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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.
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C/ Puig i Cadafalch s/n | L'Escala, 17130, Spain
+34 972 77 02 08
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Reviewed 19 June 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...More

1  Thank Rosemary T
Reviewed 16 June 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...More

5  Thank Alan R
Reviewed 10 June 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...More

2  Thank clivec186387
Reviewed 28 May 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...More

1  Thank Eli B
Reviewed 23 May 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...More

Thank Itzhak S
Reviewed 16 May 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...More

2  Thank Helen K
Reviewed 24 April 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...More

3  Thank Bill D
Reviewed 16 March 2014

We Loved seeing the old Greek and Roman city by the Mediterranean . This is a great way to tap into the ancient trading routes of the old world. These traders had a spa , a hospital , wine cellars, grain storage and places to...More

Thank TrinityD7
Reviewed 5 March 2014

The site is marvelous. The Greek ruins are near the sea, and the Roman ruins are a bit inland. The ruins have several existing antiquities like statutes and murals. And the whole thing is on the Mediterranean sea. The water is a beautiful blue that...More

Thank Jery P
Reviewed 1 February 2014

Empúries was founded on a small island at the mouth of the river Fluvià in northeastern Spain by Greek colonists from Phocaea in 575 BCE. Prior to that time the area was predominatly inhabited by an early Iberian tribe known as the Indigetes. In 550...More

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Yvonne V
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Response from Chenonceau14 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely the morning. The sites faces east so the sun would be coming from that side and anyway at that time of the year the light will be relatively soft as it will be late autumn or winter.
23 August 2017|
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Response from KateSmith47 | Reviewed this property |
There is a beach there but we didn't use it. If you have a car there are plenty if beaches in the area. 😊
Barbara H
8 January 2017|
Response from Colin G | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure. I don't remember seeing any dogs but that doesn't mean they are not allowed. Sorry I cannot be more helpful.