The various nuclei that make up La Pera (La Pera, Púbol, Pedrinyà and Riuràs) are full of historic places that reflect their past and their mediaeval splendour. Understanding the past is essential to be able to have a better understanding of life in the Empordà region today.
The mediaeval spirit of the Empordà region
The first signs of civilisation in La Pera date back to prehistoric times, however, it was not until the 11th century that one of the nuclei of the municipality, Púbol, started its period of splendour. It was during the mediaeval period when the various nuclei renewed or built the impressive buildings that remain today.
In La Pera and its various nuclei, there are exquisite examples of civil Gothic-Renaissance architecture, particularly in Púbol. Púbol, which today still has a feudal appearance, was an independent lordly jurisdiction, to which other nuclei and even other villages of the Empordà were attached. This situation remained the same between the 11th and 17th centuries.
In this idyllic setting of narrow alleys and small squares, you will also find landscapes such as El Pedró in La Pera or the vault of Can Canada in Púbol, which will transport you back to mediaeval times and enable you to enjoy the silence of the small spaces. The shady yet welcoming passage under a vault in Riuràs, where there are still the remains of a former drinking trough for animals, is particularly worthy of a mention
If you have enjoyed this place, you can continue your visit to other significant mediaeval sites in the surrounding nuclei, such as the architectural jewels of Pals and Peratallada, and the beautiful villages of Monells, Madremanya and Cruïlles. They are all close to La Pera, therefore we encourage you to follow on with the route of mediaeval towns in the Empordà region!
It is said that La Pera had a castle (13th to 15th centuries), of which all that is left are some remains of the wall, window or tower. In fact, a few metres from the apse of the church of Sant Isidor, on a rock base in Carrer de les Roques, there could be the remains of the fort of La Pera: a large fragment of wall made with large stones that have not been squared, and with corners of ashlars. Experts state that the position of the castle was where the town hall currently stands.
In the neighbouring nucleus, the former home of the Barons of Púbol is the 11th-century castle which today is home to the Gala-Salvador Dalí Castle, and which still preserves interiors from the Gothic-Renaissance period. This building, which consists of three stories and is constructed around a tall, narrow courtyard, makes up an indissoluble unit with the church and, together with the attached garden, it dominates the surrounding countryside. The walls created an enclosure to the west of the castle and the church and are currently integrated into the older buildings.
Take in the details of all the buildings in our nucleus, we are sure you will find some signs of the former castles and walls!
A stroll through the churches
The four churches in the municipality are the greatest exponent of mediaeval architecture in La Pera. Each of them, with its different style, has a unique charm.
Church of Sant Isidor de La Pera
The church of Sant Isidor de la Pera is in Gothic-Renaissance style (17th century), built on a former 10th-century church, and with a smooth façade, modified after the Spanish Civil War.
Church of Sant Pere de Púbol
The church of Sant Pere was built as the church for the castle of the barony of Púbol, but now it is the parish church.
Built between 1327 and 1341, it is in Gothic style. The Baron of Púbol, Bernat de Corbera, commissioned an altarpiece dedicated to Sant Pere on 6th of July 1437. It is one of the most important pieces of Catalan Gothic art.
Church of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà
The Church of Sant Andreu de Pedrinyà is a Romanesque building from the 11th and 12th centuries. During its restoration in 1975-76, the original sacristy was knocked down and other reforms were made. This is one of the most important churches in terms of Empordà Romanesque art.
Chapel of Sant Rafael and La Mare de Déu dels Àngels in Riuràs
The Chapel of Sant Rafael and La Mare de Déu dels Àngels is a small 17th century chapel, which is not used for worship anymore, attached to Mas Graciós (on the way to Foixà). From the end of the 17th century and up until the Spanish Civil War, Santa Maria dels Àngels and Saints Rafael and Miquel were worshipped there in an annual procession from La Pera.