An April 2000 trip
to Cataluna by guille88
Quote: Beautiful landscapes, great gastronomy and friendly people combine in this portion of the Meditarrenean coast, to make a must see in a visit to Spain.
Due to its strategical location it has been conquered by adventurers from all periods, beginning with the ancient Greeks. It has also been the base point for adventurers who have departed in search of fortune in America. That's why its historical and cultural richness is unique.
So a trip to Costa Brava is a trip through time, from the Greek greatness admired in Ampurias to the beauty of the medieval towns in places like Pals, Torrents or many others, and also to the modern seaside resorts like Calella de Palafrugell. The mountains are usually splashed with picturesque villages where all kinds of people live.
The food is great, combining all the ingredients that this rich land produces for exotic dishes, like the Suquet, or the Catalonian rice.
Attraction | "AMPURIAS, Greek ruins in Costa Brava."
From this time still stand part of the walls of the city, the sanctuaries of Asclepios and Serapis and a few streets that go to the Agora (the main square).
In Roman times, this city was a Greek ally. The Romans arrived on the year 218 B.C., first using it as a base against the Carthaginians, but from that moment it starting becoming part of the Roman Empire. A Roman city was built on the site, with a splendor that made people forget the Greek times.
At the end of the century II A.D., the city started decaying and ended up as a second class city, since Barraco (Barcelona) and Tarraco (Tarragona) had grown a lot, and were far more important.
There are important ruins of this time, like the fabulous pier, the remains of a big wall, the amphitheater and many more. Some mosaics and other art pieces were rescued and today are exhibited in the local museum and in other museums all over Spain.
The site is easily reachable by bus, and in organized tours. The site is impressive, with beautiful views of the ocean.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 17, 2000
Ampurias Greek Ruins
The town's center is a spot to visit. It still has the medieval atmosphere,
with a castle, and a street that copies the Champs Elysees from Paris.