Pals

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Pals
Municipality
Pals.JPG
Flag of Pals
Flag
Coat of arms of Pals
Coat of arms
Pals is located in Catalonia
Pals
Pals
Location in Catalonia
Coordinates: 41°58′18″N 3°9′0″E / 41.97167°N 3.15000°E / 41.97167; 3.15000
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Catalonia
Province Girona
Comarca Baix Empordà
Government
 • Mayor Sílvia Monar (ERC)
Area
 • Total 25.81 km2 (9.97 sq mi)
Elevation 55 m (180 ft)
Population (2009)
 • Total 2,799
 • Density 110/km2 (280/sq mi)
Demonym Palsencs/Palsenques
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 17124
Website Official website

Pals is a medieval town in Catalonia, northern Spain a few kilometres from the sea in the heart of the Bay of Emporda on the Costa Brava. It lies on the C31 Palafrugell-L'Estartit road.

Main sights[edit]

Pals has a historic centre on a hill surrounded by plains with a medieval Romanesque tower built between the 11th and 13th centuries, known as the Torre de les Hores (Tower of the Hours). A clock tower, it is 15 metres (49 ft) high.[1]

The Gothic Quarter of the town has been substantially restored and there are cobbled streets interrupted by semicircular arches, façades with pointed arched windows and stone balconies. The town wall contains four square towers which date from the 4th century. The Josep Pla viewpoint (from which can be seen the fields of Empordà and the Medes Islands), the Plaça Major, the tombs in the Carrer Major and the Romanesque church of Sant Pere are other features of the town.[2] There is an archaeology museum.

On the edge of the main town is Masos de Pals, which has a thriving urban centre and is popular as a location for holiday homes. Platja de Pals ("Pals' Beach") is also a popular holiday location.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pals". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ Spain Green Guide Michelin 2012-2013. Michelin. 1 January 2012. p. 410. ISBN 978-2-06-718252-3.