El Port de la Selva

With one of the largest municipal extensions of the Costa Brava, 33 km from Figueres and 70 km from Girona, el Port de la Selva offers a huge variety of landscapes: from the Mediterranean coast to the vineyards, and the rugged mountains to the foot of the Sierra de Rodes.

Sant Pere de Roda Monastery, at el Port de la Selva

At El Port de la Selva, south of Llançà, the seascapes are already reminiscent of the Cap de Creus. This thriving fishing port attracts tourists in search of peace and quiet. Authors who have written about it include J. V.Foix and J. M. de Sagarra

The town's history is strongly linked to its most important monument: the Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, a national cultural heritage. A document found in the monastery, which dates from the year 974, refers to the village as "port quod dicunt armi-rodas" (harbour called Armen Rodas). It affords stunning panoramas over the Gulf of Lions. Passing ships used to send mules loaded with goods up to the monastery to pay their tributes to the Benedictine monks. Nowadays concerts of ancient and classical music are held there in summer.

Traditionally linked to fishing activity and to the trade of oil and wine, the phylloxera plague in the nineteenth century, which destroyed much of the vineyards, forced emigration of many families.

Very close to Sant Pere de Rodes you'll find one of the most charming villages on the Costa Brava: the Vall de la Santa Creu, a medieval town, formerly dependent on the monastery. We can walk its streets with quiet peaceful enjoyment, watch the XVIth century church, the creek that through the village and its medieval houses, almost untouched today. Vall de la Santa Creu is simply a return to the medieval past of the Ampurdán.

El Port de la SelvaLa Vall de la Santa Creu

As in many other towns on the Costa Brava, the arrival of the 60's was a major economic and even social movement for the town, with the arrival of new visitors and residents. Those who come to el Port de la Selva appreciate the tranquility of their surroundings and the beauty of its landscapes, which has attracted a large number of painters.

El Port de la Selva BeachEl Port de la Selva harbour

The village offers a wide range of trails to walk, either on foot or by bicycle, to the Sierra de Rodes, to Cape Creus, or towards Llança, the nearby village. In total 30 kms of trails through the forest. El Port de la Selva also offers the possibility to practice a active sports as kayaking, sailing, swimming or fishing, all run in the bay. Underwater fishing a popular sport in el Port, as you are in Cap de Creus and you find submarine landscapes of great beauty.

The state of the beaches is excellent. From sandy beaches to rocky beaches, the Port offers a variety of environments. In all cases the water quality is always excellent. We highlight the beaches of Port de Val beach, del Pas beach, el Port de la Selva beach, Tabarella, and Tamariua beach.



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Plage d'en Robert, el Port de la Selva, Costa Brava

Platja Port de la Vall, el Port de la Selva

La badia de Vaquers, al Port de la Selva, compta amb diferents platges: en primer pla una petita, més enllà la gran

Cala Galera, El Port de la Selva, Costa Brava

Île Galera depuis la crique de Cala Galera, Port de la Selva

Cala Tamariua, el Port de la Selva

Villages near El Port de la Selva

  • La Selva de Mar
    1.9 miles away
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  • Llançà
    4.8 miles away
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  • Palau-saverdera
    5.6 miles away
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  • Pau
    7.5 miles away
    Pau
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  • Cadaqués
    8 miles away
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    Cadaqués is the focal point of the Cap de Creus peninsula, which is an outstanding maritime and terrestrial natural park on account of the diversity of the marine species found there and the shapes of its rocks sculpted by the Tramuntana wind. All round the Cap de Creus, which faces over the Gulf of Lions, are inaccessible islets, cliffs and coves. Though the waters look calm, sea goers have nicknamed it “the Devil’s Cape” and it abounds in tales of shipwrecks and rescues.

  • Roses
    8.5 miles away
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    South of the Albera Range, Roses Bay forms a deep inlet in the coastline some 15 km long, with long sandy beaches and marshland. It is bounded by the Cap de Creus peninsula to the north and the Montgrí massif to the south.

  • Colera
    8.7 miles away
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    Colera is one of the quietest ports throughout the Costa Brava. In direct contact with nature, with little urban development, and few miles from both Cap de Creus and the French Red Coast (Côte Vermeille), this village has many devotees precisely because of its calm and familiar environment even in midsummer.

  • Vilajuïga
    9.4 miles away
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