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Review of Ruins of Empuries

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 25 October 2017

A huge site of Greek and Roman remains with some stunning mosaics in the Roman citadel.
We were advised to allow an hour and a half for the visit but as avid fans of the old Time Team programme we spent nearly 4 hours there and still could have stayed longer. Amazing value for money!

Thank Angela B
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Reviewed 22 October 2017

The ruins at Empuries contain the remains of two ancient cities -- one Greek and one Roman.The Greek city of Emporion represents the Western-most settlement of the Greeks discovered to date. When the Romans came and built their city nearby, they incorporated the Greek city into their own and called the place Emporiae. Today the area is Empuries. The ruins are extensive with much to see and marvel at. I was especially impressed by the lovely mosaic tile floors that were in the villas of the Roman city; these are covered by sand in the winter months for protection, and can only be viewed from April - October. If you go, be sure to visit the museum on site, as it is free with the modest admission fee, and is filled with wonderful items and artifacts found at the site. My companion and I were on a hiking holiday in the area and were hiking from L'Escala to Castillo d'Empuries. The ruins were along our route and we spent about 2 hours exploring this amazing attraction.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

Amazingly large area to have a look at which means that visitors do not feel crowded together. So many remains, quite uunusual.

Thank sophia27
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

At €5.50 per adult this place was really good value. Very interesting and scenic, plus an audio guide included for the price which had some great information about the site and the way life used to be here. Well worth a visit

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Reviewed 20 September 2017

Having read about this site in the UK I was determined to visit it on our trip to Spain. Well worth it. The site, particularly the Greek section is large but eAsy to walk round following the excellent route in the audio guide which is included in the 8€ admission. This guide is very informative. Easy to visualise it as a large bustling city and port. The uncovered roman remains are fewer but the mosaics here are spectacular andd a real treat to see them in their natural environment. The remaining city walls are impressive as is getting the impression on the size of the forum. The central museum has interesting artefacts. It would be lovely to have a cafe here on the terrace for a half way rest looking over the site to the view of the sea.
We spent 3 hours plus here so it's a full day out. Make sure you use the museum car park as it's easy to park in the beachside one by mistake.

1  Thank mabel98
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