Peralada – History, Nature and Gastronomy

Maximum number of participants: 15

Peralada enjoys a rich cultural heritage, living testimony to the passage of time: the first Iberian settlement that has been documented in the heart of Alt Empordà. Founded under Charlemagne and burned in 1285, was home to one of the oldest lineages of Catalonia, the Rocabertí, capital of one of the first counties and homeland of Ramon Muntaner, the great chronicler of the Catalan-Aragonese Crown expansion by the Mediterranean.

The remains of this interesting past are still present in the Old Town: the walls and gates, the castle, the churches, the Romanesque cloister of Saint Dominic, the Convent of the Carmelites, the names of ancient guilds and crafts, and its narrow and tortuous streets, the Gothic buildings of the Plaza Gran, are some of the medieval elements visible to the naked eye today.

ITINERARY

9:00h – Meeting at the hotel

11:00h – Breakfast between vineyards and wine tasting

The DO Empordà wine route offers a variety of activities and experiences designed to discover our deep rooted wine making tradition. Wine-making has been documented at Peralada since the Middle Ages, and when Sr. Miquel Mateu bought Peralada Castle in 1923, he revitalized this tradition with Vins i Caves Castell de Peralada (the wines and cavas of Peralada Castle), one of our countries most respected wine producers.

13:30h – Tasting of the region’s products

15:00h – A guided tour of the mediaeval quarter

We will take a walking of the narrow streets of the medieval quarter, peerless due to its medieval atmosphere and the great richness of its historical buildings.

16:30h – Visit to the Peralada castle and museum

The Peralada Castle Museum is located in an old 14th-century Carmelite convent. The museum displays the private collections of the castle: the library, which contains nearly 100.000 books; the ceramics collection, featuring 1.000 different pieces; the glass collection, which is considered to be the most important in Spain and one of the largest collections in the world by a single owner, with more than 2.500 pieces; the cloister, which houses the stone collection; the Gothic church, with its 14th-century coffered ceiling; and thewine museum with a very complete display of objects related to the wine culture, dating from the 14th century onward. The tour ends in the convent cellar, where the well-known Gran Claustro wine is still produced today.

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