A village where the rocks tell stories of times past and travellers fall in love with it's alleys and streets. Located in the heart of the Empordan 20 kilometers from the beaches of the Costa Brava, Monells is one of three nucleus of one of the largest municipalities in area, of Catalonia: the municipality of Cruïlles-Monells-St. Sadurni de L'Heura.
Monells, in it's beginnings, was constructed around it's castle, of which only certain external walls remain. Every nook of this village conjures up memories of it's medieval past, of kings, nobles, knights, barons, markets and castles.
The ensemble, formed by it's streets and plazas, exemplifies the evolution of popular arquitecture over different historical eras. From the Romanesque era, certain parts of the ramparts and towers that surrounded the village and the castle, have been preserved. Gothic arquitecture is seen in the 'Plaza de l'Oli', the alley of 'Los Arcos' and several windows.
In the 17th and 18th centuries, houses were built above the ramparts of the fortress, the interior spaces were re-organized to form two main streets - Vilanova on the east side and La Riera on the left margin of the riverbed of the 'Rissec'. On the façade of many of these houses there can still be seen today dates referring to those years.
In medieval times, Monells was declared the center for the regional weekly market. It was of great renoun and importance, and thus in the year 1234, King James I of Aragón declared that the patrons use the 'mitgera de Monells' (measure of Monells) as the standard of measurement for cereals for the bishopric of Girona.
The riverbed of 'El Rissec' divides the nucleus of Monells into two districts - the castle area and the Riera or riverbed.
The previous area was designed around the "Plaza Major" which is for the most part arcaded. The castle, of which only a few parts of the original ramparts exist, was located on the highest part of the hill.
In the 'Riera' quarters, a must-see is the parroquial gothic church of Saint Genis, across from which our restaurant is located - in the former vegetable garden of the rectory.