The Benedictine Monastery is the most important heritage site in the town. It preserves important features such as its 10th century Romanesque Porta Ferrada, which has become a symbol. Mare de Déu dels Àngels church and Fum and Corn towers are also part of the building, which houses the History Museum of the town, the exhibition about Health; and the temporal exhibition of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Collection.
A via ferrata is a climbing route in a rocky massif, equipped with nails, steps, steel cables, chains and other materials that make the itinerary easy for people who don’t usually climb, both in vertical and horizontal sections. The mountains and the adventure can be enjoyed in a safe and exciting way. This activity is suitable for adults and children, beginners or climbers with experience.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols has important marine resources such as Cala Ametller, punta de Garbí and Cala Vigatà that are a paradise for scuba divers because of its ecologic richness. These places are included in the Bio-knowledge Marine Area in which we are working to combine a protected area and the tourism.
This project deals with two coastal marine areas that are included in the XarxaNatura 2000 Marina in order to promote and develop the seabed. They are managed by the Town Council by means of Custòdia Marina agreements and an active participation of the whole society.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols coast is full of contrasts. Rocky or sandy coves lay amid steep cliffs. From the south, coves and beaches like Canyerets, Cala Vigatà and Port Salvi must be pointed out, which extend up to the bay of Sant Feliu. To the north, Sant Pol beach still preserves the beauty of its 19th century buildings with clear, calm and shallow waters.
Also known as carril bici (cycle track), the greenway connects the town with the inland plains up to Girona and Olot. It is of great tourist interest because of the restoration of Sant Feliu old railway. Sant Feliu de Guíxols greenway is the starting point and the end of the old “Carrilet” that ran from Olot to our town. It’s ideal for cycling or hiking. You can go for a walk or take part in a race like the Trailwalker.
The Carmen Thyssen Space is a centre for temporary exhibitions which opened its doors in the summer of 2012 with Light landscapes, dreamy landscapes. From Gauguin to Delvaux. The exhibitions of 2013 (Sisley-Kandinsky-Hopper) and 2014 (The ideal in the landscape. Among Meifrén, Matisse and Goncharova) had again a good acceptance from both public and critics. Carmen Thyssen Space has become an artistic point of reference in the Costa Brava, placing Sant Feliu in the apex of a cultural triangle, together with Girona and Figueres. The centre does not have a permanent collection. Until now, it just has temporary exhibitions of the Carmen Thyssen Collection from June to October.
The cuisine in Sant Feliu de Guíxols is well-known for the quality of its products, not only fish and vegetables, but also meat and fruits. The cuisine has a long-lasting tradition that reinterprets both its traditional and its creative dishes. We must point out the oily fish and the seafood cuisine, such as fish stew, anchovies stew, cod and peixopalo (dried cod without salt).
The town has a large network of signposted paths that give you the chance to hike or cycle different routes. You can walk on the coastal path along the cliffs and coves or discover the Gavarres and Ardenya massif through their paths.
The landscape of the area and its contrasts -typical Mediterranean – are one of the tourist attractions of the town. Sant Feliu is surrounded by large natural areas such as Gavarres and Ardenya massif, which have many signposted paths that helps you to discover the surroundings.
Sant Feliu has cultural and festive traditions with events such as Porta Ferrada festival – music, theatre and dance-. It takes place during the summer and is the oldest in Catalonia. There are other important events such as Carnival, Cançó de Taverna (the fishermen songs), Festa Major, fairs in September or boat procession of Verge del Carme.
The Porta Ferrada is a Catalan, Mediterranean and European festival.
Sant Feliu is characterised by its peaceful population and its quality of life. We must point out the personality of the ganxons, how the inhabitants are called, which is cheerful, genuine and friendly.
The town is full of identity, which we find in its special corners, like the local market. It provides fresh and quality products and offers a local trade in a welcoming atmosphere. We invite you to meet Sant Feliu inhabitants, while walking along the sea promenade or reaching the lighthouse and enjoying the views, the smell of the sea and the murmur of people. Do not miss the arrival of the fishing boats in the harbour early in the morning.
Once again, we have the cod and the "Peixopalo" (dried cod)!
When Lent comes, we put the cod on our tables, which has been a very important food for centuries (and still is).
The "Peixopalo" (dried cod) came to our region through Sant Feliu de Guíxols harbour.
This food was highly appreciated by sailors and workers of the cork industry during the 19th century. That is why, it appears in the people's diet and joins the gastronomy of our sea and our land like no other product.
At present, these products are recovered and reinterpreted in our kitchens. They comes back to our tables with the taste of a lifelong dish that awakens our senses.
Sant Feliu de Guixols strengthens the sports and nature tourist offer with a new website specializing in activities with mountain biking
The Bujonis cycling group and the Tourist department have created a new website with cycle trails in Sant Feliu de Guixols.
Guixolsbtt.com offers 70 circular cycling routes starting and ending in Sant Feliu de Guixols. The site includes routes, points of interest and GPS .