Catalonia was a major Roman province and one of the best places to get a sense of that is Empuries in the far north of the Costa Brava. It's a massive Roman town built on an earlier Greek colony and it's still being excavated today. There are temples, mosaics, painted walls, everyday houses and the usual Roman preoccupation with sewers and water! The museum has a well displayed collection of finds and, even better, the whole thing is right on one of the best beaches on the Costa Brava. So after a morning of ancient history you can strip off, grab a bite to eat at the beach cafe and go for a swim with the fishes. They told us that we might be able to see the odd Roman ruin on the sea floor but we didn't have our goggles that day.
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