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Empuriabrava, Spain's Own Venice

Empuriabrava (Spanish: Ampuriabrava) is an organization of population of the municipality of Castelló d'Empúries, in the Alt Empordà (Costa Brava, province of Gerona, Catalonia, Spain). 

It is located in the Gulf of Roses, surrounded by the Natural Park of the Aiguamolls de l'Empordà, and is the largest residential marina in Europe, with some 24 km of navigable waterways. 

Empuriabrava was originally built on a swamp, and was transformed into a touristic community with original planning in 1964 and completion in 1975. The town has more than 40 km of canals and a seasonal, summer population of around 80,000. The Greco-Roman acropolis of Sant Martí d'Empúries is nearby.


Its aerodrome (ICAO-code LEAP), immediately to the North of the town, serves various air sports, services at all levels of skydiving: Skydive Empuriabrava is the center with the most skydiving jumps across Europe.