Pla de Palol Roman Villa

The Romans began their entry into the whole Iberian peninsula by the Ampurdán. From here they spread throughout Spain. However, some of them saw that this region of the Costa Brava offered an excellent quality of life and settled here.

La Villa Romana de Pla de Palol, en Platja d'Aro, Girona, Costa Brava

Villa Romana de Pla de Palol, in Platja d'Aro, Girona, Costa Brava, Spain

And today we discover one of the most important Roman colonies on the Costa Brava. It’s the Vila Romana de Pla de Palol, about 10,000 m2. Despite being known since 1876 is not until 1959 when the first excavations were conducted. In 1984 works where accelerated to be shown to the public finally in 1998.

Indicativo de la historia del asentamiento romano de Pla de Palol

This panel explains visitors the history of this ancient roman settlement in the place known as Pla de Palol, in Platja d'Aro, Spain

What we know today of these Roman buildings? These buildings were occupied between the first century B.C. and VII. We know about the existence of thermal baths, a sign that this Vila had a residential component. We also have many proofs of the economic activity that took place in Pla de Palol. In particular it was a wine factory center and even this wine was exported to the rest of the Empire. We also know that a man called Porcianus was important in this industry.

En la villa Pla de Palol se conservan los restos de las tinajas donde se almaceban los productos

The ancient villa still keeps the ancient silos where products were stored

From the architectural point of view the town is organized around two or three large terraces and baths. Around them wine, oils, and cereals stores have been found. Also clay was extracted in the area to make pottery, another craft activity that lasted longer in the Ampurdán. All these products were exported abroad from the nearby natural harbor of Cala Rovira.

Terrazas y termas son los dos tipos de estancias más comunes en Pla de Palol

Terraces and termae are the most common rooms found in Villa Pla de Palol, Platja d'Aro, Costa Brava

You can visit this interesting roman archeological settlement through the visits organized by the Platja d’Aro Tourist Office. It’s an excellent oportunity to learn in situ about the roman roots of the Costa Brava.

Estancias de la Villa Romana de Pla de Palol, visitable mediante la Oficina de Turismo de Platja d'Aro

Platja d'Aro Tourist Office organizes visits to the Pla de Palol Roman Villa that helps us understand the context of this important settlement


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This post was written by Alex Rigola who has written 60 posts on Costa Brava Blog.

Alex Rigola is Costa Brava's editor and an ampurdan passionated who enjoys sailing his little boat through the Costa Brava coast. He currently lives in Pals and if you use to ride along cycling routes in the area, it's very likely that you encounter him at some point. When asked about his favorite spot on the Costa Brava he never hesitates for a moment: Cala Montjoi.

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