EL PORT DE LA SELVA is the meeting point within the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava

El Port de la Selva is an exclusive village on the Costa Brava, located in the Cap de Creus Natural Park.

Port de la Selva retains its small fishing seaside village charm, with a large number of monuments and archaeological remains. You can find the medieval site of the Sierra de Rodes monastery composed of Sant Pere de Rodes, the castle of Sant Salvador (XIII century), the church of Santa Elena and the ruins of the village of Santa Creu.

El Port de la Selva is part of the Natural Park of Cabo de Creus, has a variety of landscapes due to the mountainous surroundings, the many coves “calas” and the bay on which the town is located. The village offers all types of establishment shops, restaurants and activity centers.

What you must see and do in El Port de la Selva?

Swim in wild and secluded coves, here you will find some of the best beaches on the Costa Brava, Catalonia.

Visit the village, houses are crowded into the hillside overlooking the sea. Walk its narrow cobbled streets and find the church of Santa Maria de les Neus. At the top of the village you can enjoy spectacular views of the Bay of Cap de Creus.

Practicing windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, diving, sailing or renting a boat at Port de la Selva is highly recommended. The seabed in the area is abundant in wildlife and remains in perfect condition.

Visit the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, a Catalan Romanesque monument declared of National Interest. This large monument is located atop the Sierra de Rodes overlooking the sea.

Trek the different paths for some spectacular views of the entire coastline of the Alt Empordà.

Enjoy the tranquility of the village and visit the nearby towns like Cadaqués, Roses and Empuriabrava on the coast. Don’t forget Figueres, the capital of the region, known for the Salvador Dali Museum.

BEACHES IN PORT DE LA SELVA

The village has a sandy beach with free parking area.It also counts with access for disabled.

The sandy beach has many amenities and activities including windsurfing, kayaking, paddle surfing (surf or paddle) and snorkeling. It is a wide beach with a playground on the sand and calm waters.
Walking from El Port de la Selva you will find some of the best beaches on the Catalan coast; you’ll appreciate the quality of its waters and its surroundings, perfect for practicing any maritime activity.

Port de la Selva to Lighthouse S’Arenella

From the village you can walk towards Llança, a nice walking area to the lighthouse. It is a well sign posted road, about 3km, finding many small spots to swim in stone beaches “calas”. There are great views of the coast and several areas to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Port de la Selva to Cala Tamariua

Leaving the village towards the Cabo de Creus, you pass several beaches and bathing areas, with Pas Beach and Cala Tamariua as some of the hightlights. These stone “calas” are crystal clear, highly recommended for the practice of snorkeling. You can drive to Cala Tamariua, or enjoy a 30 minute walk.

From “Cala” Tamariua to “Cala” Fornells:

Path that runs through the Cap de Creus Natural Park. It has many slopes on the terrain and as it wanders into nature you discover the typical Mediterranean vegetation. You can reach bathing areas you could see only by boat, the road can be traveled in 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Cala del Faro, Port de la Selva
Faro de S’Arenella,de Port a Llança
Cala Tamariua
Cala Fornells, Cap de Creus

PATHS, WALKING AND GR 11 (GREAT ROUTE 11) TO THE CAP DE CREUS

From the El Port de la Selva you can choose between various itineraries which cross the Cap de Creus Natural Park..
Here are some recommended routes in El Port de la Selva, on the Costa Brava.

El Port de la Selva-Cap de Creus- Cadaqués

From Port de la Selva to Cap de Creus: One way: 4h | 15km (9 miles)| GR-11

The journey begins in El Port de la Selva and follows the route of the GR-11, this path crosses the Pyrenees from west to east Pyrenees. (From Cape Higuer in the Basque Country to Cape Creus in Catalonia). All the route is marked by red and white markings.
In El Port de la Selva village you find a path that will lead you to Cap de Creus through the ruins of Sant Baldiri, Cala Taballera, Mas de la Birba, Cala Prana or Over Rabassers de Dalt.

Cap de Creus to Cadaques: One Way: 2h.30m | 8km (4 miles) | sign posted itinerary.

From the Cap de Creus, follow the “Ronda Road” to Cadaqués, going through Portlligat, a pristine coastal area where you find the house of Salvador Dali, where he lived for a long period of his life.
The trail is well marked, has good views and is fairly even.

El Port de la Selva-Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes-Selva de Mar

From Port de la Selva to Sant Pere de Rodes Monastery One Way: 2h | Marked path

There are several options to make the ascent on foot to the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes although the most recommended for comfort and security is one which ascends Sant Jaume path. We leave Port de la Selva towards Llança until you find the signs to Sant Jaume which is the traditional religious path. You will get to the monastery in about 2 hours but if you want you can drive to Vall de Santa Creu and walk to the monastery for 1 hour 15 minutes.

From Sant Pere Monastery to Selva de Mar and to Port de la Selva

This is a route through the nature park where you will get to the small town of Selva de Mar. The trip downhill stretch can be performed as described in the GR-11.

Cadaqués- El Port de la Selva

From Cadaques to Port de la Selva:One Way: 3h | 12 km (7 miles) | GR-92

From Cadaqués to El Port de la Selva you can go in another trail which is the GR-92. Then after 12 km you can find the highest point at Mas dels Bufadors 300 m. above sea level and from this point begins the long descent to the El Port de la Selva.

De El Port de la Selva a LLança by “Ronda Road”. Alt Empordà

From El Port de la Selva to Llança: One way: 9 km (5 miles) |Time: 2h | Marked path

The “Camino de Ronda” joins El Port de La Selva with Llança in a simple promenade walking, running or biking. You will find lookouts where you can enjoy the coast and coves which are all very accessible. It is a highly recommended tour because of the tranquility and beauty of the area.

Cabo de Creus

HERITAGE AND CULTURE IN PORT DE LA SELVA

El Port de la Selva has preserved its charm of a seaside village on the Costa Brava and its cultural and architectural heritage.

Medieval village of Sierra de Rodes: In the Sierra de Rodes, we find the ruins of the castle of San Salvador de Verdera (XIII century), with an outstanding view of the bay of Port de la Selva and Llança. Part of the Village is the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes and next, are the ruins of the mediaeval town of Santa Cruz de Roda, only a pre-Romanesque style church dedicated to Santa Elena remains.

Monastery and Church of Sant Pere de Rodes: This church represents the tenth century Catalan architecture, but had several modifications later. It connserves remains of Carolingian Romanesque, and Mozarabic styles. In 1930 it was declared a national monument, is one of the cultural assets in the province of Gerona. It can be visited throughout the year, you can find day, night and group tours in different languages.

SPORTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN PORT DE LA SELVA

Calendar of Events: In El Port de la Selva, especially in the summer, you will find different activities for all ages such as swimming, running, sailing, yoga, inflatable rides for children, children’s performances, concerts, shows or sardanas (Catalonian typical dance).

Visit “El Port” in bike:: In El Port de la Selva you can go biking in trails or mountain.

Horse Riding:Some companies organize rides through surf on unspoiled sandy beaches, riding through old villages, passing Romanesque churches.

Watersports in Port de la Selva: It is possible to hire a boat and explore the beaches of Cap de Creus. In the area you will find companies dedicated to water activity services such as day and night dives in the Costa Brava, diving courses, baptism, diving, windsurfing, kayaking, surfing, rowing, canoeing and snorkeling activities.

Golf in Costa Brava:: In the village of Peralada, near Port de la Selva, there is a golf course with an 18 hole, par 71 and 4 tees per hole. It is a field for all players with beautiful landscape.

Castle Casino Peralada: The casino is located in the town of Peralada and offers tournaments, games and events. It is open year round.

TOWNS CLOSE TO THE PORT DE LA SELVA: CADAQUES, ROSES AND EMPURIABRAVA

Sightseeing in Cadaqués

Cadaqués is a medieval village; enjoy the labyrinthine streets of the old town. At the top of the town is the church of Sta. Maria from where we will have the best views of Cadaques. There are a wide variety of buildings and about 8 sculptures around the town in honor of important artists and intellectuals for the municipality.

Cadaqués museum is dedicated to Salvador Dalí and it holds temporary exhibitions about the painter’s biography and works of art.

The family of surrealist painter Salvador Dalihas a summer residence in town and later settled in PORTLLIGAT Dali, one of the “Calas” of Cadaqués. Cadaqués also attracted many renowned figures as Federico García Lorca, Eugenio D’Ors who wrote about his summer stays in the village, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Joan Miro.
In PORTLLIGAT you can visit the house of Salvador Dali and Gala.

Sightseeing in Roses

In Roses you can tour the old town and the walkway next to the water.

Santa Margarida Beach is the most touristic area of Roses, a beautiful sandy beach that runs through the town.

You can find beaches like Almadrava to enjoy a beautiful sunset or Montjoi Creek and other coves around like Pelosa or Joncols .

The Gulf is perfect for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing.

Roses has considerable architectural heritage, visitors are recommended to Roses Citadel and Castle Bufalaranya, and guided fish market tour.

Sightseeing in EmpuriaBrava

Empuriabrava is an ideal place for lovers and fans of sailing and for boat captains.

Most characteristic of Empuriabrava is that many of their homes have docks with boats. From the houses you can navegate through the channels out to sea and discover the beaches of Empuriabrava and coves of the Costa Brava.

The most famous building is the Tower Club Nautic, offering good views of the town and its scenary.

Empuriabrava is a worldwide mecca for skydiving, approximately 125,000 annual jumps are performed.
In addition, planes take off from the airfield and fly over the Costa Brava where you can admire the spectacular natural parks in the area.

It has opened the First Wind Tunnel in Catalonia , where the best athletes of this modality from all over the world come to train.