Ullastret it is a small town located inside the Costa Brava, near more summer and photographed villages such as Pals, Palafrugell, Begur I Estartit. However, Ullastret has something very special: a unique archaeological site. Why? Because it could be the largest Iberian population that exists: a city of about 6000 inhabitants called ... Indika.
From the top of the hill called Puig de Sant Andreu, the ruins of the ancient Indika They have witnessed more than 2300 years of history. Its former inhabitants, the Iberians, were a mixture of cultures of similar traits that extended from the Pyrenees throughout the Mediterranean coast Of the peninsula. Although less famous than the Romans, in Spain almost everyone knows the most famous Iberian sculpture: the lady of Elche.
The ruins of Indika, in Ullastret, are a great place to learn more about this ancient and mysterious culture. After parking the car, one meets the booth where they sell tickets. Right there they will give you a audio guide To listen to the explanations. This audio guide is essential. Without it, you will only see walls and plinths of piled rocks. But listening to the pleasant explanations of an archaeologist you can learn and understand many things.
For example, why did they build that large wall? Or why when the archaeologists arrived the main entrance of the city was covered with earth? What are those round holes that are excavated in the earth? With the answers of the audio guide we were getting an idea of who the indiketes, the Iberian tribe that lived there 2300 years ago. We discovered that they had temples, who traded with the greek settlers from nearby Ampurias and that the surrounding fields were then a huge lake with an island, also inhabited.
When we reach the top of the hill, we enter the small Museum. The friendly staff that welcomed us invited us to enter a room to watch a video of the old Indika. And we freak out. They close the door behind you and you are in a square room. Suddenly, three of the walls become a portal to another time, through which, all the ruins you just saw come to life and you can discover them as they should have been thousands of years ago. A landscape of imagination based on the facts that the work of archaeologists has gradually unearthed. And that continues today. The voice of an "Iberian" tells us his feelings when he returns to Indika after a long period of absence. This "immersive room" of Ullastret 3D has been made with technology in principle designed for video games, which makes the site closer to young people and above all, makes it much more contemporary. According to the video of "how it was done" that can be seen in the museum website, in the future they may come to use this 3D recreation to apply it to the site's route, so that the visitor can see at all times, not only how it is now, but how it was in its time of splendor. The truth is that it is tremendous and those 6 minutes of 3D experience are very short. I wish they did the same in all the sites!