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Castell d'Emporda - Luxury holidays to Catalonia

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  • About this holiday

    Castell d’Empordà is a luxurious four-star hotel in the heart of the Catalan countryside, surrounded by an exquisite expanse of patchwork fields just outside the quaint village of La Bisbal d’Empordà. The historic castle building is home to many of the public areas and a number of guestrooms, while the rest are located in more contemporary wings with stunning countryside views. The swimming pool and Drac Restaurant also enjoy glorious views from their location in the shadow of the castle itself, making this a leisurely setting for whiling away your time on Spain’s east coast.

    The journey and how you get there


    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with British Airways London to Barcelona, car hire and bed and breakfast.

    Holiday prices

    Sample prices for a luxury holiday to Castell d’Emporda are per person based on two people sharing a Tower room.
    Low season from £1040 per person for 7 nights.
    High season from £1270 per person for 7 nights.
    The prices displayed here are a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    A unique property set around a hilltop castle in a picturesque setting, perfect for relaxation or exploration of the surrounding countryside.

    Hotel description

    Castell d’Empordà is a four-star luxury hotel in the heart of the Catalan countryside, surrounded by an exquisite expanse of patchwork fields just outside the quaint village of La Bisbal d’Empordà. In this rural setting, the hotel is a commanding sight; within 12 hectares of land filled with olive and oak trees, the original castle has stood here since the 12th to 13th century. The grounds of Castell d’Empordà are wonderfully landscaped, with the pinnacle being the age-old tower which casts into shade a large dining terrace. From here you can survey panoramic views, while the glorious outdoor swimming pool adjacent is similarly leisurely spot for reclining and taking in the countryside before you. The original charm of the castle remains untouched, though the site has seen significant development by its Dutch owners, whose labour of love it has been to transform the property into a luxurious holiday destination. In this renovation work, Castell d’Emporda has been revived with modern touches, and two new wings have been added to the site to offer more contemporary accommodation. Sitting harmoniously alongside the castle, these structures are built discreetly into the hillside, lying below the two extended terraces – one holding the swimming pool, the other an ornamental garden. The 38 guestrooms of Castell d’Empordà are therefore split between old and new structures to offer a variety of settings and room types. In the castle there are eight rooms and one unique tower suite, while the modern wing holds eight suites and 18 rooms, all with private balconies overlooking the gardens and the beautiful countryside. The dining experience at Castell d’Emporda is central to the service, with Drac Restaurant providing several menus of either gourmet cuisine or more casual meals throughout the day. The restaurant is open to the public, with Chef Mariano Citterio drawing ingredients fresh from the region and preparing them using slow cooking principles. With the restaurant’s open kitchen, guests will enjoy seeing the kitchen staff at work. Warm and welcoming, the Castell d’Emporda experience is one of luxury and natural beauty within the Catalonian countryside – perfect for exploring Spain’s east coast.


    Rural location outside the small town of La Bisbal Empordà, just a few miles away from the Costa Brava

    Official star rating


    Annual opening

    23 March to 4 November

    Distance from airport

    Barcelona Airport El Prat, 88 miles

    Closest airport

    Barcelona Airport

    Room types

    Castell d’Emporda offers 38 guestrooms, some within the castle and tower and others in a newer building with with balconies overlooking the countryside.
    Tower Rooms
    Castle Rooms
    Suite Pere Margerit
    Dali Rooms
    Garden Rooms
    Garden Suites

    Hotel facilities and services

    Two heated swimming pools, Two restaurants, Bar, Garden, Sun terrace.

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    The mediaeval village of La Bisbal d’Emporda and the beaches of the Costa Brava. Girona is a 40-minute drive away, with its beautiful old town and eclectic architecture.

    Sports nearby

    Walking, Hiking, Water sports on the coast.


    A maximum of one additional person can occupy Garden Suites and Garden and Castle Rooms. Tower Rooms cannot accommodate an extra bed.

    Minimum stays

    Minimum stay of 3 nights during July and August. Minimum stay of 2 nights during May, June and September.

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