Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret

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Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret

Museu d'Arqueologia de Catalunya - Ullastret
4.5
Ancient Ruins • History Museums
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Located on a small hill, the Iberian city of Ullastret overlooks the gentle and peaceful countryside of the Empordà. Between VIth and IInd centuries BC it was one of the largest concentrations of population in the pre-Roman Iberian Peninsula, and the capital town of the indiketes. Strolling among its streets, houses and stately buildings, exploring its magnificent city walls and visiting the museum, will take you back more than 2.500 years ago, at the heart of the Iberian culture.
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Tamerlans007
Badalona, Spain1,804 contributions
The bigest Iberian culture archaeological site in the world. They probide you an audioguide to understand the visit but you must watch the video with a 3D rebuilding of the city to understand how it was in the 3rd century BC. The entrance is free for teachers.
Written January 4, 2020
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Rosan58
Hampshire, UK106 contributions
Family
Impressive ruins of an ancient Iberian civilisation. Well explained in English with a free audio guide. New for this year is a 3D short film recreating the city as it appeared just before it fell to the Romans.
Written August 16, 2016
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Bill D
Kendal, UK53 contributions
Couples
We discovered this ancient archaeological site more or less by accident. It was mentioned in passing in various guides to Catalonia as "an interesting Iberian site", but none gave any clue as to what "Iberian" meant in this context, nor of its antiquity. We spotted the signpost pointing to it on the minor road outside the small town of Ullastret, and decided to give it a look.

It's fantastic!

It's a well preserved 6th century BC, pre-Roman city, with massive defensive walls of hewn granite blocks, streets of what were recognizably houses and shops, temples, and also vestigial remains of a medieval castle. There's an excellent museum displaying many of the artefacts recovered during excavations (and the curator was helpful and happy to spend time chatting).

There were also fabulous views all around from outside the museum, including in the distance the high Pyrenees, the triple peaks of the Montgri hills, and the Gavarres.

Unfortunately, excavations are still a work in progress, so large parts of the site aren't accessible, but even so, it's a great place to spend an hour or so on a tour of the area.

Highly recommended!
Written April 25, 2014
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Joseph C
Niederbronn-Les-Bains, France38 contributions
It's nice too see such archaeological site far away from historical big cities, but we probably need 2 hours max to make a round outside and visit the museum. So I'll advice to visit if you are not far away from the area, but don't expect the best discover you ever made. I also thing that objects description in english inside the museum should be better for foreign visitors.
Written August 20, 2014
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Ewan G
Bognor Regis, UK163 contributions
Family
We found Ullastret Poble Iberico (Iberiand village) almost by accident - what a happy chance! There are signs for it in various places but nothing had prepared us for how stunning it was. The location is beautiful with great views but the enormity of realising what has been found there is astonishing. There is a well reconstructed set of ruins dating back to the 6th century BC but the detail and richness of the artefacts in the onsite museum are just astounding. We left ourselves short of time to explore it properly but it opened our eyes to the history and prehistory of the Costa Brava.
Written August 17, 2013
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Daniel R
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain320 contributions
Family
Huge Iberian walls and well conserved structures around 25 hundred years old...a cultural visit even young children will enjoy. The museum was fine; it could have shown more things, but was nice and neatly presented. All in a wonderful environment. If you have the chance and the weather is nice, take a walk around the surrounding fields.
Written March 30, 2018
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Lewissmit
Sale, UK35 contributions
Couples
Good museum in a fantastic location. The Iberian remnants are the real reason for visiting. The huge defensive walls are particularly impressive, compared with some sites a lot remains and it's not difficult to envisage how the town functioned.

We visited in late October and as well as being sparsely attended for seasonal reasons (but not neglected) the visit was very generously free. Don't be deterred though it really is worth the paying the modest (3€?) entry fee.

Look out for the c17 ecclesiastical stone bits outside the meseum, to my regret I forgot to ask where they are from, indeed the building housing the museum is something of an enigma. More questions, more reasons to visit again.

Good stuff.
Written November 9, 2016
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GerryRua
Dublin, Ireland149 contributions
Solo
The ruins here are impressive. You walk around and marvel at how these people lived over 6000 years ago. If your in the area, have a look
Written March 16, 2015
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Charlotte O
Manchester, UK42 contributions
Couples
This was one of the highlights of our trip. Although it was quite small, the atmosphere was amazing. In addition to the usual exhibitions there was an opera style cinema event happening in which short films were displayed on huge screens, coupled with opera and an amazing light show. Not to be missed.
Written October 21, 2013
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Walkers Adventure
Castro Valley, CA183 contributions
Couples
We visited the museum by bicycle, as part of a week's bicycle tour around Catalonia. The archaeological site has dug up old walls and cisterns and grain storage bins dating from the 7th century BCE. The plaques at the dig have descriptions in three languages, including English, which enables us to take it all in. The museum has pottery and tools and explanations, free for seniors, with a guidebook explaining the displays in English.
Written April 19, 2013
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