The old village of Monells, part of the so-called “golden triangle” of the Catalan villages (formed by Monells – Peratallada – Palau-Sator), is located in the vicinity of the city of Bisbal, the capital of our county (comarca in Catalan) Baix Emporda.
The village is part of the municipality with the hard-to-pronounce name Cruïlles, Monells i Sant Sadurní de l’Heura. According to the official website of the municipality, the tireless bloggers of those times wrote about Monells back in the 10th century! The village arose around an old castle, from which, unfortunately, practically nothing has survived until today. The sages say that the name of the village arose thanks to the mills (molins), which were located on the banks of the river Rissec flowing through the center of the village. We propose not to dispute this opinion and simply accept it on faith.
Despite the tiny size of the village (about 250 by 250 meters), in ancient times it was located one of the largest rural markets in the province of Girona. A distinctive feature of the village can be called some unreal amount of stone arches in the narrow streets. And in the nearby restaurant L’Hort del Rector, specializing in cod dishes, we counted almost 30 dishes from this highly respected Catalonia fish. (Update from 2018 – it looks like the restaurant has closed forever, really sorry …)
We invite you to a virtual walk along the medieval streets of Monells.