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Ruins of Empuries

C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n, 17130, Spain
+34(0)972 770208
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Ranked #15 of 93 Attractions in Costa Brava
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums
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Laval, France
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We have been here many times and each time it leaves us feeling in awe of the ruins that have been uncovered and the history discovered. The location of the ruins beside the sea is fabulous. If you are interested in history, don't miss this place.

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Le Minier, Aveyron, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Set in a wonderful location by the sea with tended gardens to stroll around these ruins are a must. BUT more information could be provided to help one make sense of what one was seeing. The contrast between the greek and the Roman sections was very interesting. If it is a hot day take water!

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

This was a very interesting place to visit and it took us between four and five hours to view everything that we wanted to. Most of what remains of the Greek section appears to have been excavated, and you can really imagine what it would have been like to live there. The Roman section is still mostly untouched, but was... More

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Gerona, Catalonia, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Having read some of the glowing reviews I was really looking forward to spending time at this site. Theres no doubt these ruins are amazing and theres a lot to see but the site is really badly run. When you arrive by car the ticket office is on the right hand side so you have to get out to pay.... More

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Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
47 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Having been to the area extensively over the years I finally made the effort to visit the ruins and was so pleased I did. Unusually the site is home to both Greek and Roman ruins which fortunately don’t ‘contaminate’ each other. Bothe sets are impressive and can give you a good idea as to how they lived over 2000 years... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Seemed far more extensive than I remembered from my last visit 48 years ago. There is now also an modern Museum within the site between the Greek and Roman excavations which explains the historical significance of the Greek and Roman trading settlements. An important Iberian port in those times. Interpretation boards, both within the Museum and throughout the site, are... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Despite the ruins,the former size and beauty of the place can still be sensed. In fact,to be entranced by the excavations,you don't have to be an archeologist or a historian,just soak in the incomparable shore of the turquoise-blue sea,the picturesque walls between which pines and cypresses grow,the elegant floor mosaics and the individual sculptures..... awaken romantic feelings tinged with a... More

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

I would rather put more stress on the the coastal part of this beautiful region as everything about the ruins has been written ! We had good luck of walking along the coastal part of this region with our friend archeologist from Girona ! We also dip ourselves in the cold waters ( April-May ) along the coastal rockey beaches.... More

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Bordeaux, France
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

This is a huge archeological site and really informative. Following life under occupation of the Greeks and then the Romans, it's easy to see how this area evolved into two distinct, but related, communities. Fantastic views of the land, woods and sea - all important for the livlihoods of the residents. Great museum and little shop selling cards and guide... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

The drive into this extensive archaeological site leaves you completely unprepared for what you'll see immediately on arrival in the car-park. Just opposite the car park are the complex remains of a 2200 year old Greek city. (The Roman remains are on a plateau 10-15 metres above and behind the car park, so aren't immediately visible. But they're just as... More

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