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Torroella de Montgrí

Torroella de Montgrí is a former royal town located at the foot of the calcareous Montgrí Massif, surrounded by crop fields and vegetable gardens irrigated by the final stretches of the River Ter.

Torroella de Montgrí is a town in the Baix Empordà county, situated at the foot of the Montgrí Massif (302 m), 6 km from the coast and very near the River Ter that irrigates the surrounding plain. The climate is mild, with a mean annual temperature of 14.8 ºC, averaging 8.8 ºC in January and 22.5 ºC in July. The main sources of wealth are agriculture, on the fertile plain lands, and commerce, as evidenced by the lively Monday morning market. Workshops and small businesses account for industrial activity of the area.

Torroella de Montgrí is a town in the Baix Empordà county, situated at the foot of the Montgrí Massif (302 m), 6 km from the coast and very near the River Ter that irrigates the surrounding plain. The climate is mild, with a mean annual temperature of 14.8 ºC, averaging 8.8 ºC in January and 22.5 ºC in July. The main sources of wealth are agriculture, on the fertile plain lands, and commerce, as evidenced by the lively Monday morning market. Workshops and small businesses account for industrial activity of the area. Although not a tourist town as such, Torroella has a lot to offer visitors who wish to discover a traditional Empordà market town. An excellent programme of cultural events throughout the year attracts visitors and local residents alike.


Torroella is an ideal place to stroll around and discover traces from the past that tell the history of the town. The original layout of the town dates from 1273 and can still be seen in the regular grid of streets that converge onto the main square. Carrer d´Ullà, Carrer Primitiu Artigas, Carrer Major and Carrer de l´Església are the four main streets that lead onto the gracefully porticoed Plaça de la Vila, a starting place for first time visitors to Torroella. By standing under each of the irregularly shaped arches in turn, the visitor will perceive curious different perspectives on the square.

To stroll around Torroella is to stroll back in time. Look out for the remains of the old town walls: Santa Caterina gate and the Torre de les Bruixes; the gothic church of Sant Genís and the Montgrí Castle, small 11th century treasures; the 16th-17th century Casa Pastors and Casa del Metge on Carrer Major; and finally, the colonial houses built by successful emigrants returning from the Americas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

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