Photo: Ricard Corbí. AIPC - Arxiu d’Imatges de l’Àrea de Promoció de la Ciutat de l’Ajuntament de la Bisbal d’Empordà.
La Bisbal d’Empordà, with almost 11,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the Baix Empordà. It has a privileged location between the Empordà plain and the Gavarres mountains and it is only half an hour from Girona and 15 minutes from the Costa Brava.
The municipality is known as Catalonia’s capital of pottery and is internationally renowned. It has a long tradition, as shown by the earliest document to mention the trade of potter from 1511 and because this has been the town’s main industrial activity since the 18th century. This craft, which is still practised, provides a commercial offer specialising in pottery and decoration, as well as a variety of workshops and guided visits that the artisans provide for tourists. This artisanal and industrial pottery activity is protected by the “Ceràmica de la Bisbal” mark, guaranteeing the authenticity of the product for consumers. It is also important to note the educational role of the Terracotta Museum, which is one of the country’s most important pottery museums and has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (IAC) since 2019.
The old centre of la Bisbal preserves a rich historical and architectural heritage and is characterised by its narrow streets like the winding Carrer del Call. One of the most emblematic buildings, which you can visit, is the Castle–Palace. This was built by the bishops of Girona between the 11th and 12th centuries and is a true jewel of Catalan civil Romanesque. Other examples of heritage in the municipality are the church of Santa Maria, the Portal de la Riera, the Pont Vell bridge, the arcades of les Voltes and the church of la Pietat.
The municipality has a number of festivals and markets including: the Circus Fair, the Street fair on 1 May, the Old Empordà Fair, the Second-Hand, Collectors and Toys Fair and the Artisan Fair, not forgetting the weekly market on Fridays, which fills all of the old town with stalls and atmosphere. In the field of music, the Torre Maria International Festival stands out and in the literary field, the Indilletres Fair.
This rich artistic and cultural offer is matched by a gastronomic offer with a wide variety of restaurants, bakeries and small businesses that enable visitors and tourists to enjoy the local cuisine and its specialities. In addition, there are also various Gastronomic Days like the Vermouth Day and the Tastaolletes gastronomy and pottery route.