THOSE HIDDEN LITTLE CORNERS …
That lost convent church that goes unnoticed on top of the sky, and its garden-balcony overlooking the sea, the fried-fish with feet on the beach, the train tunnel to get there and its legend. Everything like this.
Sant Pol has managed to remain faithful to its origins even in size since ever. Sant Pol origins come from the X Century with that tiny-from-the-train seen monastery of Sant Pau at the top of the cliff hang to the sea, which generated an splendour age for the village in medieval times, that lasted until the 14th century having become an important cultural center with a library and a scriptorium, in which the prior of Saint Paul was in charge of buying books for the king. It finished when the monks left the monastery due to the general economic crisis, pestilence and civil wars at the end of 15th Century and it wouldn’t be until the sixteenth century that their recovery began, becaming an independent municipality with vineyard cultivation, wine trade with America and the fishing activity.
The arrival of the train in 1859 allows an industrial development and, together with the diversified agriculture of olive, vine, almond, carob and strawberries and the important fishing sector, brought the prosperity again. .
At the beginning of XX Century Sant Pol became a summer residence for the wealthy Barcelona families an in 1966 the international important Cheff hotel-university-School began with renowed success til nowadays. Strolling the village we are constantly shocked for beauties like the whites staggered houses, Gothic parish baroque church of Sant Jaume with her ancient defence tower turned into a belltower and the Baroque carving inside, Carme Ruscalleda 3* Michelin restaurant ‘Sant Pau’, the Iberian-Roman town El Farell and the Martina tower, Roca Grossa beach, Dr. Furest ‘Passeig’, the 2 or 3 scattered little beach bars hidden here and there and a numerous modernist and manor country houses such as : the building of Les Escoles, the house of Dr. Roura, Can Planiol and Can Tió, Can Corominas, Mas Noguera, Casa Camino, Les Tribunes and the Manzanillo orchards.
We will visit : Through a very special stroll beginning at the Train Station we will ‘climb’ for the hanging modernist bulding streets in zig-zag passing Sant Jaume parish church until the Manzanillo orchards. Will try local delicatessen and will continue until St. Pau Monastery and the beach.
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