Ruins of Empuries, Costa Brava

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Lying hidden until 1908, Ruins of Empuries on Spain’s Costa Brava represents nearly 2,500 years of Mediterranean history. Visit this ancient port, originally built by the Greeks, in order to see firsthand its archaeological remains and preserved structures. Marvel at the town’s large stone walls, built later by the Romans, as you wander its mosaic-lined streets. The necropolis offers a glimpse of the diversity of Empuries’ inhabitants and rulers through the centuries, and should not be missed. Stop by the city’s museum, which explains its history from pre-Christian times until the Middle Ages, and ponder the daily life of locals from era to era. An on-site parking lot is available, and the ruins can also be reached via a pedestrianized coastal trail from the town of L’Escala. The site is quite large and an extensive visit will require much walking. Work out when and for how long to visit Ruins of Empuries and other L'Escala attractions using our handy L'Escala online vacation planner .
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  • Spent over 3 hours at Empúries - what an amazing site spanning extensive Greek and Roman towns. The curators have done a superb job of both the excavations and the interpretive presentations to provid...  more »
  • So you love history, you don't see Empúries. You will see in the same city two of the greatest civilizations, the Greek and the Roman. The entrance is remodeled, before you can view an audiovisual, what before did not provide. There is no forgetting what the Museum is, it is worth to see it. And also pass through the village of scale, where they exit the anchovies.
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  • Being for the area it is worth approaching on sunny day to visit the two cities, the Greek and the Roman. Beside the sea, the site is well maintained and is funny to see how they lived.
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  • Don't expect too much to be standing but to be fair, most digs are going to be worth it only if you are willing to invest the time required to understand the layout, history and use your imagination to fill in the complete picture. Free audioguide.
  • This is one of the most significant archeological sites of the Western Mediterranean. The ruins of the Greek and Roman cities can be seen. Original mosaic floors are on display during the summer months. There is a museum and multi-lingual electronic guides are available. The setting, with its backdrop of the mountains to the North and West, and bounded by the sea to the East, is unforgettable.
  • Fun and interesting place, make sure you take the audio guide with you. Also, they have guided tours with actors dressed as Romans or Greeks telling the story from their point of view.
  • Very interesting archeological site. Largest Roman Greek excavation in Spain. Worth a visit if its not so hot.
  • With the audioguide ,the kids have been able to understand the visit Magic trip to Greek and Roman era !nice spot to visit right after the opening of the site in summer because of the heat. The visits can take 2.30 hours.

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