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: € 5

+ 65 years: € 4

8 to 25 years:€ 4

Children under 8 years old: free

Reduced admission: € 4. Families (2 adults and one child or more), senior citizens, people with disability certificate

School groups: Free of charge during the school year. € 2.00 in July and August

Special reduced entrance: € 2.50
Persons in possession of a large family or single-parent card.

Free admission:
Unemployed persons, members of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) or of the ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), members of the l’Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya and teachers in formal education, duly accredited.
The last Tuesday of each month between October and June.

Open days: Triumvirate Mediterranean (9th May), International Museum Day (18th May), L'Escala local Festival (2nd September), National Day of Catalonia (11th September) and European Heritage days (first Saturday of September)

Guided tours (does not include entrance to the site)
Roman guided tour (dramatised tour of the site) €4.10 per person (for groups over 20/€82 for those less than 20).
Guided tour of the archaeological site and the Museum €3.60 per person (for groups over 20/€72 for those less than 20).

Contact

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

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