Founded in 575 BC by Greeks from Focea on the shores of the Gulf of Roses, the ancient city of Emporion represents 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 the remains of many other buildings. The star of the site, however, is the statue of Aesculapius, which dates back to 200 BC 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 stroll 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 BC. 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).