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Begur Costa Brava what to do and where to go.

Sant Marti d’Empuries

on March 23, 2012

EmpúriesThe lovely village of St Marti d’Empuries is a gentle half hour stroll from L’Escala, along a shaded promenade running beside to the golden beaches. The pathway passes between the ruins of the ancient Greek & Roman city of Empuries and the sea.

Sant Martin d'Empuries locationThe walled village itself is built over the oldest buildings of Empuries and had effectively been permanently occupied since the bronze age. It is considered to be the oldest settlement in Catalonia, with even the church dating from the 11th century.

This modest mediaeval village is famous in Catalonia for it’s beautiful endless, fine sand beaches with excellent views of the Bay of Roses, the restaurants that dominate the small village square, and an impressive eleventh-century church.

A visit to this special village is strongly recommended, although getting a table at one of the restaurants in the village square is difficult in peak season. They are a favourite haunt of customers coming to dine from as far afield as Barcelona and France.

For a perfect day, start at the Northern end of L’Escala (by the statue commemorating the landing of the Olympic torch) and take the coastal path north. There are a few beach bars plus a small hotel on the way for refreshment. Just before St Marti, you will pass the ruins of Empuries and gain a good view of the extent of them. The entire walks takes around 20 minutes and the surface is well constructed.

As an alternative, a dotto-type train runs to and from St Marti and L’Escala take this late in the evening when the sun has set for a magical ride through the forest that you will never forget.


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