Founded in 575 a.c. by Greeks from Focea on the shores of the Gulf of Roses, the ancient city of Emporion features one of Spain’s most important Greek-Roman archaeological sites.
The distribution of the houses, their mosaics and ornamentation are still visible, as is the sewage system, the forum, an amphitheatre, a Basilica, and many other building remains. The star of the site is however the statue of Aesculapius, which dates back to 200 a.c. and was restored in 2008 to mark the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the date excavations started.
To round off the tour, visitors are advised to wander down the pedestrian walkway which follows the outline of the site between San Martí d’Empúries and L’Escala, to see the gothic church of Sant Martí, the magnificent views on the Gulf of Roses, the historic pier from the 1st century a.c. which can still be seen on the beach and, lastly, the seafaring town of L’Escala.
Distance from Mas de Torrent: 25 km. (35 min. by car). For further information, please ask at reception: +34 972 303 292