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Ruins of Empuries, Costa Brava

(4.6/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • On the advice of our hotel we visited the ruins of Empuries. What a disappointment! We expected to visit ruins of interest while outside a museum presenting a statue whose origin is discussed, you will find only piles of rocks. If you have already visited the Pont du Gard or the city of Nîmes and its square House or the Roman ruins of Vaison romaine, you can't be that disappointed. The only positive point is the location on the beach. The worst is the audio-guide that knocks you out with anecdotes but irrelevant past alongside history. On the other hand, to reach the ruins through the industrial area of L'Escala and the entrance to the site is an atrocious contemporary decoffre concrete building... Better to visit the small picturesque village of Sant Martí of Empuries.
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  • Excellent visit to learn about our past history. Perfect activity to do in family. If you visit it in summer, don't forget the CAP to avoid the Sun. Ample parking. Price very reasonable for 5€ per person. Magnificent the explanations of the audioguide.
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  • We visited the ruins take the option to visit dramatized for 4 euros more per person. The truth is that it's worth much. The work of Iulia, Roman name for the patricia that guided us during the tour is commendable, making the visit a luxury available to few. Lot of transmitted information of very pleasant way that made even children not became them nothing heavy path that lasts an hour and a half. Then visit the Museum and a little more the facilities to our roll. Without a doubt, if you visit the area, don't miss this visit and take the guided tour option.
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