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.


   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

In this tour, you will visit the coast of Girona, named Costa Brava for over 100 years. The name is due to its rocky, resistant coast composed of small coves surrounded by pine forests and bathed by crystalline waters.

The first stop is Calella de Palafrugell, a small fishing village that today continues to maintain its connection with the maritime past. It is a village with great beauty in terms of architecture and landscape. Filled with small bays, it becomes a fusion between land and sea inelastic.

You will have free time to explore Calella de Palafrugell and enjoy the incredible scenery where you will certainly get wonderful photos. Then you will have the opportunity to visit the Camí de Ronda, which leads to the village of Llafranc, which means walking for about 30 minutes on a path easily accessible for all ages.

The "Camí de Ronda" borders the whole Costa Brava and has been used to control the maritime contabando. Today, thanks to this, you will be able to see magnificent places that would otherwise not be accessible. Llafranc is also a small, elegant and captivating seaside village.

Pals, to be visited next, is an inland village located on top of a mountain. The village is built entirely within a medieval wall. At the top you will find a 12th century tower, which is visible from afar. It has a magnificent patio that offers a wonderful view over the Costa Brava and its surroundings. Walking on its medieval streets, you will think you have traveled back in time.

The next visit is l'Estartit, a seaside town with an important port, as well as a diving centre on the Medas Islands, which are 1km from the coast. The Medas Islands are of great interest in terms of flora and fauna, with over 1200 classified species. The ecosystem has been identified as the best marine reserve in the Western Mediterranean. It has been declared a National Natural Park and ZEPIM (specially protected area of importance in the Mediterranean).

You will have free time to have lunch and walk around the village before boarding the Nautilus, a boat with underwater vision. The boat trip takes about 1h30. First, you will see the outer islands. The views are spectacular through the immersed cabins with large windows, you can see the marine life in the foreground as if you were diving. The itinerary continues to the Sierra de Montgrí, only accessible by boat.

The last stop will be the extensive Greek-Roman ruins of Empúries, with the company of a specialized guide, you will take a guided tour of the entire archaeological site, the only one in Spain where the remains of a Greek city coexist with those of a later Roman city. Empúries is located in a privileged place in front of the sea.

In the Greek city, it is possible to admire the walls, the acropolis, the market square, among other buildings. Outside this archaeological site, you can see the Roman port of the 1st century before Christ. It was in this port that, in 1992, the Olympic torch for the Barcelona Olympic Games arrived.

In the Roman city, the main points of attraction are the mosaics on the ground, well preserved, the forum, the ruins of the amphitheater, various statues, and traces of paths and roads.

At the end of the visit to the ruins, the return to Barcelona takes place.

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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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