L'Escala, Empúries and Alt Empordà
We are located in the Alt Empordà region, bordering the historic Vallespir and Rossellò regions, which have a very rich heritage and a great archaeological legacy, including the discoveries in Empúries and Roses, ancient Romanesque monasteries or mediaeval towns such as Peralada or Castelló d'Empuries. The works of Salvador Dalí in Figueres and in Cadaqués - Port Lligat are of particular artistic interest.
L'Escala has one of the most important archaeological sites in Catalonia: the Empúries Ruins, a very valuable complex which is part of the Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia.
The area was the gateway to the Iberian Peninsula for classical cultures.
L'Escala is the perfect destination to enjoy family holidays. It has a wide range accommodation and restaurants to suit all needs, water sports, sport and leisure activities for all ages, entertainment options and children's activity programmes. Its coastline is also ideal for young children to enjoy the beaches.
The monument to the Fisherman's Wife is located on one of its seafront promenades, testament to L'Escala's fishing tradition throughout history. Fish is the main dish in L'Escala's Mediterranean cuisine, which enjoys a great deal of international prestige.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN L'ESCALA AND SANT MARTÍ D'EMPÚRIES*
(* Not to be confused with Castellò d'Empúries, as this is another nearby town)
You should go and see the mosaics of the old stately homes, the sculpture of Asclepius and the imposing Roman Forum. The MAC-Empúries organizes very interesting guided tours.
Today it's a place for enjoying a gentle pace of life, walking or cycling among crop fields that exude the essence of the county.
The promenade that runs alongside this beach is dedicated to the book of the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It has all types of bars, restaurants, shops and other businesses. The beach is the site for many events during the summer months, and craftwork fair is set up in the evenings.
Callol Serrats is transmitted from one generation to the ancient tradition of salting anchovies, a way of working itself insisting on product quality.
Sant Martí d'Empúries
It is worth exploring the narrow streets of Sant Martí. In the main square there are several restaurants which serve interesting gastronomic dishes. After visiting the town, it is also highly recommended to walk along Passeig d'Empúries, which connects Sant Martí with the town of l'Escala.
On the rocks near the beach, in Passeig de la Riba, stand two stone structures which were used to moor the cabotage ships which could not get close to the beach. They are included in the Inventory of the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia.
La Bisbal d'Empordà
La Bisbal d'Empordà is now one of the leading pottery centres in Catalonia. The importance of this activity is clearly shown in the urban landscape of the city, known for the slender silhouettes of old industrial chimneys and a shopping area that is focussed on marketing the different pottery products.
Is located near the mouth of the Muga river, in the gulf of Roses. It's strategic location lets the traveller enjoy the local arts and culture, as well as the beach, the sun, and the natural environment.
THE BEACHES AND COVES OF THE GULF OF ROSAS
From L'Estartit to Empúries: An example of the natural beauty around L'Escala.
Also known as the Bay of Rosas, it is an immense region with 45 km of beaches, 15 km of caves and grottoes, and 50 km of navigable sea. It stretches from Cap de Creus to the Montgrí Massif mountain range. These mountains naturally protect L'Escala's beaches, with calm and crystalline waters, ideal for having fun with the family and doing water sports.
If you're planning a holiday to the Costa Brava, don't forget to visit the Bay of Rosas and discover all of its beaches.