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"Make sure to visit...” " The 10 essential activities in La Pera.

Discover the beautiful historic heritage

Experience the history
An ideal place to discover all the nooks and crannies and to submerge yourself into the history that has made time stand still in the diverse, magnificent buildings.

• VISIT LASTS: 2 hours
• DON'T MISS: The guided trip to the Gala-Dalí Castle
• SUITABLE FOR:
Those who love the mediaeval period
• TO BEAR IN MIND: You can visit the inside of the churches when mass is held: in La Pera, Sundays at 11:00; in Púbol, the third Sunday of each month at 11:00 (the day on which mass is held in Púbol, it is not held in La Pera). In the case of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà, you can ask for the key at the manor house next door, Can Solés.

Origin

La Pera is a small municipality consisting of four small nuclei: La Pera, Púbol, Pedrinyà and Riuràs, all of which have an Empordà and a mediaeval character.
It is believed that the origin of the three names of the nuclei of La Pera (La Pera, Púbol and Pedrinyà) come from different forms of the word “pedra”, meaning stone. Stone is clearly very significant in these villages! The territory contains the north-eastern foothills of Les Gavarres Massif, and the villages raised up on small hills, cobbled streets, and stone castles, fortifications and manor houses characterise the architectural development of the Empordà region in mediaeval times.
This is an ideal place to discover all the nooks and crannies and to submerge yourself into the history that has made time stand still in the diverse, magnificent buildings. Discover remote Romanesque churches, charming family homes, ancient walls and fortifications. This world is still alive in La Pera!

Memories of yesterday

La Pera has four churches and several mediaeval buildings from a highly prosperous period, such as Púbol Castle. In addition, the municipality still preserves romantic reminders of the past, such as the shape of the main squares, the narrow alleys, the stone façades and the old wash houses. There is one in Riuràs that used to serve to water the surrounding allotments, and another in the Plaça Major or main square of Púbol.
It is worthwhile taking time to stroll around and discover places that you don't see at first sight. In La Pera, one of these is the Placeta del Frontó, behind the church. Traditionally, more than 50 years ago, people went to play pelota there after Sunday mass.

Don't miss one of the most important attractions on the Costa Brava: the Gala-Dalí Castle

In 1969, Salvador Dalí bought this castle for his muse, Gala. He himself redesigned and decorated the castle to create the work of art it is today. Gala lived there between 1970 and 1980. The passage of time transformed it into Salvador Dalí's last workshop, between 1982 and 1984, and into the mausoleum for his muse, who died on the 10th of June 1982. Dalí, who died some years later, was buried in the Dalí Museum in Figueres. Legend has it that Gala continues to wait for him.
If you would like to visit the inside, Púbol Castle is managed by the Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí

Romanesque and Gothic churches

One of the most surprising features for visitors is that of discovering that the little, remote churches, off the tourist circuit, are particularly charming.
In La Pera, the church of Sant Isidor is from the Gothic-Renaissance period (17th century), as is the chapel of Sant Rafael in Riuràs (17th century). The church of Sant Pere de Púbol is earlier, in Gothic style and from the 14th century. In Pedrinyà, however, there is one of the most significant examples of Romanesque architecture in the Empordà: the church of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà (11th-12th centuries).
 

Púbol


Púbol Castle
A three-storey building constructed around a tall, narrow courtyard, makes up an indissoluble unit with the church and, together with the attached garden, initially with a French style layout, it dominates the surrounding countryside. Mentioned as early as the 11th century, the current basic structure dates from the period of maximum splendour for the barony: the second half of the 14th century and the early 15th century. The Gothic-Renaissance features of the façade that overlooks the central courtyard are notable. The walls created an enclosure to the west of the castle and the church and are currently integrated into the old buildings.
Today, the Castle enables you to discover a mediaeval building in which, after his arrival in 1969, Salvador Dalí carried out an overwhelming creative effort for one person: Gala and for one function: a suitable place for his wife to rest and get away from it all. The passage of time transformed it into Salvador Dalí's last workshop, between 1982 and 1984, and into the mausoleum for his muse.
 
Church of Sant Pere de Púbol
The church of Sant Pere was built as the church for the castle of the barony of Púbol, but now it is the parish church.
Built between 1327 and 1341, it is in Gothic style. The Baron of Púbol, Bernat de Corbera, commissioned an altarpiece dedicated to Sant Pere on 6th of July 1437. It is one of the most important pieces of Catalan Gothic art.
 
Sant Pere Altarpiece
The church currently has a photographic full size reproduction of the Sant Pere altarpiece, which remained in the church from the time it was created in 1439 until the Spanish Civil War (1936) when it was taken to Girona Cathedral. The original is currently preserved in the Museu d’Art de Girona.
The altarpiece was created by Bernat Martorell, one of the greatest pictorial exponents of Catalan Gothic art (15th century), and represents scenes from the life of St Peter. In the centre, you can see St Peter sitting on his throne, with the keys to heaven, several scenes of his life, and at his feet, kneeling, the Baron and the Baroness of Púbol, Bernat de Corbera and Margarida de Campllong, and their son Francesc, who are portrayed along with the coat of arms with the Corbera raven.
 
The Plaça Major
The Plaça Major or town square is a delightful area with a public wash house and a stone bench for the cobla (the music ensemble that accompanies Sardana dancing), and is surrounded by Gothic-Renaissance buildings. Particularly worthy of a mention is the building of Can Carles, which is just after the square, coming in along Carrer Major. Can Carles manor house, outside the town walls, and constructed in the 14th or 15th century, has a Gothic façade and a voussoir portal. Another example is Ca l’Almar, in the southern side of the square. This is a large unfinished 17th century manor home with a Renaissance style door on the terrace of the first floor (the Almar family were Notary Public's from the 16th century and later the mayors of the barony). Another manor home worthy of a mention is Can Canada, a large house from the 17th and 18th centuries, which is notable for its covered corridor under which one can go up to the castle.
 

La Pera


Church of Sant Isidor de La Pera
The church of Sant Isidor de La Pera is in Gothic-Renaissance style (17th century), built on a former 10th-century church, and with a smooth façade, modified after the Spanish Civil War. Its apse is semi decagonal and its interior is Gothic.
The martyrs Germà, Just, Paulí and Sisi are also venerated here who, according to a deeply-rooted tradition, were from the village and were martyred in Girona. 
 
The Plaça del Frontó
When strolling through La Pera, you will come to this special place: the Placeta del Frontó. For a long time, this place was extremely popular. During the first half of the 20th century, the inhabitants of La Pera played pelota here after Sunday mass.
From here, you get an impressive view of the Gothic bell tower of the church of Sant Isidor and of its set of sculpted gargoyles.
If you walk behind the church to the Carrer de les Roques, a few metres from the apse, on a rocky base, there could be remains of the wall of the former La Pera Castle, mentioned in 1273. There is a large fragment of wall, made with large stones that have not been squared, and with corners of ashlars. Experts state that the position of the castle was where the town hall currently stands.
 

Pedrinyà

 
Church of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà
The Church of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà is a Romanesque building from the 11th and 12th centuries. During its restoration in 1975-76, the original sacristy was knocked down and other reforms were made. This is one of the most important churches in terms of Empordà Romanesque art. The Romanesque mural paintings that decorated the wall and the vault of the presbytery can be found today in the Museu d’Art de Girona.
Enjoy the tranquillity and silence of this place!

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