Churches, chapels, hermitages… castles, bunkers and walls…, settlements, dolmens, menhirs, urban structures and historic centres: The rich heritage and art of the Alt Empordà is reflected in a large number of buildings, spots and magnificent landscapes where we find examples of different moments from our history: from megalithism and classical civilisations to scenes from the Civil War and the subsequent exile.
Scan the QR codes that you’ll find in various places in the region to find out about the piece of history that you are looking at.
This operation forms part of the Priority Axis 6, linked to the preservation and protection of the environment and promoting resource efficiency. In particular, it focuses on Specific Objective (SO) 6.3.1 which aims to promote the protection, promotion and development of cultural heritage.
In the framework of the call ORDER GAH/45/2016, of 7 March which approves the rules to select local-entity operations eligible for co-financing from PO EDFR Catalonia 2014-2020 for priority axes 4 and 6, published on 14 March 2016, the Alt Empordà County Council proposes this candidacy, with actions aligned firstly, with the strategic objectives of the Sectoral Action Plan in the field of tourism development and secondly with objective 6.3.1 of the PO EDFR Catalonia.
The main objectives of this action are:
• To value the diversity of the tourist resources, activities and centres of interest offered by the area.
• To encourage and promote areas of tourist interest, which enable the improvement of the tourist experience in coastal destinations, the reduction of seasonal fluctuations in demand and the integration of the territory as a whole.
This action is based on the use of new technologies to provide visitors with knowledge of the area and improve their experience, making it easier for users to locate heritage sites in 4 different languages.
The Empordà is an area full of contrasts. Both its coast and the inland plains, protected by various massifs, make this part of Catalonia a unique spot, made up of a great diversity of landscapes. However, one thing that makes the Empordà particularly special is the human landscape formed by the brush strokes of its people and its rich heritage. The activity of revitalising tourism in the Alt Empordà region has a long history and has been characterised in recent years by its ability to work at different territorial scales, taking advantage of its geographical location: between the Pyrenees and the sea. The beaches, its membership of the Costa Brava Tourist Brand, the arrival of the high-speed train line, the recognition that the Empordà plain has as a space providing a high quality of life, due to its natural, cultural, landscape, ethnological and gastronomic resources. Despite this wealth of the area, the need for the region to adapt to change and modernise has become clear.