There are many towns and cities and interesting places to visit near-by. We have divided the area into three concentric circles of 10, 40 and 100 Km radii.
Radius of 10km
la vall de Llémena
Before visitors reach the peak of Puig Sou, Mount Rocacorba throws up yet another fascinating gem: the Rocacorba Sanctuary, which – at an altitude of 929 metres – comes complete with magnificent views over the coast. En route, visitors should drop in at one of the local restaurants for a taste of typical Catalan dishes, such as snails.
Distance from Can Heras: 15km. Drivers and motorcyclists should take the GIV-5313 towards Adri before continuing on a dirt track for 14.7 km. It can also be reached on foot or BTT.
Car journey time: 30 minutes
the gorges of the font de la torre
The volcanic gorges are a natural feature that were created by the Arroyo de Canet stream. Here, explorers will discover caves, small waterfalls and pools of outstanding beauty.
Distance from Can Heras: 8 km. Drivers should take the GIV-5313 towards Canet d’Adri. The car can be parked on an esplanade, after which there is a 2-minute walk.
Car journey time: 10 minutes
Girona – otherwise known as ‘the immortal city’ – is the capital of the province (also known as Girona), where Can Heras is located. As municipalities go, it is a place of relative quiet; the quality of life afforded to its inhabitants is excellent and for visitors, it offers a plethora of corners to discover. Its claim to immortality is on account of the fact that the city pluckily resisted Napoleonic troops thrice. As described by local writer Jaume Ministral, Girona is rich in history, diminutive in size, and delicate.
Girona takes you on a journey through more than 2000 years of history. Founded in the 1st-century bc, the Romans built a powerful fort. Centuries later, between the 11th- and 18th-centuries, the magnificent Cathedral of Santa Maria was built, which has the widest single Gothic nave in the world, with a width of 23 metres, and the church of Sant Feliu (also known as Saint Felix) where we can find the tomb of Saint Narcissus, patron saint of the city. These two buildings provide the image of Girona.
The fascinating Jewish Quarter, or Call Jueu as it is known, yields yet another treasure to unearth for the visitor. Its beautiful streets and arcades, the magnificent Baroque areas, and the Noucentista buildings of the architect Rafael Masó dominate, imbuing the whole area with a sense of both majesty and magic.
Gastronomically, Girona can deservedly lay claim to a very rich food culture. Its multitude of restaurants alone bear testament to this, but it is to one eatery in particular that the committed epicurean should ensure to venture. El Celler de Can Roca is garlanded with three Michelin stars, and has also been selected as the best restaurant in the world by Restaurant Magazine.
However, for visitors more inclined towards street food than fine dining, there is a veritable surfeit to be sampled. A typical sweet snack is the xuixo, which consists of a thin pastry cylinder filled with crème patisserie, fried and sprinkled with sugar on the outside. Sweet, crisp and dangerously moreish, it can be snapped up in many the city’s many patisseries.
Other notable sites include the city walls, the Arab baths and the famous houses on the Onyar river, sometimes dubbed ‘Little Florence’ on account of the houses which teeter by the water’s edge.
The city’s great festival (fiesta mayor) is held at on 29 October on the feast of its patron saint, Saint Narcissus. For those passing through Girona during the spring, the Temps de Flors (Flower Time) Festival, is never less than spectacular, as all the streets, shop windows, patios and public buildings are filled with a profusion of flowers and decorations.
Distance from Can Heras: 8 km by road on the Giv-5313
Car journey time: 30 minutes
The town of Banyoles in the county of Pla de L’Estany has been inhabited since time immemorial. Evidence of such prior dwellings in this place has repeatedly been unearthed, notably in the discovery of the famous pre-Neanderthal jawbone, dated at around 80,000 years old. In prehistoric times (5200 bc), Banyoles was inhabited by the people of La Draga.
To get a taste of authentic local life, do make sure you have a coffee at one of the lake-facing restaurants; the largest lake in Catalonia, it also offers a number of activities, such as boat rides, kayaking, walking and cycling around the perimeter. But for those more inclined towards relaxation, a coffee and a view of others’ exertions are just as good a way to enjoy this scene of tranquillity.
Distance from Can Heras: 20 km on the C-66
Car journey time: 30 minutes
la fageda d’en jordà
This 4.8km-squared nature reserve comprises a beech forest that is entirely unique in Spain, enabled only by the relatively flat ground made up of cooled lava from the Croscat volcano.
Any intrepid wanderer should make a point of trying the typical products of the area; your taste buds will not thank you for leaving here minus a morsel of La Fageda d’en Jordà yoghurt or its crème caramel. And happily, as well as being downright delicious, the produce here is also ethical; in 1982, a farming co-operative was established on a not-for-profit basis in order to provide employment for people with intellectual disabilities and psychological disorders. Do note: the use of motor vehicles inside the forest is forbidden, and a number of walking routes are offered, as well as the chance to hire an old horse-drawn cart.
Distance from Can Heras: 60 km on the GI-524
Car journey time: 50 minutes
Radius of 40km
This constitutes the county of Alt Empordà’s main city and, as the former home of Salvador Dalí i Domènech, continues to exert a strong pull on artistic types. For disciples of the great surrealist, no trip here would be complete without a visit to the Dalí Museum, itself defined as the largest surrealist object in the world, and where we can see many of the artist’s great works.
As far as other attractions are concerned, undoubtedly, one of the most impressive sites to visit is the Castle of Sant Ferrán, a large military fortification built in the 18th-century. Meanwhile, the musical will revel in the city’s Acoustic Festival, held at the end of August, featuring live open-air music.
Distance from Can Heras: 49 km on the AP-7
Car journey time: Car journey time: 43 minutes
Situated half way between the sea and the Pyrenees, this city is largely defined by its impressive student population, courtesy of the University of Vic.
One of the most celebrated restaurants is Ca l’U; situated in an 18th-century mansion house, it serves traditional Catalan cuisine and offers an exquisite selection of food.
The city is also famous for its charcuterie products – especially the Vic longaniza – as well as for The Vic Live Music Market, a professional meeting-place that brings together all the sectors of the music industry.
Distance from Can Heras: 77 km on the C-25
Car journey time: 60 minutes
The Girona coastline starts in the north at the border with France, and stops in the south, at the town of Blanes. Dotted along the way with towns, beaches and places of great interest and beauty, aficionados will attest to the dramatic shifts in character and landscape evident all along the Costa Brava.
begur – northern coast
The town and beaches of Begur constitute – unreservedly – one of the most wonderful destinations along the Costa Brava. The town’s old quarter is the main tourist attraction, but also on the must-see list are its eight coves and small beaches, such as Aiguafreda or Sa Tuna.
The first week of September heralds the Indian fair, bringing with it a reminder of the town’s strong relationship between Cuba and Begur forged when a great number of its residents emigrated to the island in the 19th-century.
Distance from Can Heras: 53 km on the C-66
Car journey time: 60 minutes
tossa de mar – southern coast
Tossa de Mar, once an old fishing village, has become an emblematic of the typical tourist resort of the Costa Brava. To see a bit more of the area and delve behind the tourist traps and into its history, the best idea is to take a tour along the old town walls or within the traditional fishing district of Sa Roqueta. Of particular note is the Winter Festival of Saint Vincent, with sardanas (typical Catalan dance), concerts and children’s shows.
Distance from Can Heras: 50 km on the C-65
Car journey time: 60 minutes
Radius of 100km
Cadaqués, Located close to the Cabo de Creus, represents the easternmost point of the peninsula, and has, over the years, provided inspiration for many artists, from Dalí to Picasso. The traditional dish in almost all of the restaurants here is seafood paella, which is typically fresh, hearty and delicious. Until just two years ago, gastronomes made pilgrimages to the nearby Roses, the location – until 2011 – of the richly garlanded El Bulli Restaurant, whose kitchen was led by the prestigious chef Ferrán Adrià. It has since been turned into the El Bulli Foundation, a paen to both the restaurant that once stood on this spot and to the wider history of haute cuisine.
Attractions in Cadaqués include its old quarter, the Cabo de Creus Natural Park, the lighthouse and the home of Salvador Dalí. In the cultural calendar, meanwhile, the Cadaqués International Music Festival is one of the most important events, providing a meeting-place for renowned musicians, soloists, conductors and composers.
Distance from Can Heras: 77 km on the N-II road
Car journey time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
The city’s unstoppable growth gained ground no sooner had the city walls been knocked down in order that building could be executed according to the Cerdà Plan for the Eixample. By the beginning of the 20th-century, Barcelona had become a modern city. The augmentation and expansion did not stop there; later, urban transformation continued with events such as the Forum of Cultures 2004 and town planning projects such as 22@.
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and, considering its high culture, rich history, cosmopolitan persuasions and healthy business and leisure lives, the title is justly deserved. After all, it is here that tourists flock to the Sagrada Familia, the Pedrera and Parque Güell, among many others.
The Arola Restaurant, one of the best known in the city, can be found on the second floor of the luxurious Hotel Arts, its head chef having been trained by the great Ferrán Adrià. Gastronomes and the design cognoscenti alike come for its pop design, its delightful terrace opposite Frank Gehry’s giant whale sculpture, and for the live music – not to mention the exquisite fare.
The city’s main festival (fiesta mayor) is La Mercè, which celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy on 24 September.
Distance from Can Heras: 110 km on the AP-7 road
Car journey time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
La Vall de Núria
The mountain resort of Vall de Núria can be found in the eastern Pyrenees, at the source of many springs and streams.
Núria is a busy and buzzing place of pilgrimage. At an altitude of almost 2000m, it not only offers natural shelter amid great peaks, but also the spiritual refuge of a Marian sanctuary of ancient roots and traditions. It is a popular tourist destination for skiers.