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Visit Castello d'Empuries

Castello d'Empuries is in the province of Girona in Spain's Catalonia region. It is a charming medieval village inland of Roses on the Costa Brava coast.

Explore Castello d'Empuries

Castello d'Empuries is inland of Roses and about half way to the town of Figueres with its wonderful Salvador Dali museum. If you are looking for a rest from the beach then this is an interesting town to head for.

Once the capital of Empuries and destined to be the centre of an Episcopal See a huge church was built in the 13th century. In fact because of arguments Castello d'Empuries never became a religious centre and the church now seems very big given the size of the town, indeed it is often referred to as the Cathedral of Empuries.

church of Castello d'Empuries

The Santa Maria church is Gothic in style and has a beautiful ornate doorway. Inside is an ornate alabaster alterpiece and a huge baroque organ.

Nearby is the convent of Santa Clara which was built in the 12th to 13th century.

Also of interest is the prison built in the 14th century. The building was both the town court in the part with the Gothic facade and the prison with a round arched doorway, small cells and bars on the windows. The prison contains graffiti made by prisoners.


Castello d'Empuries has retained its medieval charm and wandering through its narrow streets, admiring the medieval architecture is a pleasure. There are a couple of shady squares - ideal to sit and have lunch or a coffee and enjoy the tranquility which is incredible given how close is the coast with its throngs of people.

There are numerous impressive houses to admire: the Casa Grande built in the 14th century is an austere example of civil Gothic Catalan architecture. The town hall is housed in the old Palacio Condal, the 'Palace of the Counts', an impressive building with pink arches.

The Hospital Mayor o Aduana has Gothic arches and the attractive Lonja was built in the 14th century and partly revamped in the 18th century.

There is also an ecomuseum in an old flour mill. Inside you can see the workings of the mill, largely built of wood.

Every year in September there is a large medieval festival, the Terra de Troubadours, during which there are medieval costumes, crafts, music and theatre as well as a large medieval feast. This is a particularly good time to visit Castello d'Empuries.

Another festival is held every year around the 10th August.

prison of Castello d'Empuries

Places to visit near Castello d'Empuries

Nearby Empuriabrava is a huge marina and resort which is particularly attractive for lovers of watersports.

The small village of Sant Pere Pescador is quite attractive and is the closest village to the Natural Parc of Aiguamolls de l'Emporda - a wetland reserve great for birdwatching.

As well as the nearby museum of Salvador Dali at Figueres you can visit his seaside home at Portlligat next to Cadaques. Both the villages and his home are charming and well worth a visit.

You can find more local travel ideas in the Girona guide and the Catalonia guide.

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Map of Castello d'Empuries and places to visit


Castello d'Empuries places to visit



Figueres is home of the unmissable Salvador Dali museum (Teatro-Museo Dali).

Figueres guide


Roses was an ancient Greek settlement and is now the biggest resort on the northern stretch of the Costa Brava.

Roses guide


Empuries is a fascinating archeological site containing a Greek and Roman colony

Empuries guide


Cadaqués is one of the most picturesque villages in Spain and nearby Portlligat is the home of the Casa-Museu Salvador Dali.

Cadaques guide


Portlligat is a quaint fishing village and home to the house of Salvador Dali which is well worth visiting.

Portlligat guide


L'Estartit is a popular resort on the Costa Brava. It makes a good base for visiting the area.

L'Estartit guide

...or see all our recommended places to visit in Catalonia