Ruins of Empuries
Ruins of Empuries
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Empúries is one of the finest historic settings in Catalonia.Two cities, one Greek and one Roman, set by the sea at L’Escala on the south of the Bay of Roses, named by Unesco as one of the most beautiful in the world.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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York, ME53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We spent three hours wandering around the two major colonies of Empuries, first the Greek ruins, then the Roman ones. There is a lot to cover, and the audio guide is excellent. It's easy to see why this place became an important trading site: from several vantage points, you can look out from the ruins and see the Mediterranean. Visiting here, you do really feel like you've been given access to a historical perspective you would otherwise not have. The complex is well organized, and you will find restrooms at the entrance as well as at the museum. For the rest of your visit, though, you will have a lot of sun exposure, so plan the timing of the visit carefully, bring sunscreen and/or an umbrella, and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Written July 10, 2023
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G_Olchen
77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
We have been at the end of September. Luckily the it wasn't too hot anymore, otherwise I would recommend to bring an umbrella since most of the ruins are in the open without shadows.

The audio guide is very well made, available in many different languages and make the whole visit very worth it.

Additionally, even if you don't want to listen to the whole guide, the archeological site is very pretty and the sea right next to it give it a nice atmosphere. There is also plenty of garden that is in very good condition, so it's also fine to just walk around.

I personally would have been interested in some more information on the science of archeological methods that have been used to uncover all of the cites. But maybe that is something to come in the future :)

All in all a very good experience that I can recommend.
Written September 24, 2022
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,366 contributions
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Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a fairly large archeological site which includes vestiges of a Greek city next to a more recent Roman city.
The site is in a park overlooking the sea.
There is a small museum presenting some of the artifacts discovered there.
The museum is being renovated and only a few highlights are shown currently,they include a stunning Greek Statue
Written March 14, 2024
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Steve J
London, UK1,201 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I suspect your view of this will depend on where you have been before. Compared to say Jeresh there is little here to see, though its clearly a site of archeological significance.

That said there is a very good audio tour on the history of the site and on the specific buildings. At 6€ it doesn’t break the bank either but I wouldn’t make a big detour for it either
Written March 21, 2020
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geoffmaple
Langport, UK13 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Family
Amazing and a must see. Spent about 4 hours here and still didn’t see it all. One of the best preserved Roman and Greek archaeological sites we’ve ever been to. Beautiful views of the coast.
Written August 6, 2023
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Alan R
Markfield, UK800 contributions
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Jun 2014 • Friends
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 ago. For some this could be a quick tour round but for others you could spend hours if you so wished. There are some quite stunning mosaics which have unbelievably stood the test of time. For those of you that have walked the ‘Red Road’ from L’Escala to St Marti ( lovely cafes in the square for a drink or too!) you can also see the partial remains of the original Greek or Roman quay. No wonder when the Olympics were in Barcelona this bit of coastline with a break water at St Marti was chosen for the landing place of the flame from Greece. The ruins are never really busy – if they were in the UK or Italy the tourists would be all over them like a rash – thankfully they’re not and are a truly a hidden gem with yet more to be unearthed as the continual excavations show.
Written June 16, 2014
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Nanaimo B.C.210 contributions
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Oct 2014 • Couples
This “Park” consists of some of the best-preserved Greek and Roman ruins in Europe. The Ruins are a bit off of the beaten track but well worth the drive once you arrive. Empuries is located right on the Mediterranean Costa Brava coast midway between L’Escala and the village of Sant Marti.
The grounds are expansive and offer an outstanding selection of both Greek and Roman ruins. As the area was first settled and developed by the early Greeks in approximately 500 BC and then resettled by the Romans during the Punic Wars in 218 BC you can find both the Greek and Roman settlements.
We enjoyed the well-preserved mosaics located within the Roman walled City.
There is an admission fee at the site but it is nominal and well worth every penny. Take your time to stroll the grounds. It will take you the better part of a morning or afternoon to see it all. AND, don’t forget to visit the Museum, which is located on site as it is excellent, and houses many of the original artifacts uncovered at Empuries. Highly recommended.
Written January 2, 2015
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leminier
Burntisland, UK116 contributions
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Jul 2014 • Couples
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!
Written July 2, 2014
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James B
Dublin, Ireland78 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Came here as I enjoying classical history and I haven't seen Roman ruins outside of Rome and Tarragona before. For such a low price is it well worth visiting if you have time to while staying in Catalonia.

The audio guide is quiet informative, though even though I love history I found it somewhat less engaging/boring at times. However that is not to say it was bad. The ruins themselves give you a very nice look into Greek and Roman Urban planning. It is amazing what they have dug up and what is still to be found. I hope they can get the money to further excavate the Roman section as there is much to be discovered. I really found it interesting that there was still the remains of the Roman wall. A bonus is that this is the only sight on the Iberian peninsula that has both Greek and Roman ruins at the same sight.
Written September 4, 2019
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J E
Stenungsund, Sweden71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
A stop to not miss ...
The entrance price is reasonable.
Self audio guide, included in the price, is excellent, it takes you right into the past as you are guidad to walk and go back in time.
Good introductory film to get you orientated to the times that you are about to see and experience.
Fascinating Greek and Roman history.
Small but very informative museum also included in the price.
Free parking when you get your parking ticket stampen at the ruins entrance (2 hours)
Written July 3, 2019
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