1. MONASTERY BY THE SEA
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 the Cork industry and the Albertí Room; and soon the Catalan Painting from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Collection.
The Monastery is a Cultural Feature of National Interest. The fortified Benedictine monastery dates back to the 10th century (Porta Ferrada) and was originally built over previous Roman structures, documented by archaeologists.
This monastery has different project stages until the 18th century, with the large baroque building.
Sant Feliu de Guíxols grew up around the monastery and was developed later at the other bank of the Monastery stream. The town struggled to break free from the abbots’ feudal ambitions.
Apart from the monastery, the history of the town left an important architectural heritage, which was based on the cork industry. We find examples such as the Modernist houses on Sant Pol beach or the stately homes at the seafront promenade, like Casino La Constància, Sant Elm Hermitage because of its spectacular viewpoint over the Costa Brava, from where Ferran Agulló named the coast, and also the Sea Rescue Museum.