The abundance of mineral water springs, rivers, torrents, hot springs and the Costa Brava’s striking presence all make water the key to interpreting La Selva’s landscape and history. This has given rise to the creation of the Territori Museu de l’Aigua (Water Territory Museum), a huge openair museum that spans the entire region and explains it starting from four thematic areas:
• Life Revolving Around the Ter shows us the human side of the transformation of the River Ter’s riverside landscape, caused by industrialization and the building of the reservoirs that today supply water to Barcelona and the Costa Brava".
• The Birthplace of Water refers to the mountainous area of Monsteny and Les Guilleries, characterized by mineral water springs that have given rise to the creation of an important bottling industry.
• The Fountain of History gives name to the region’s central part, characterized by the existence of numerous hot springs and the presence of the Iberian Peninsula’s main access road since antiquity, the Via Augusta. These circumstances have given rise to a thousand-year-old culture that still survives in the shape of Iberian villages, Roman baths, medieval castles or Romanesque churches.
• The Sea Adventure stretches out over all the coastal townships and focuses on the thousand-year-old relationship of the people of La Selva with the sea: fi shermen, lighthouse keepers and Atlantic seafarers.