Combine views of a deep-blue Mediterranean and the menacing peaks of the Pyrenees with a spectacular piece of Romanesque architecture. The resulting sensory overload is the Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes, which sits 500m up in the hills southwest of El Port de la Selva. Founded in the 9th century, it became the most powerful monastery in the county of Empúries. The great triple-naved, barrel-vaulted basilica is flanked by the square Torre de Sant Miquel bell tower and a two-level cloister.

Approaching from El Port de la Selva (about 7km northeast), stop in the signposted car park, a 10-minute walk from the monastery.