Situated near the mouth of the River Muga on Spain’s Gulf of Roses, the attractive medieval town of Castelló d'Empúries has a rich architectural heritage, thanks to its position as the seat of the earls of Empúries until the 14th century. Cobbled streets, a well-preserved Jewish Quarter, and a 14th-century Gothic church add to the historic appeal.
While Castelló d'Empúries is worth a visit for its historic charm and architectural heritage alone, it also makes a great base for exploring the Catalonian countryside. Nearby Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park attracts hikers, bikers, and bird-watchers, while several quiet sandy beaches line the coast just a couple miles to the east. Day-trippers can combine a visit to the medieval town with a stop in nearby Figueres to visit to the outstanding Salvador Dalí Theatre-Museum.
Things to Know Before You Go
Castelló d'Empúries is a must-visit for history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts.
The town is located 92 miles (148 kilometers) northeast of Barcelona.
Don’t forget to bring sun protection, even during the winter months.
How to Get There
The closest train station to Castelló d'Empúries is in the town of Figueres, 9 miles (15 kilometers) away. You can catch the Castello d'Empurie–Empuriabrava bus right from the train station. There are also direct buses to Barcelona and Girona.
When to Get There
While Castelló d'Empúries is always a festive place to visit, September's Land of Troubadours (Terra de Trobadors), a Renaissance festival par excellence, offers handicrafts and food stands, jousting, and period costumes galore. Expect crowds in July and August.
Part of the greater municipality of Castelló d'Empúries, Empuriabrava is home to Europe’s largest residential marina, along with some 14 miles (23 kilometers) of picturesque canals (giving it the nickname “the Venice of Spain”). This part of town is also home to one of the area’s best beaches, with plenty of amenities.