Sant Martí d’Empúries – the most beautiful village in the Costa Brava?

February 16th, 2010 | by nick |

Sant Martí d`’Empúries is a pretty village with a Romanesque church, several good bars and restaurants and some great views of the Gulf of Roses. Originally an island, this was where the first Greek traders established a settlement. Count Sunyer II (862-915 AD) of Empùries moved his residence from Sant Martí into Castelló circa 860 AD Historians think that this was due to Norman and Barbary pirate raids and pillaging along the coast. If you walk out onto the ancient stone pier, you may experience a very odd electrical phenomenon!

The small family-run Hotel Empúries is rather eccentric. The wooded shores around here hide a series of lovely calas with shallow water and soft sand. Be warned that, due to a strong undertow, bathing off the shore here can be dangerous, especially if the weather changes suddenly. A riding club just outside Sant Marti provides mounts at reasonable rates, and the semi-marshy area full of fruit trees between here and the tiny nearby hamlets of Cinclaus [Five Keys], Pelacalç and Montiró is very pleasant to ride, cycle or just stroll around. I once saw an otter beside a drainage ditch here.

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This article was written by Francis Barrett. See also Francis’ excellent guide to Ireland


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