Whilst walking along a tree-lined promenade, bordered by dunes, connecting L'Escala and Sant Martí d'Empúries, visitors can stumble upon the Greek and Roman ruins d'Empurias. The Greek section is situated in the lower area of this archaeological site, near the sea, while the Roman dominates the uptown area. The Roman town retains some of its walls, one of the doors and some of the major house walls and mosaics. These ruins were discovered in the early twentieth century and 25 percent of the city has not yet been excavated.
Malavella Castle, now in ruins, dates from 1057 and was built in the upper area of the territory next to the village known as Malavella Parc. It has been discovered that the actual ruins were volcanic stones of the area, due to their black colour and geologists estimate them to be of the twelfth century. These stones are basalt that makes up the same hill. There is a legend around the place which says that the Old Mala (Mala Vella)lived here and that is why the town is named so. Each year, the Riera Crown Dance is held every September 22nd.