Castelló d’Empúries is a Greco-Roman town. It was first mentioned in 879. The town has a rich and long history but I won’t bore you with that. To cut the story short The Greeks, The Romans, The Jews and The Gauls (from Visigoths to Franks) were here. Either they were fighting over it or they were arguing on it. Castelló d’Empúries was a vibrant town in the medieval time.
Gothic style Basílica de Santa María is second largest Cathedral in Catalunya province after Cathedral of Girona. It is located right in the heart of the town. Looking for the golden hour glow I visited it late in the evening, at almost 9 pm.
Visiting Castelló d’Empúries you would be surprised to find an intact medieval site. This one is convent of Santa Clara.
This Dominican convent dated from 1317.
The corner of the synagogue at the Jewish quarter.
Not pictured are the City Hall, the Grand House (14th century), the arcade of La Gallarda (11th-12th century), the old exchange Lonja de Mar and the bridge of Pont Vell. It was getting dark to explore them and my family and I wanted to eat.
So we strolled further in the compact town and found these cute restaurants.
This is where we ate our dinner, accompanied by a Brazilian guitarist who played bossanova songs.
This cozy bed and breakfast serves good coffee.
It is a pleasant surprise to find this well preserved little medieval town only 6 km from modern Empuriabrava.