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  • Entering Empúries via parking lot.
    Entering Empúries via parking lot.
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  • Temple of Asklepiós.
    Temple of Asklepiós.
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  • The museum towers over Empúries.
    The museum towers over Empúries.
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    Empúries – Only 25% has been excavated.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 15, 2013
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    You can get an audio guided visit of Empúries, ask at the information point in the car park (where you'll buy your tickets). We didn’t and wanted explore it by our own on our own tempo. The things I liked the most were the water purification system, the erotic (phallic) drinking vessels in the museum and the massive Roman Walls. In the museum we learned that only in 1908 the scientific recovery of Empúries started and excavations took place and have continued almost without interruption to the present. At the moment only 25% of the site has been excavated. Empúries is an archaeological park making up part of the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia.

    We kept on walking to (for example) the ruins of a Christian basilica and Visigoth sarcophagi that can be found in the harbour area. Of the Roman town, the southern wall, the amphitheatre and the arena are preserved as well as the ruins of a Roman villa. It was a noteworthy visit where we saw Greek bronze, ceramic and lots of sculptures. So thanks to my friends at Virtual Tourist we went to Empúries and we weren’t disappointed. Empúries has lots of free parking close to the ruins, a beach just outside the site, a museum (free with site admission) and a small cafe. My tip: do visit!

    Address: 17130 Empúries, L’Escala.
    Directions: Empúries is located to the west of route A7 between Barcelona and Afranca in far northwestern Spain.

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    • Archeology
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    Empúries – Mild entrance fee.

    by Jerelis Updated Jan 15, 2013
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    To be honest, this is quite a difficult tip (place) to write about and not end up with a summary of important dates of its history only. But it is very important to realize that the ground you’re walking on was inhabited throughout the 7th century BC, quite something difficult to imagine. Walking around made me a bit humble realizing that all this history has taken place. Besides that the village of Empúries has been noted by a lot of people as the most important archaeological site in Spain, like the ruins of the Greek Paleopolis at Sant Marti d´Empuries, with the Neopolis, necropolis and the Roman Ruins as well as the museum of the excavations.

    We entered Empúries via the parking lot and found out that the entrance fee was really mild. Only EUR6,- for an adult and EUR3,- per kid. The first thing we saw was the huge wall of the southern sector and the Temple of Asklepiós, it immediately had my attention. A good thing was that almost everything was explained via sign on which everything was written down in Spanish and English. We walked our way around in the Greek city (Néa Pólis) and I even saw that the kids were impressed by what they saw. Another highlight was that from every point we were we had a clear view at the nice beaches and sea. What a view!

    Address: 17130 Empúries, L’Escala.
    Directions: Empúries is located to the west of route A7 between Barcelona and Afranca in far northwestern Spain.
    034972770208
    http://www.mac.cat/Seus/Empuries

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    Empúries – Important archaeological site.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 4, 2013
    Entering Emp��ries via parking lot.
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    It is always great to actually visit a place where you read about on Virtual Tourist at first. By the time I knew we were going to the northern part of Spain for our summer holiday I did some research about the region at Virtual Tourist and saw numerous tips about Empúries. I even asked a question about it on the forum of Empúries and got some useful tips. And then the time was come to actually visit the place, it was such an great experience. Thank you all who showed us the way … the power of Virtual Tourist!

    The important archaeological site at Empúries was inhabited by different civilizations over the ages. The city was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC. Later the Romans arrived, bringing reforms and new wealth to the city. It disappeared in the 3rd century AD with the invasion of the Franks. The area conserves small houses with mosaic floors in white marble, Roman cisterns, the foundations of the porticoed square and the sacred area of the temples of Aesculapius and Zeus Serapis. They are still working at the site and the excavations carried out have so far uncovered numerous different items, including bronze pieces, ceramics and Greek sculptures.

    Address: 17130 Empúries, L’Escala.
    Directions: Empúries is located to the west of route A7 between Barcelona and Afranca in far northwestern Spain.

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    • Historical Travel
    • Museum Visits

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