The geographical location of Santa Cristina d’Aro offers a perfect destination for nature lovers, with an extensive network of paths, greenways, tracks and trails that you can explore on foot, by bike or on horseback. It has an area of 67.55 km2 and almost 5,250 inhabitants. To the north, the Gavarres mountains rise as far as the foot of the Puig d’Arques, an area including the former municipalities of Romanyà de la Selva and Bell-lloch d’Aro. Just in front of them, in the most southern part, stand the Serralada dels Carcaixells mountains, a granite mass separating the municipality from the depression of La Selva and where the old municipality of Solius is located.
These peaks which crown the Vall d’Aro to the south, stretch to the coast and separate the municipality’s coves (Cala Canyet, Platja de Canyet and Cala del Senyor Ramon) from the urban centre.
Santa Cristina d’Aro is an outstanding megalithic land with one of the most complete and best preserved dolmens in Catalonia, the Cova d’en Daina. You should not miss out on visiting it. Take the GIV-6613 to the town of Romanyà de la Selva and follow the signs that lead to the car park next to the dolmen.
On the way back on your right you will see the small cemetery of Romanyà de la Selva, where the remains of the writer Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí lie. She spent her last years in this location which inspired her and which she mentions in some of her works. If you are a lover of Catalan literature, you should not miss the Rodoreda-Romanyà literary itinerary and you should go to the mirador de les Mirandes which she described like this: “The Gavarres, cloaked in holm oaks, at dusk when the sun kisses them from below, look like they are made of velvet. I found myself in front of one of the sweetest scenes in Catalonia. The time I used to spend in Barcelona, I now spend in Romanyà de la Selva, looking out over those solid, evergreen, mountains that give me a great sense of peace after I was, or had to be, a rolling stone for years.”
Descending the same road on the way back, isolated among fields and scattered farmhouses, is the Church of Santa Maria de Bell-lloc, surrounded by Roman archaeological remains.
As well as the village of Romanyà de la Selva, you can also visit one of the Vall d’Aro’s best kept and least known treasures, the Solius Monastery, where you will find the Solius Dioramas, a unique collection of 39 dioramas representing the same number of biblical scenes made by the expert hands of the monks.
Magic has a special place in Santa Cristina d’Aro. A visit to the Great Museum of Magic is something you should not miss; it has one of the largest private collections from the world of magic, which is internationally recognised.
Inside the municipality, you should not miss out on visiting the Church of de Santa Cristina d’Aro, a pre-Romanesque building whose basic structure dates to the 10th century. It has unbeatable acoustics and in it you can enjoy unmissable event of the Aro Concerts Classical Music Festival. The remains of the Capella paleocristiana de Santa Cristina d’Aro are nearby as you leave the church, some three-hundred metres to the west.
The municipality of Santa Cristina d’Aro celebrates various parties throught the year.
Local festivals and festivals connected to its own traditions and culture. The local festivals are the festivals of the four historical centres that make up Santa Cristina d’Aro: Santa Cristina, Solius, Romanyà i Bell lloc, which are each represented on the municipality’s shield by a key.
In the spring, summer and autumn you should check out the programme of musical and cultural activities on offer in the Espai Ridaura.
Discover everything you can do and the guided tours organised all-year round at: www.visitsantacristina.cat
Oficina de Turisme de Santa Cristina d’Aro
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