Sant Martí d’Empúries is a neighbourhood dependent on
L'Escala, preserved as a mediaeval town. It was once a peninsula and received its first inhabitants in the 9th century BC. Three centuries later it established commercial relations with the Phoenicians, Punics and Phocaean Massaliotes, which marked the beginning of the negotiations which made Empúries one of the most important ports on the Mediterranean. Since that time Sant Martí d’Empúries has always been inhabited.
Until 1064 Sant Martí was the seat of the
county of Empúries. Much of the mediaeval wall has been preserved. The Church of Sant Martí was built in 1538 on the pre-Romanesque church dating from 926. In contrast to the mediaeval character of the town, you can also find the Forest House, built in the modernist style and the current headquarters of the Iberia Graeca Foundation. Just in front stand the ruins of the old castle, which inspired Victor Mora, creator of the comic book Capitán Trueno (Captain Thunder), to make it his hero's home.
It is worth exploring the narrow streets of Sant Martí. In the main square there are several restaurants which serve interesting gastronomic dishes. After visiting the town, it is also highly recommended to walk along
Passeig d'Empúries, which connects Sant Martí with the town of L'Escala. These few kilometres will enable you to discover the beaches of Empúries, pass right next to the Greco-Roman site of Empúries and see the old Greek quay.