Sant Feliu de Guixols
The name Sant Feliu goes back to the martyred Saint Feliu who came from Africa, Guíxols is a word derived from the
former word Iecsalis, from a 10th century document and seeming to mean "Rope-maker".
Sant Feliu de Guíxols has idylic weather almost all year long. The coastline of Sant Feliu de Guíxols spreads over ten kilometes (6.2 miles) which includes many little bays with coves surrounded by pines with rocky or fine sand beaches.
The beaches, of which St Pol is the most delightful, are cleaned daily and a modern water treatment system prevents
waste water from entering the sea. The town is engulfed by small mountains, by the Gavarres and the Massif of the
Ardenya with forests of pine, oak and cork trees.
Sant Feliu de Guixols is a town located in the heart of Emporda on the Costa Brava and is in a prime location because of
its easy access to cities like Girona, Barcelona and Figueres, besides being close to parks such as Empordà Marshes,
Cap de Creus, the islands Medes, the volcanic area the Montseny Massif and the natural Albera range considered of national interest.
The town, a former fishing village, retains a significant heritage evident in the Benedictine monastery and its oldest part, the Romanesque door Ferrata.
The Benedictine Monastery is the town’s most important architectural feature, and it still conserves important aspects
such as the 10th Century, Romanesque Porta Ferrada, which has become a symbol in itself. The church of “La Mare de Déu dels Àngels” and “Les Torres del Corn i del Fum” (the Smoke and the Horn towers), also form part of the monastic buildings, which today house the Town History Museum, and which will soon be given over to the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Catalan Art Collection.
Plaça del Mercat, the market place, serves as the heart of public and economic
life in the town. A fruit and vegetable market takes place every morning, except
Monday´s, on the Plaça. On Sundays, the weekly market takes place along the
Passeig and on the Plaça, a popular meeting place for residents.
Passeig dels Guíxols, the boulevard of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, is unique and is a
wide sandy walkway lined with trees; ideal for a relaxing stroll.
Passeig del Mar, the seafront promenade, was built between the medieval town and
the sea and opened in 1833. Little by little, the humble homes of fishermen from the
medieval era were replaced by stately homes. Today, the area's architecture is mostly
modern; because of the demands for real estate, many of the mansions are gone and
condominiums have replaced them. Nonetheless, it makes for a lovely walk along the
town's beach front.
The cuisine of Sant Feliu de Guíxols is well-known for the quality of its ingredients, and the variety and freshness of the fish and garden produce, fruit and meat. The culinary tradition has been reinterpreted in cuisine such as that of the “Cuina del Peix Blau Ganxó” and seafood dishes such as our traditional fish anchovy, cod and stockfish “suquets” (fish cooked dish), or tapas.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols is located in an area known for its parties, festivals and especially its carnivals. It has one of the best carnivals on the Costa Brava,
as do the towns Platja d'Aro and Palamós.
The Porta Ferrada International Festival, instituted in 1958, is celebrated in
the town's monastery, and has become internationally popular with time.
The festival includes theatre, music, and dance, and is usually celebrated in the summer.
The Festa Major is a traditional, Catalan festival, celebrated annually on August 1 and is dedicated to the town's patron saint, St. Feliu.
Sant Feliu is a hospitable and friendly town which is alive all year and has a rich and varied range of activities.
In short, this is a town with an excellent quality of life that has all the services one would expect, and, as a result, has become host to many ex-patriots.
Sant Feliu de Guixols Tourist Information Office
Plaça del Monestir s/n
17220 Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Tel. 972 820 051
Timetable in winter: 10 to 13 h & 16 a 19 h (Monday to Saturday), 10 a 13 h (Sunday)
Timetable in summer: 10 a 19 h (Monday to Sunday)
Town Hall of Sant Feliu de Guíxols
Plaça del Mercat, 6-9