Peratallada, province of Girona,Spagna
This is the story of a journey made on a very hot summer day. We are in Catalonia, in the province of Girona, in the Baix Empordà area. We had the sea very close but the chaotic traffic to the coast, made us decide to go in another direction. So, we discovered this little village in the backcountry, also frequented by “hit and run” tourists.
Just outside the village we notice the wonderful Romanesque church of Santo Stefano, with its bright facade, and on top a strange - but common in the whole region - perforated bell tower. All around, there is only sky.
A view on the emptiness is also the Portal de la Virgen, the only one of the ancient doors of access, remained in the walls of Peratallada. The fortifications, among the most important of Catalonia, included three city walls with towers and moats dug in the stones. The element that immediately catches the attention in the village is the tower of the Homenaje, with its squared merlon, survived with another three towers.
But you’re wrong if you think you’ll only see towers, moats, broken and city walls. This village today has a kind looking, because of the pale stone that almost crumbles in the sun, creating a golden dust which makes you think about some corners in Africa. Maybe you will remind Morocco in front of a large ocher building, enclosed by a wall, with fountain and a palm tree.
Peratallada is gentle also for the plants and flowers arranged by the inhabitants along the cobbled streets: hydrangea gardens are singing in the Mediterranean dim light. In Carrer de la Roca, the stones could be counted one by one. Plaça Major is another of those places you’ll never ever forget. Flanked by colonnades, it offers , in the variety of arches and windows, a compendium of regional Gothic style.