created in 1998, it is the first marine-terrestrial natural park in Catalonia.

The Alta Garrotxa Protected Area

The Alta Garrotxa is one of the most important natural areas in the foothills of the eastern Pyrenees, thanks to the diversity and beauty of its landscape. The area's isolation and wildness have given rise to a rich, diverse wildlife. It's a great place to go hiking and there are over 40 Romanesque chapels in the area, in addition to the hilltop Sanctuary of Mare de Diu del Mont.

La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park

This is the best example of volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula. Don't miss the stunning Fageda d'en Jordà beech forest, the Santa Margarida volcano with its Romanesque chapel in the crater and the medieval village of Santa Pau. 

The D.O. Empordà Wine Route

Montgrí, Medes Islands and Baix Ter Natural Park

Exploring the seabed surrounding the Medes Islands is like going back in time to discover the wildlife, flora and landscape of a stable, integral ecosystem. The Montgrí is a unique natural site, where mankind has left its mark with an amazing cultural heritage.