Do you feel like visiting the area and wonder what is the best thing you can see in Empuriabrava and Castelló d’Empúries?
With this post we want to recommend 3 places and activities that you absolutely cannot miss during your visit to this emblematic area of Alt Empordà and Costa Brava.
Between Roses and Sant Pere Pescador awaits you what is known as “The Venice of Costa Brava”, with more than 25 kilometers of navigable canals, and what is possibly the most beautiful and spectacular coastal area of Costa Brava.
These are the activities and places you cannot miss in Empuriabrava and Castelló d’Empúries:
1. Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park
Protected since 1983 for its high ecological value, the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park has more than 4,700 hectares, of which 824 are strictly protected nature reserve. However, hiking lovers can explore it through 5 great itineraries that allow them to delve into the flora, fauna (especially the birds) and the landscape of this spectacular place.
Located at the mouth of the Muga and the Fluvià rivers, it is easily accessible by car or bike right to the Cortalet Information Center, the starting point of the routes. There is a parking area there for €5.
Ready to enter the territory of more than 300 migratory birds? The Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park is without any doubt a paradise for lovers of ornithology!
2. The centers of Empuriabrava and Castelló d’Empúries
Next to each other, the centers of Empuriabrava and Castelló d’Empúries are highly recommended to visit for very different reasons.
Empuriabrava surprises for its navigable canals and for being the largest marine residential area in Europe. There is a wide range of tourist boats with which to travel the canals, there are very beautiful beaches close by (such as Platja de la Rubina) and you can also practice many water activities such as diving, snorkelling or renting a boat to navigate freely along this area of the coast and reach Cap de Creus.
Castelló d’Empúries is a magnificent contrast due to its thousands of years of history, the imposing basilica of Santa Maria, the Jewish quarter and the public laundry of the XIX century.
3. Sant Martí d’Empúries and the Empúries ruins
Sant Martí d’Empúries is preserved as a medieval town and you can still see much of the original wall, its old castle and also the church of Sant Martí built in 1538.
At a very short distance (less than 500 meters) we find the ruins of Empúries, where the excavations show us the remains of the presence of the Greeks and later the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. The entrance fee is 6 euros and the visit can be completed in approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.
During the summer months there are theatrical tours, concerts, workshops and other activities that are worth checking out!