In this occasion we invite you to visit the Iberian settlement of Ullastret, the largest Iberian site discovered in Catalonia. Located on the Puig de Sant Andreu, a hill with great views and optimal location, which belongs to the municipality of Ullastret, in the heart of Emporda.
Various prehistoric remains have been found in the area, but the first permanent settlement dates from the VII century BC, although no remains are preserved as the first buildings were made of mud and wood. Starting VIth century BC, the town began to be build as we know it today and in the IVth century BC was expanded tripling the walled enclosure. The last major modification of the fortification was in the IIIrd century BC, coinciding with the Second Punic War, when the Romans struggled to gain the control of the Mediterranean.
Fortunately, the town is in very good condition, thanks to the abandonment of the settlement in IInd century BC, despite being forced by the Romans, it seems that it was done peacefully and was not destroyed.
The indiketes, the name of locals at the time, lived mostly in houses of one or two rooms and ground floor, some with patio. It is also known that there were aristocratic families, as the ruins have uncovered a 500m2 palace. They had temples to do rituals and prayers, cisterns to store rain water in good condition and large underground silos to store grain for years.
In that time they lived with Greeks and Phoenicians, which had a great influence, and traded between them. In fact, indiketes coined its own currency, the undikesken.
Next to the settlement, you can visit the headquarters of Ullastret Archaeology Museum of Catalonia, which manages the site, and that explains the Iberian culture of the area through excavations at the archaeological site. From here, you can also take the guided tour “Josep Pla Route in Ullastret” (check dates), a literary route to explore the relationship of the writer with the archaeological site of Ullastret and the world of archeology.
Finally, just 20 minutes from Ullastret, if you want to get an more complete idea how the indiketes lived, you can go to the Iberian village of Punta del Castell in Palamós, where you will find the remains of another indiketes village. In front of the sea, with spectacular views over the Castell’s beach and the bay of Palamós.
And, if the weather is good enough, once you finish the visit you can even take a dip! After such a long walk, your feet will apreciate it! In this link you can see the houses closest to the Iberian settlement of Ullastret.