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Pals

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

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The town of Pals now extends over 3 different territories: Pals, the Masos de Pals, and Pals Beach. The region we shall be describing in detail is Pals, a small typical Empordŕ village. This medieval town sits at the summit of the hill that overlooks the hinterland and will take you on a journey through 10 centuries of history. The first documents that mention the existence of the village date back to the 9th century. The magnificent Gothic enclosure was one of the first of its kind to be fully restored and the town received many awards for this effort. The renovation work is relatively recent; it dates from the 50s. This is partly due to the fact that Pals was entirely destroyed by Franco's bombs during the 1936-1939 civil war, and the project was made possible thanks to the efforts of Doctor Pi i Figueras, aided by the then-mayor, Father Servia i Canto.

Nowadays, Pals is a village with undisputable charm that is sure to please visitors of all ages. The sights one shouldn't miss are the House of Culture Museum (that dates from the 15th century and houses the archaeology museum and a cellar with the best wines of the region), the fortifications (dating from the 12th century and affording one of the nicest views of the coast), the 9th century castle, and the Plaza Mayor. It's the perfect place to act out your Middle Ages knight fantasies.

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