In earlier times an extended swampy area surrounded Pals. For a long time the area has been dry, but the name persists from its original condition from the Latin (palus = sump). The oldest surviving documents indicate that Pals was established in the 9th century, but in all probability Pals is probably substantially older. The small picturesque town lies on the hill Puig Aspere and approximately 2000 inhabitants live full-time within the municipality. The "Fiesta Mayor" takes place during the first week in August and each Saturday there is a flea market.

The restoration of the medieval town centre, after the enormous damage resulting from the Spanish civil war, lasted over 3 decades and was substantially completed by 1980. Today Pals is heralded as an excellent example of city restoration. Sometimes critical contemporaries have thought that the restoration was "too perfect." But, we wholeheartedly recommend a visit. In addition there are a number of less "perfectly restored" villages that are also worth visiting in the area around Pals.

It is difficult for the visitor to Pals to find a place where the eye does not look upon something aesthetically pleasing. The attractiveness of Pals does encourage a large number of tourists daily so if you can schedule your visit to a weekday the enjoyment will be enhanced. So, too, is a visit in beautiful weather because of the view of the plain is another attraction.

The houses are all built, or at least covered with the soft sandstone (Pedró), characteristic of the area, and give the historical quarter its name Pedró. Many of the houses are constantly inhabited, others serve as a second residence, and some of them have the flair of a small palace.

Driving a car is not permitted within the centre of town. The only exceptions are for suppliers and neighbours. One must park the car out of town and explore Pals by foot. Since the place lies on a hill the roads rise relatively steeply. To that extent Pals may not be suited for visitors who are not comfortable walking up short steep inclines.

The village is dominated of the church Sant Pere that originates from the year 944. The church has been changed so many times in the course of the time that it is now an amalgam of roman, gothic and baroque styles. Located even higher than the church is the former bell tower "Torre des hores" (tower of the hours) which rises into the sky as the only remnant of a castle from the 11 and 12 century.

Only few kilometres from Pals, at the coast, is the beach settlement "Platja de Pals." The beach development only dates back to the beginning of tourists attracted to our area. At one of the most beautiful sand beaches of the Costa Brava stand mansions, smaller apartment complexes, some hotels, four camping sites and two golf courses.

Although there is no actual city centre in Platja de Pals there are sufficient opportunities to make daily purchases. The hotels are all first class, as are most of the holiday houses or flat lets for rent. Also, the camping sites offer elevated ambience with swimming pools and sports facilities. Some rent small bungalows as a relatively low-priced alternative to the hotels or vacation homes.

Strand "platja de Pals"  

The two golf courses of Pals rank among the most well-known of the country, the golf Platja de Pals opened in the year 1968 as the first golf course of Spain. There are also accommodations in form of a hotel and an apartment complex, which is near at the beach. Guests receive a 30% reduction for "green fees" at the golf course.

Attendance at a medieval small town is usually a must for visitors of the Empordá. For a longer lasting, classical vacation one should consider staying at the area near the "Platja de Pals." It offers an extensive array of first class amenities that makes it a simple decision to sojourn here.

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