Nestled between the Cap de Creus and the French border, Llança is a traditional Catalan town on Spain’s sun-drenched Costa Brava. It boasts a rich artistic heritage and is on the doorstep of a magnificent Benedictine monastery. It’s also near beaches that range from pebbly coves to long stretches of sand.
Things to do in Llançà
In the heart of Llança is the Museu de l’Aquarela, which houses an impressive collection of watercolour paintings by Martínez Lozano. It stands adjacent to the Torre de l’Homenatge, a 13th-century tower that once formed part of the town’s defence system. Take note of the Gothic windows on three of its facades, with the 18th-century Church of Sant Vicenç built against the fourth.
Llança is an ideal base for visiting St. Pere de Rodes Monastery, which lies beneath a ruined castle on the slope of Verdera Mountain. Wander through the 12th-century cloisters and admire the Romanesque-style church, which features columns topped by Carolingian-style capitals. From the monastery grounds, there are exceptional views across the Cap de Creus.
For a day at the beach, head to Platja del Port, which is backed by a palm-lined promenade beside Llança's bustling harbour. Further north lies Platja Grifeu, where you’ll find soft sand and shallow waters that are ideal for swimming. Taxi-boats moor beside the restaurant at Platja de Garbet, a long, pebbly beach that offers plenty of room for everyone.
Getting around Llançà
Llança is around 20 minutes’ drive from Figueres and 1.5 hours from Barcelona. Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport is just under two hours away and has flights to destinations across the globe. Regular trains connect to the Llança railway station and the town is served by local buses.