Visit to the ruins of Ampurias

Do you like getaways with history? Well, this post is made just for you. I present to you the ruins of Ampurias. A place full of history that, in addition, is very close to us. Come on, you don't have to leave the country.

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This place is one of the most interesting that exists due to what was lived there and, if we add to that its great beauty and its proximity to the sea, it all adds up! Do you want to meet him?


History of the ruins of Ampurias

This place is widely known for being a place of coexistence between the Greeks and Iberians and, later, between the Iberians and the Romans.

It is believed to have been populated from the 9th century BC Due to its location near the Fluvía River, it was the perfect place to carry out internal trade. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Greeks formed a colony there, the only one in a fully contrasted way throughout the Peninsula.

In the first place it was a rather small settlement but, with the growth of the population, it was necessary to complete the area with the so-called 'Nea Pólis'. From that union of both will be born 'Emporium' which means 'market' in Greek.

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With this name we already get an idea of ​​what was done there. It was the perfect place where Greeks and Iberians traded with their products. Three centuries later, it will be the Romans who will disembark in the area to avoid the passage between Rome and Cartagena during the Punic wars.

It will be in the second half of the 3rd century AD when Ampurias ceases to be what it was because of the prosperity that the Via Augusta was having (turned into the main axis of commerce).

At present, we can see there the Greek city, the archaeological museum of Ampurias and the Roman city.

Visit the Greek ruins of Ampurias

Do you want to know more about them? I tell you everything you need to know to organize your visit.


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Where are they

This deposit is located in the southern part of the Gulf of Roses, in the province of Girona. Specifically, it is located in the municipality of L'Escala, about 40 kilometers from the capital.


How to get

You have two ways to do it:

  • By car. By the A-7 Barcelona-La Jonquera motorway (l'Escala-Empúries exit), by the N-II Barcelona-La Jonquera road, by the C-252 Corçà-Portbou road or by the C-260 Besalú-Roses road.
  • By bus. Figeres-Sant Pere Pescador-l'Escala lines, Girona-l'Escala line, Girona-l'Estartit line or Barcelona-Costa Brava line.


The schedule changes depending on whether it is high season or low season. In high season they open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. uninterrupted. In low season the hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. also uninterrupted.

You should know that access closes one hour before closing time. According to this, keep in mind that the visit will take you about an hour or an hour and a half.


The regular input it has a price of 5.50 euros. Of course, young people between 8 and 25 years old, families (2 adults with one child or more), retirees and the disabled have a price special of 4.50 euros. In the case of large families, the price is 3 euro.

The children under 8 years of age and the unemployed They have free admission. By the way, the ticket also includes two hours of free parking.

Map and photos of the ruins of Ampurias

Upon arrival they will give you an informative brochure with a map that they will give you at the entrance itself.


If you are in the area or want to make a getaway full of history, the ruins of Ampurias are a perfect plan. And it is that, in addition, you have a fantastic coast very close where you can enjoy the sun and crystal clear waters. You sign up?

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