At the Museum of the History of Catalonia in Barcelona, I learned a little about the presence of the Greeks and Romans on the Costa Brava, and in particular at the settlement of Empuries. Sadly, I couldn’t see the ancient ruins in the dark, but the beautiful beach helped me get over it.
One of TBEX’s major conference sponsors, Expedia, hosted an evening party at the Hostal Empuries. This is an environmentally responsible hotel (LEED Gold certified) with an upscale tone and a picturesque location right on the beach.
It was nearly dark when we arrived, but still light enough to go and stick my toes in the water. Then back up to the hotel for a lot of food, drink, and chat.
From what I saw of this place, the location would be charming for a quiet getaway. And by day, you could explore the famous Roman and Greek ruins.
This is my standard form of disclosure that I am retroactively adding to all blog posts done before April 1, 2018, and will add to all new posts.
1. Is this experience open to the public?
Not this party, but the venue has many events and services.
2. Who paid the cost of me doing this?
I did, indirectly. I went to a travel blogging conference in Girona. I paid for my own conference fee, and all my own transport and accommodations. Some of the meals were included in the conference registration, and there were some experiences included, such as this party. The main sponsor of the conference (to whom I am still grateful) was Visit Costa Brava.
3. Did I get any compensation or special consideration for writing this blog post?
4. Would I be as positive about this place if I had gone as a regular visitor?
Yes. I wrote about it because it was interesting and unique.