The chapel of Santa Anna is located on a small promontory at the entrance of the town of Breda, in the region of La Selva, Girona. The ascent is by a dirt road. The chapel has a single nave with a small detached building on the northern side and a belfry. Although its origins date back to the sixteenth century, the current building is from the late eighteenth century. The chapel is only open twice a year: For the festival of St. Anne (July 26) and on September 11, National Day of Catalonia. The place is frequented by walkers, as you can see it offers wonderful views not only of Breda, but also of the Montseny and Montnegre mountains.
Within Els Forns Cultural Center, in the center of Breda, is a small permanent exhibition of ceramic craft products, typical of the area. There is also a small tourist information counter providing numerous pamphlets and brochures, recommended routes within the region of the Forest and the province of Girona, publications, photographs and historical reviews of Breda and its surroundings. Open weekends.
Can Bosc is a vast rural area that has forests, orchards and a beautiful farm, great for school trips. My son was in the summer manor of 2008, and has very fond memories. Room to run, to feel free and to learn. Contact with deer, horses, cows and donkeys made this activity a very nice summer experience.
This architectural complex is popularly known as "the Cathedral of the Forest" (la Catedral de la Selva), the name of the region. In what was a former Benedictine monastery, the 32 meter high tower remains intact, as well as part of the church. The building is from the XI century.
A beautiful courtyard that you can only reach from the main road if you go through an archway and a small tunnel. This courtyard, of the fifteenth century, is located in what was the old abbey, and the bottom is connected to the remaining ruins of the cloister. It was restored by the General Directorate of Artistic Patrimony. Inside, the well that supplied water to the village is still in tact.
Breda is the setting for the popular Catalan television series Vent Del Pla. Following the success of the novel the village organized a tour to visit the main places where the program is recorded, it is sponsored by the City and with a map in hand you have the itinerary. Among the places mentioned are: The Bar Tramuntana, schools, La Ermita de Santa Anna and the Magic Tree.
Before Pla Vent, Breda was known (and still known) for the work they do in ceramics. The handicrafts of ceramics and pottery have been spread throughout the world and the office has adapted to modern technologies. On the main shopping street, Arbucias, there are many local wholesale and retail of products and it is not uncommon to find foreign coaches full of tourists who make the stop in the village to buy their handmade products. It is an art that this society does not want to lose and is passed from generation to generation, a traditional craft that identifies them.
Els Forns is where famous ceramics of Breda were once manufactured, today it is an information and cultural center. It has a permanent exhibition of ceramic objects, you can see the old furnace and chimney (artistically illuminated after refurbishment in 2003) and features spacious rooms with temporary exhibitions. I had the opportunity to see inside last year.
The Plaza del Doctor Rovira, is one of the main parts of the city. It has been the scene of the famous series of Pla Vent and many of the cultural activities of the people, including the Giants party. It is square in shape and raised from the street level, with wooded banks, and is located in the place where the old town begins.
The Town Hall and the Museum Aragay are in the remains of what was the church of Santa Maria, where the apse is preserved. It was the old parish church and is now the St. Lawrence Church. The origins of St. Mary's Church date back to the ninth and eleventh centuries.
Giants of Breda are in the municipality of Breda, with many of the events held in Catalonia. The couple of Giants, Hippolytus and Anna, represent a marriage of craftsmen who perform work in ceramics, one of the trades that has traditionally identified the population. Hippolytus was named in honor of the patron of potters Sant Ippolito. Presented on September 7, 1996 it weighs 40 kg and is 3.60 meters. Anna, the giantess was named in honor of the saint of one of the chapels of the municipality. She weighs 35 kg and is 3.50 meters. The giants were designed by Francesc Mas and were constructed with polyester and fiberglass Caracartró Workshop Artur Garcia in Breda.