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Ruins of Empuries

C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n, 17130, Spain
+34(0)972 770208
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Ranked #14 of 69 Attractions in Costa Brava
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Museums, Cultural
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

If you are touring around the Costa Brava and the Roses Bay, you should not miss this place. The location is excellent and it is very interesting to see the ruins and treasures of ancient times. The mosaic floors still shine, amazing! Though I think they should be better protected. There is still a lot to do in this place.... More

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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

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
46 helpful votes 46 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
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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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7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
48 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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34 helpful votes 34 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
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13 helpful votes 13 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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