Historical heritage

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Sant Pere de Rodes

The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes rises on one of the peaks of the Rodes hills, a chain on the seafront north of Alt Empordà. It is one of the many witnesses of Catalan romanesque architecture, but perhaps one of the most architecturally sophisticated.

From Portbou, 40 minutes by car.

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Verdera Castle

Near the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, a first construction is mentioned in 904 as "castrum quod dicunt Verdaria". In 1283, Count Ponç Hug d'Empordà ordered the construction of a castle. The Verdera Castle was under the hands of the counts of Empúries, with numerous discords with the abbey of Sant Pere.

From Portbou, 40 minutes by car.


Cathedral of Castelló d'Empúries

The cathedral of Santa Maria de Castelló is an imposing gothic church located in the old capital of the county of Empúries. Due to its size, it has become one of the most outstanding temples in the north-eastern counties. It was built on top of an old romanesque church of which there are some remains.

From Portbou, 36 minutes by car.

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Elna's Maternity

Elna Maternity was an initiative promoted by the swiss nurse Elisabeth Eidenbenz with the aim of helping pregnant women refugees from the Spanish Civil War.

From Portbou, 50 minutes by car.


Elna Cathedral

The Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia and Santa Júlia d'Elna is a romanesque temple built between the 11th and 13th centuries with some gothic elements and an impressive cloister. In its heyday it was the seat of the bishopric of Elna.

From Portbou, 50 minutes by car.


Palace of the Kings of Mallorca

This building was the residence of King Jaume III, in the 13th century, when Perpignan was the capital of the Kingdom of Mallorca. On his death, the Kingdom of Mallorca rejoined the Crown of Aragon, reversing the partition made by his grandfather, Jaume I, the Conqueror.

From Portbou, 1 hour by car.


Salses Castle

Salses Castle is the northernmost fortress in the Catalan Countries. The first construction dates from the 11th century but the current one was built in the 16th century in an attempt to resist the onslaught of the French army.

From Portbou, 1 hour and 45 minutes by car.



The archaeological site of Empúries has been essential in answering questions about our history. A legacy of answers still alive, because the whole delimitation has not been totally excavated. Empúries is a gift of history.

55 minutes by car from Portbou.



Peratallada forms a medieval historical ensemble with great interest. Mainly because it allows the visitor to walk the streets and squares as if he did it eight hundred years ago. The architectural ensemble has remained unchanged over time.

1 hour and 5 minutes by car from Portbou.

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Citadel of Roses

Citadel of Roses is a Cultural Asset of National Interest and an archaeological site in continuous research where you can enjoy a complete signposted itinerary and learn about the different historical occupations of the place through the preserved remains of the s. IV BC, date of the founding of the Greek colony of Rhode, until the s. XX.

35 minutes by car from Portbou.


Sant Quirze de Colera

Sant Quirze de Colera is a magnificent benedictine abbey with romanesque and pre-romanesque elements, begun in the 10th century. The complex consists of a basilica, a cloister, some old houses and remains of a wall.

40 minutes by car from Portbou.


Quermançó Castle

Quermançó is a cliff fortification located in the current town of Vilajuïga, a couple of kilometers from the village. The first construction dates from the 10th century and in the time of Pons I of Empúries was the custodian of the county's diplomatic archive.

15 minutes by train plus 20 minutes by walk from Portbou or 25 minutes by car from Portbou.

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Santa Maria de Portbou

Neo-Gothic church built by the railway company itself from 1878, at a time when a century of future was being considered - and would be fulfilled - around the train and its world of business and services.

5 minuts a peu des de l'hostal.


Portbou railway station

It is an impressive construction that is only understood in the context of a frantic cross-border activity for almost a century. The inauguration of the station, in 1878, and its reconstruction with its current appearance, in 1929, meant a definitive change in the chances of Portbou.

5 minutes walk from the hostel


Iberian city of Ullastret

The Iberian city of Ullastret is the largest Iberian settlement discovered to date in Catalonia. Flanked by imposing walls, it was the capital of the whole Indica territory, which it exploited agriculture, livestock, mines and quarries.

1 hour drive from Portbou.