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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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  • We've visited many Roman ruins over the years but this is the best place we've found to put it all in perspective. You will see beautifuĺly preserved mosaics, industrial and domestic dwellings, baths,...  more »
  • This only cost 5€ but gave us 2 hours of interest. The fee gives you an audio guide that is really detailed, and you play at different points around the site. There are mosaics and artefacts, and you ...  more »
  • Having seen on trip advisor about this place, we put on our sat nav and ended up going to a different place which was a town 17 Kms north. You need to put in L'escala. Once we got there we spent about...  more »
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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