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Posted - 07/07/2005 :  22:36:12  Show Profile  Visit Sarah's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here are a few pieces about taking a tranquil stroll through the enchanting Vila Vella:

The Villa Vella, meaning ‘old town’ is a fortified village and one of several still standing on the Catalan coast. During its heyday, it accommodated some eighty houses and a magnificent gothic style church. Originally, land for building a single house could be purchased in exchange for the measly sum of one chicken!

On your way through the Vila Vella, you’ll see tiny, still-lived-in houses. A peek over a wall or through a gate induces a flashback to an entirely different existence. Deeply creviced faces peer out from black dusty robes. Nod your head in their direction and they’ll crack a toothless grin as you go by.

The turrets of this walled town set the perfect frame for a stunning photograph. Here at one of the most spectacular viewpoints of the Vila Vella, your eyes will meet a sea of whitewashed buildings topped with terracotta tiles, melting into the mountainous backdrop, and your ears will absorb the roar of the tenacious Mediterranean beating onto Playa Gran.

At a stunning viewpoint within the Vila Vella, you join a sleek bronze statue of the renowned American actress, Ava Gardner. Here the actress, worshipped by the Spanish people, is immortalised for eternity as ‘Pandora’, from the acclaimed 1951 film, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, which was filmed in Tossa.
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