Travel Log - Part 3: My Summer in Europe 2013 - Sant Pere de Rodes

This is multi-segment travel log documenting my summer adventures in Europe last summer. I hope you will follow along and share in my memories and photos from the best summer of my life! Part 1 and Part 2 in case you missed them.

Part 3:

For my last day in Girona, my friend suggested a visit to the monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. This former Benedictine monastery is located in the mountains overlooking Port de la Selva and Costa Brava.

The first known writing of the monastery dates back to 878 and it later became a Benedictine monastery in 945. It is said that it reached its maximum splendor in the 11th and 12th centuries before falling to decay in the 17th century.

The monastery has been beautifully restored and offers amazing views of the surrounding area. Walking through the Romanesque-style church, which was consecrated in the year 1022, was simply unreal. If only the walls could talk of the nearly thousand years of history that had passed.

My pictures of the Sant Pere de Rodes:

You can hike up to the pike of the mountain and the ruins of the castle of Sant de Verdera. We took this 45-minute hike and were simply awe struck by the view of the Costa Brava as shown in the panorama below.

The view of Port de la Selva and Costa Brava from above Sant Pere de Rodes.

Afterwards, I drove the 2 hours back to Barcelona for my last evening in Spain. The first chapter of my European journey was coming to a close. There is much to love about the big cities of Spain, such as Madrid and Barcelona, but there really is something special about these smaller towns. Especially those along the Costa Brava!

Next, Paris for an 11-day stay. Only 4 days into my summer trip and my home, NYC, and the time and effort I put into developing my career couldn’t be more happily removed. The beauty of travel!

Girona Trip Planning