The former capital of the county Empúries

SANT MARTÍ / CATALONIA / SPAIN: Sant Martí d'Empúries is a medieval village that was once the capital of the county of Empúries and today, lovingly restored throughout, is the preferred holiday destination for those who want to enjoy the sea in peace.

As small as the Mediterranean Sea may be, it used to be the capital of the County of Empúries in the 9th, 10th and 11th centuries until the Counts relocated to nearby Castelló d'Empúries for safety reasons. The now lovingly restored medieval village invites you to an enchanting stroll and is an obligatory visit destination for all those who are interested in history and live in the L'Escala district. It was here, in the 6th century BC, when the first Greek settlers landed, and later settled where we now find the ruins of Empúries.

If you come by car, should park the car on the parking lot laid out on the highway and continue on foot to the center. This is the only way to really enjoy the ancient stone walls and the narrow streets that cross each other and meander uphill, finally converging on the main square in front of the church. If the place up to here seemed to have a more modestly measured character, the room now widens and opens the view to a ubiquitous, near sea.

The parish church of Sant Martí d'Empúries, with its impressive main façade, is documented in 834 and has been restored three times in the past. The interior contains an extremely interesting early Christian altar in white marble, a main altar from the 10th century adorned with beautiful horseshoe arches, and a baptismal font from the 12th century.

On the opposite side of the square you have a beautiful view of the sea. To get back to the main road, you can circle the place over a wide path that leads down the coast to the viewpoint. When the weather is over, think of the bathing suits because the local beaches are of exceptional beauty. If you want to extend the visit a little, you should visit the ruins of Empúries, which can be reached via the beach promenade created in 1992 on the occasion of the arrival of the Olympic Fire.


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