Vilanova Street (Monells, Catalonia)
This photo is from my last visit to Monells, a medieval town in the comarca (county) of the Baix Empordà, not far from Girona in the North-Est of Catalonia. It is a small village but walking across the cobbled streets you can feel like you get a few centuries back in time.
Vilanova street was mostly constructed during the XVII and XVIII centuries when a lot of houses were built on the top of the city walls remains defining the current city layout; in many houses you will find date inscription stones referring to that period. In fact, Monell’s streets and squares are an example of the architectonic evolution throw different ages. Besides this newer houses, you can find parts of the roman walls and the ancient defense towers. And the “Plaça de l’Oli” (Olive Square) and the “Carrer dels Arcs” (Arches Street) are from the Gothic period.
I got there after a long morning visiting Peratallada and Pals. Monells was not part of the original plan but I’m happy for this last minute change. If you are planning a trip to Girona or the Costa Brava reserve time for a day trip to these villages and if you don’t get so tired you will also have time to visit the nearby Madremanya, Palau-Sator, or the Iberian City of Ullastret. Have you ever been in this area? Which is your favorite town?