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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. To visit Ruins of Empuries on your trip to L'Escala, use our L'Escala trip builder.
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  • An excellent place to learn about our past. It is the Greek city and Roman city. Very well preserved ruins. With audio-guide that is very well explained and takes us to that time, without realizing. I suggest to go with very comfortable shoes, because the visit is long. Wear a hat if you have Sun. Because it is all outdoors and without trees the area of cities. In its surroundings there are groves, but one spends much time walking directly under the Sun. Not recommend to go with very small creatures, or baby strollers. Because there are places that you cannot pass them. Something to know without a doubt.
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  • The ruins get bigger every year, since they are still digging. The audio guide was a nice touch. Overal the entire site and museum are well meantained. The only negative point that we encountered is t...  more »
  • It's really a great place and unfortunately a bit neglected. This site at 1: 00 Spanish border; along the Mediterranean (from the coves to swim nearby!) and a site amazing! Audio guides very well made, with an adaptation for children (10 and 13 years packed!) and a great space secure where even the smallest can come and go without problem! Could even dive fuck on the site (we had requested permission at the entrance) there are benches at the entrance and otherwise before entering the Roman site part. Level interest nearby don't forget to attend up to Sant Martí d ' Empúries (15 min by walking on a great bike path that runs along the sea!). It's really a great family activity not to be missed! In April the weather is ideal... attention maybe that lack of shade in the summer can visit the "warmer"!
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  • Impressive Greek and Roman city next to the beach. Easily spend 2-4 hours here.
  • Interesting audio guide the really brings the place alive-music sounds effects etc. Must be really hot in the summer since little shade. Free for teachers.
  • The explanations could be improved. It was difficult to understand the importance of this place compared to the other Roman cities along the coast (of which it seems every town along the Med. coast has one). Contextualizing the site would help to make this more unique and memorable.
  • One of the best archeological museums I have visited anywhere. The film introduction, the Museum exhibits, and the audio tour were very well done. The site is easy to access, all areas are clearly identified, and the mosaics are superb.
  • Very interesting however you really need a guide to bring out its importance