Photo: Ajuntament de Calonge i Sant Antoni
The municipality of Calonge i Sant Antoni contains the last spurs of the Gavarres mountains and part of the coast with the authentic landscape of the Costa Brava. The two centres of population, along with other small neighbourhoods and isolated farmhouses, have around 11,540 inhabitants.
In the town of Calonge you can see different cultural and historical buildings such as the castle, which is of medieval origins and has undergone various renovations over the years, most recently in the 19th century, and the church of Sant Martí which takes its name from the town’s patron saint.
Calonge also has a distinctive feature related to how wine is made. There are two ways of experiencing wine: natural wine and Empordà Designation of Origin (D.O. Empordà) wine. With natural wine, the farms and rural houses in the municipality have maintained traditional wine-making techniques for centuries. On the other hand, with D.O. Empordà wine, there are three different wineries in the municipality that are members of the Club de Producte de la Ruta del Vi D.O Empordà. The rural houses and wineries offer guided visits and authentic experiences.
In the town of Sant Antoni, located on the coast of the municipality, you can enjoy an extensive tourist offer (restaurants, bars, small shops, beaches and coves, the coastal path, the promenade, etc.). It also has places of cultural interest such as El Collet, a convent of Benedictine nuns where the remains of amphoras that were used for transporting wine in the Roman period have been found. There are various prehistorical elements in the municipality of Calonge i Sant Antoni as well as a major collection of megalithic tombs, such as the Puigsesforques dolmen and the Vall de Ruàs standing stones.
Throughout the year, there are a variety of different events that take place in the municipality. The gastronomic campaigns organised by the “El Plat Blau” Association of Restaurant of the Bay offer menus with seasonal produce to enjoy the gastronomy of the area. The culinary tradition and the quality of the produce from the land and sea combine to create a gastronomic offer that brings together the work of fishermen, farmers and chefs. The three gastronomic campaigns that take place throughout the year are: the Olla de Peix fish menu in February, the prawn menu from May to July and the langoustine menu From November to December.
In Easter Week, with the Medieval Market, the old part of Calonge relives its medieval past in a journey through time. Over a weekend, this event fills the streets of the centre of the town with travelling shows, knights doing battle, exhibitions, children’s workshops, falconry displays and artisans’ stalls.
In November when the barrels of wine emerge into the light from the darkness of the cellars, the New Wine Festival is held, filling Calonge’s historical centre with activities relating to the world of wine, exhibitions, workshops and spectacles that introduce us to the winemaking tradition.
During the summer months, the “Estiu Actiu” (active summer) programme of activities features all sorts of activities for the whole family such as live music, gymnastics on the beach, children’s workshops, maths games and a sandcastle contest, among others.
This is an ideal municipality for a family holiday and for enjoying the beach, culture and nature.
Oficina de Turisme de Calonge i Sant Antoni
Av. Catalunya, 26