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 Costa Brava attractions using our handy Costa Brava online vacation planner .
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  • A very well organized site for users to enjoy a visit that lasts about 2 hours. Upon entering they give you an audio guide to know information about the ruins that can be visited. Before we start there's a really cool little projection. I recommend not skipping any points or accelerating the recording, as it is narrated very kindly.
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  • the Costa Brava are the beaches, the charming little villages, the exotic gardens and the seaside walks and ... this Greco-Roman site. It's a must.A. the site, the home panorama, and the pages of ancient history .... Very interesting.
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  • Use the large parking lot of the nearby beaches: it is free by stamping the ticket at the entrance to the ruins. Park at the bottom left at the top, you are close to the ticket office of the ruins. The place is of remarkable landscape beauty. The ruins of the Greek city are close to the beach. It was an important port city. And the Greek city where at the beginning of the Second Punica War in 218 BC landed the Romans, who in a decade of harsh war conquered Carthaginian Spain, cutting off supplies to Hannibal in Italy Do not expect the spectacularness of ancient Ostia or the ports Greeks and Romans of Libya and Turkey, here the ruins are never more than half a meter high and, apart from a few mosaics, no important architectural parts remain. However, careful excavation work has been carried out, very well illustrated in the many explanatory signs (in Catalan, Spanish, English and French) and it is therefore possible to get a precise idea of the city with its walls, houses, temples, public places and activities. You can visit the ruins of the Greek city, the small museum (with some statues and interesting object), and an area of the central part of the Roman city, built about 300 meters further inside, reusing the Greek area for the port and industrial activities. Before your visit it is useful to look at the area on Google Earth, to understand its arrangement (and the location of the parking lot)
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