Routes along the Costa Brava

Archeological route

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Costa Brava has some of the most fascinating archeological deposits of all the peninsular East. Ancient towns that shows us the lifestyle of the Iberian or the remains of the arrival of Greeks and Romans to the Iberian Peninsula.

Empúries

We start our day in Empúries ruins, where the Greek town will welcome us. The impressive city walls of the Neapolis help us to get an idea of the building capacity of this colonists. In a few metres of the entrance there is Asclepio statue, Greek god of medicine and one of the main icons in Empúries.

Our walk through Neapolis will take us to different areas of the city: the temples, the stoa, the homes, the salting factory, etc.

It is important to reserve time to see calmly the Roman city and the museum because, visually, it may seem that our visit ends in the Greek city but we really still have much to discover.

Some stairs will take us to the impressive and proud Roman city. There is still a lot to dig, but what we can see allows us to get an idea of its dimensions and importance.

One of the spaces that will surely call our attention is the Forum, where have been invested a big restoration, although it is easy that the spectacular domus and its worked mosaics take part of our time.

If we have time before having lunch, we can go to El Portitxol beach and bath. During summer months there is an enabled direct access between the deposit and the beach.

The options to have lunch are multiple. We can get closer to Sant Martí d'Empúries, where a part of eating we can visit this ancient capital of Empúries county. Very recommended.

Another option is get closer to l'Escala, a tourist town where we will find a lot of gastronomic options to all the tastes.

Ullastret

After having lunch we will move some kilometres to the Iberian city of Ullastret.

One of the first characteristics that will call our attention in this city is its powerful defensive structure, leaded because of its geographical location on the top of Sant Andreu hill, its powerful city walls, and the trench recently discovered by the archeologists.

The diferent archeological interventions carried out since the second half of the XXth century until today, have discovered temples, cisterns, silos, homes and other multiple spaces that permit us to understand better the importance of this town in the Iberian culture.

Our visit end in the museum, where there is an exhibition of the main pieces found during the archeological interventions. In front of the museum, we can enjoy a privileged viewpoint that offers us one of the most beautiful pictures in Baix Empordà.

Palamós

The last point of our route will take us to Platja del Castell, in Palamós. When we arrive to the beach, our first boost will be enter to the sea, but we will leave it to the end, because next to the beach there is the amazing Iberian village of Castell. This deposit is built in a little peninsula that rises in front of the beach and dominate all the surrounding territory.

The different spaces and buildings of this town are built in terraces, taking advantage of the big slope of the terrain. The state of conservation of the deposit is notable. During our visit we will see the different architectural and urbanistic components that formed this spectacular village. The steep orography of the terrain has caused that over the centuries, some parts of the village have fall to the sea, being irrecoverable.

We wil put the full stop to our day, as we said before, taking a bath in Platja del Castell. Later we can go to Palamós and have dinner, where are very apreciated their tasty prawn, and has one of the main market of fish in Costa Brava.

Extra information: One day before the route we can take information of the prices and schedules of the different diposits in MAC (Museo de Arqueología de Catalunya).


Points of interest on this route

L'Escala

L'Escala

Towns in Costa Brava - L'Escala