Costa Brava Tour with Empuries Greek-Roman ruins

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Introduction

Book online the Costa Brava full day tour and discover lovely fishing villages, wild nature and beaches as well as the Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries.

From our extensive experience with tourists all over the world, we recommend you as highlights of this tour:


   Tuesday, Friday    11:30 hours
Highlights

Get to know Calella de Palafrugell, a charming fishing village that keeps the maritime essence of the past.

 

Walk the "Camins de Ronda" to Costa Brava villages, walking amongst the pines’ greenness and the blue sea.

 

Visit the Medes Islands, an archipelago formed by seven islands that hold a marine reserve. They are also a meeting point for scuba diving lovers.

 

Enter the Greek and Roman ruins of Empúries, the only settlement in Spain occupied by Greeks and later by Romans.

Key details

LANGUAGE

This is a bilingual tour availabe in Spanish and English.

Audio-guide available in French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese.

DURATION

Approximately 11 ½ Hours

MEETING POINT

Carrer de Balmes, Barcelona

SCHEDULE

Tuesdays and Fridays starting at 08h30am

Full description

On this tour you are going to visit the Girona coast, christened 100 years ago as the Costa Brava. The name is due to its unique rocky, rugged and cut shape coastline, composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and lapped by crystal water.

The first stop is at Calella de Palafrugell, a small fisherman’s village that still retains today the traditional appearance of the past. It is a village of great beauty regarding both architecture and landscape. The town, splashed with small bays, is a fusion of land and sea that is an incomparable setting. You will have free time to explore the village, enjoy the scenery and, for sure, take great photographs.

Then you will be able to walk along Camí de Ronda, which leads to the neighborhood town of Llafranc. It's about 30 minutes hike, suitable for all ages in an easy terrain for everyone. The “Camí de Ronda” borders all the Costa Brava and was used to control the maritime smuggling. Today, thanks to this, you can discover beautiful spots that wouldn’t be otherwise accessible. Llafranc is also a small, elegant and captivating seaside town, with all the delightfulness of the towns on this coast.

The tour continues towards Pals, a town located inland and on the top of a hill. The village is built entirely in an integrated medieval site. At the top there is a cylindrical tower from the XII century, which is visible from far away. It has an excellent terrace that offers stunning views of the Costa Brava and surroundings. Walking through the cobbled streets you will feel like you have gone back in time. Take time to appreciate the round arches, facades with pointed windows arches, stone balconies, all perfectly restored.

The following stop is to l’Estartit, a seaside village with an important port famous worldwide for being an important diving center because the Medes Islands archipelago lies only one kilometer from the coast. Medes islands are of great interest for the wide variety of flora and fauna that inhabit in the whole marine area, with more than 1200 species classified. The ecosystem has been identified as the best marine reserve in the occidental Mediterranean. It was declared as a National Natural Park and ZEPIM (Special protected area of importance in the Mediterranean).

You will have free time to have lunch and take a small stroll around the town before getting on board of Nautilus, a boat with submarine vision.
The sailing is about 1h30. First, the boat takes you to the outer islands. The views are spectacular, but also, through submerged cabins with large windows, you can enjoy an exceptional view of a sea floor full of life, as if you were diving! The itinerary continues to the stunning cliffs of Sierra de Montgrí only accessible by boat and one of the most preserved unspoiled areas of Costa Brava.

The last stop is at the extensive Greek and Roman ruins of Empuries, where you will start a guided tour around the whole site. It is the only site in Spain where both Greek and, later, a Roman city exist together. Empuries is also located in a privileged surrounding, just in front of the sea. In the Greek city, you will be able to admire the remains of the city walls, the acropolis, the market square and numerous buildings. Outside the archaeological site, you can see the Greek port of the Ist century BC. Was in this port where, in 1992, arrived the Olympic torch for the Olympic Games in Barcelona.

In the roman city the highlights are a mosaic floor in excellent condition, the forum, remains of an amphitheater, several statues and vestiges of street frameworks.

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Included

  • Air conditioned motor coach.
  • Bilingual official guide (English and Spanish).
  • Audio guide in four languages (French, German, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Portuguese).
  • Ticket for Boat Nautilus, with submarine vision.
  • Entrance and guided visit to Empuries Greek-Roman ruins.
  • Radio guide system.

Excluded

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Food and drinks and other services not specified.

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Additional info

Nearest town

Nearest Airport

Reviews

Fantastic visit!
This was a great tour with stunning views. Transportation was comfortable. The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. The ruins are an impressive place. Definitely worth it!
Eva Browne

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