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L’Escala: A Serve of History and Anchovies on the Costa Brava

What to see and do in L’Escala, Girona

L’Escala is known for two things: Anchovies and the Greco-Roman ruins of Empúries.  The origins of this small village go back to the 4th century B.C when the Greeks founded Empúries. However, it wasn’t until the 16th century when a group of fishermen needed a new port that L’Escala as we know it today was founded. Fishing and salt extraction became the main industries, a tradition which continues to this day. Dduring the summer months it becomes a popular tourist destination although not as popular as Empuriabrava and L'Estartit

Beaches in L’Escala

Beaches in L'Escala - Empúries

There are two small bays in L’Escala: La Playa and El Port d’en Perris. Both of them are rocky beaches which fill rapidly during summer and feature crystal clear and calm water. If you prefer long sandy beaches it’s better to move away from the centre of the town. Riells beach, close to the port, is only 1km away and was the first beach in Europe to ban smoking. Heading south you’ll find the spectacular Montgó Cove. If you’re with children it’s better to head to Muscleres Beach, just in front of the archeological ruins or Portixol, surrounded by pines.

Restaurants in L’Escala

Restaurants en L'Escala, Girona

One of the stand outs of L’Escala is the cuisine. Throughout the year various gastronomic events are held and there is a fantastic range of restaurants where you can eat everything from tapas to traditional Catalan cuisine and everything in between including pizza and sushi. If there are two dishes which you simply must try in l’Escala are the anchovies and Suquet de Peix.

  • Can Galán (C/Corriol de l’Usach 3)- With decades of history this is one of those restaurants in L’Escala offering home style cooking, seafood and tapas at affordavble prices. 
  • Restaurante Origens (C/ Ave Maria 1)- Overlooking the beach, this restaurant serves typical Mediterranean cuisine. Great menu and a relaxed atmosphere. 
  • Can Roura(C/ Major 10)- Fresh products cooked just right and excellent service have made this restaurant one of L’Escala’s most popular. 

What to do in L’Escala

Greco-Romanas Ruins of Ampurias, Costa Brava

A visit to the Archeological Museum and Ruins of Empúries is obligatory, 2000 years of history encompassing Greek and Roman ruins and an ancient Iberian settlement. The anchovy and salt museum is another way to discover the history of L’Escala. 

Water and adventure sports are other things to do in L’Escala: sailing, windsurfing, kayak, mountain biking, water skiing…for divers there is the Kim Caves and the sunken boat, Marmoler sitting in 42 metres of water. 

Nightlife in L’Escala

L'Escala Nightlife, Girona

Although the nightlife in L’Escala isn’t famous, there are a few places to go out for a drink or a dance. The majority of pubs and bars are in the centre of the village, close to the beach or around the port. 

If you want to spend your holidays in the Costa Brava we’ve got various apartments in L’Escala which can be your home away from home. 

- Marketing Team


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