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Ruins of Empuries
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Costa Brava Day Trip from Barcelona
Ranked #10 of 220 things to do in Costa Brava
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This is a very large ancient site. Greek then Roman remains are excavated here. There really are only the stones in the ground and a few above remaining but the museum is very enlightening. Allow a couple of hours to fully explore this site to get the best from it.

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"small museum"
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"mosaic floors"
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Reviewed 28 August 2017

This site is very impressive and makes a great day out. The audio guide included in the price is very interesting with adult and child commentaries. There isn't much shade, but the air conditioned museum is half way round between the Greek and Roman ruins so gives you some respite from the heat. You can walk through the car park down to the beach after for a swim to cool down. The sandy beach has a café, pedalo and sunbed hire.

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Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

Less than €5 if you're with kids (under 2s free) and could easily spend a full day here exploring! Good audio tour and a really interesting place with both Greek and Roman ruins! Shame there isn't more of a cafe to stop at, but there is a vending machines by the toilets in the museum!

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We took the bus from Girona to L'Escala then walked along the promenade to the Ruins of Empuries. Lovely walk. The ruins are exceptionally good value, only 5.5 Euro per adult which includes an entertaining audio guide. We spent a few hours there happily. Be aware there isn't much shade once you are in so plenty of sun cream recommended! Only giving 4 stars as maybe would be nice to see some more reconstructions to help envisage what the old cities were like. Afterwards we spent a relaxing few hours on the beach before hopping on the bus home. Fabulous day trip from Girona.

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

While there are a number of great Greek and Roman ruins around Europe, Empuries stands out for both its history and the way in which life during the Greek and Roman times was lived. There are certainly more substantial and better preserved ruins around Europe, but often visitors are left wondering how the city/town fitted together both physically and socially. In many cases one is merely left surveying piles or organised stones, a remarkable as that can be at times. This is certainly not the case with Empuries, and anyone contemplating a visitor should take the time to listen to the audio-guide as it is extremely well done, provide great context and holding the interested listener as a captive audience. The narrative is light and moves fairly quickly through the reasons that early Greeks arrived here, what the purpose of the port town was, and how they lived. This is followed by the consequent takeover by the Romans and its subsequent decline. Perhaps the best part of the visit is being able to make the connection between the way in which the society lived and the physical ruins themselves. Having visited a number of ruins, this is rarely achieved, and therefore the administration of Empuries are to be commended. Well worth a visit.

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