Situated amid a stunning natural landscape, close to the shoreline, we find Empúries. Its unique position as entranceway to the Greek and Roman cultures on the peninsula makes this site an incomparable destination to understand the classic cultures' role in Catalonia, being the peninsula's only archaeological site to house remnants of both a Greek and Roman city.
Its impeccable location was tantamount to the founding of the Greek colony of Emporion in 575 BC. Under Greek rule, this enclave rose to become one of the Mediterranean region's most important ports. In 218 BC, it set the backdrop for the Roman troops' disembarkation on the peninsula to fight against the Carthaginians in the Second Punic War. In the wake of their victory, the Romans colonised the region, founding the Roman city of Emporiae .