La Bisbal is the Costa Brava’s third most important inland town after Girona and Figueres, and comprises two distinct districts – the old and new.
The New Town is straggled along the main road and nearly every every shop offers products of the local ceramics industry. This competition has resulted in a wide selection of flower pots, tubs decorative tiles and kitchen articles etc being offered for sale at prices which are a fraction of those elsewhere in Catalonia and the Costa Brava. Large, traditional glazed garden tubs are just a few euro. This alone is a great reason to visit La Bisbal.
Although many people visit the town with the sole purpose of buying ceramics , the old town has much more to offer.
The Old Town’s original bridge over the River Daró is at the north west edge of the town. This 17th century bridge, Pont Vell, is now a footbridge and stands on the foundations of a Romanesque bridge which had been washed away by a torrent. Even in winter, the river is now hardly a stream and in summer it is virtually dry.
La Bisbal’s most important building is the fortified Palace of the Bishops of Girona, Castell Palau de la Bisbal, on the Plaça Castell. This heavily fortified castle provided the bishops with additional security by uniquely siting the chapel on the roof of the defences. A trap door in the chapel leads directly to the Bishop’s quarters below.
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