Empúries | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
Empúries The classics come to stay

Empúries is the only archaeological site in the Iberian Peninsula where the remains of a Greek city Empòrion coexist with those from the Roman city, Emporiae. It is also the gateway to the classical culture: Ten centuries of history that transformed, forever, the ancient Iberian peoples that inhabited it.

The first settlement of the Greeks was in the 6th century BCE on a small island off the coast of the Gulf of Roses (Palaia Polis, ancient city), and then moved to the mainland to establish what was known as the Neàpolis, the new city. In 218 BCE, the port of Empúries was used as an entry point to the peninsula for the Roman troops in their fight against the Carthaginian army. Between the 6th century BCE and the 5th century AD, Empúries has been a port, a commercial enclave, a western colony of Greece, the first Roman encampment on the peninsula, a prosperous Roman city...

The current Greek ruins belong to the city from the Hellenistic period. During the visit there we would find the precincts Asclepius and Serapis, the small industry which produced canned fish and sauces, the Agorá or public square and the remains of the floor of a banqueting room with an inscription in Greek.

Notable from the Roman period is the Domus 1 with the mosaics that decorated the ground, the Insula 30 (area occupied by the city’s public baths), the Forum, the remains of the Basilica and the Curia and the tabernae or shops.

Half way along the route you can visit the Museum of the Empúries excavations which houses the exceptional original sculpture of Asclepius found at the site.

It is therefore a privileged space for understanding the evolution of the Greek and Roman urban development and is a turning point in the history of the Iberian Peninsula. Currently it is one of the sites of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (Archaeological Museum of Catalonia).

Plan your visit

What can I do?

Discover Greco-Roman antiquity in a playful and enjoyable way with the numerous activities programmed at the Empúries site:

-Guided tours of the Greek and Roman city.
-Family activities.
-Dramatised tours.
-Lectures.
-Courses, conferences and symposiums.
-Shows and concerts.

Services
Event hire
Timetables

From 1st October to 15th November
From Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm

From 16th November to 15th February
From Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm

From 16th February to 31st May
From Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm

From 1st June to 30th September
From Monday to Sunday, from 10 am to 8 pm

Easter Holy Week: Open from 10 am to 7 pm.

Special opening hours: on 24th, 26th and 31st December, the Museum closes at 3 pm

Closed: 25th December and 1st January

Prices

Normal admission: € 6

Reduced admission: € 4

People aged 65 or more, pensioners, the holders of the Youth Card, students with International Student Card, those possessing the large family or parent, no tourist groups of 10 or more people by appointment. If this is a group where some members are entitled to free entry can continue to enjoy this reduction

Entrance free:

Persons under 16 years, the unemployed, the members of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), duly accredited, the members of the Association of Museum of Catalonia duly accredited, those professional tour guides, duly accredited, people of formal education teachers accredited by the management of the school in carrying out their work, the press duly accredited professionals, in the exercise of their work, have communicated in writing their visit, people with disability certificate. The accompanying rate will also free if the accreditation card identifies the person accompanying need

Contact

MAC Empúries
C. Puig i Cadafalch s/n
17130 Empúries-l'Escala
Tel. (+34) 972770208

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