Empuriabrava’s history

Camping Mas Nou is very close to Empuriabrava, an urbanization that is part of Castelló d’Empúries. With just under 7,000 inhabitants, Empuriabrava is a very important and well-known enclave and has an undeniable charm. It is the largest residential sports port in Europe thanks to its 24 navigable channels. That is probably why you have heard of it as “the Venice of Costa Brava“.

How has Empuriabrava become this idyllic nucleus? Let’s review its history.

Before the first attempts to create the urbanization in 1964, the area where all the Empuriabrava buildings are now located was part of the Empordà marshy land. At that time there were 5 large farmhouses: Galgo, Moixó, Vell, Modaguer and Torre Ribota, which were firmly opposed to urbanization plans to the detriment of pasture land and rice cultivation.

However, Marquis of Sant Morí and businessmen Miquel Arpa and Fernando Vilallonga managed to make their proposal prosper in 1967, when the City Council finally accepted the urbanization proposal and the first canals and high-end residences began to be built. This type of residential marina proposal had already begun to prosper in other parts of Europe such as the Côte d’Azur and they were very successful, especially as second homes for the German public.

In 1975 a second phase began that was to include up to 600 new hectares, but environmental awareness had begun to emerge more and more and there were great mobilization campaigns to preserve the swampy areas of the Empordà. Thanks to this, the works were interrupted and the Generalitat de Catalunya created the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park in 1983.

Since then the management of Empuriabrava has also passed into public hands and the seasonality of residence stabilized drastically.

Now it is a unique space that, luckily, is surrounded by a well-preserved and protected environment.

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