The monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, 7 km (4½ miles) by car (plus a 20-minute walk) above the pretty fishing village El Port de la Selva, is one of the most spectacular sites on the Costa Brava. Built in the 10th and 11th centuries by Benedictine monks—and sacked and plundered repeatedly since—this Romanesque monolith, recently restored, commands a breathtaking panorama of the Pyrenees, the Empordà plain, the sweeping curve of the Bay of Roses, and Cap de Creus.
(Topping off the grand trek across the Pyrenees, Cap de Creus is a spectacular six-hour walk from here on the well-marked GR11 trail.) One-hour, guided visits to the monastery in English are available (€2.95). In July and August, the monastery is the setting for the annual Festival Sant Pere (www.festivalsantpere.com 972/194233 or 610/310073), drawing top-tier classical musicians from all over the world. The website publishes the calendar of events (in Spanish); phone for reservations—and to book a postconcert dinner in the monastery's refectory-style restaurant.