L'Escala is a municipality in the comarca of the Alt Empordà in Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the Costa Brava, located between the southern end of the Gulf of Roses and Cala (bay) Montgo. It is an important fishing port and tourist centre, and has a festival dedicated to its famous anchovies.
The Alfolí de la Sal, also known as the Posit Vell, is a seventeenth century warehouse formerly used to store the salt necessary to preserve fish landed at the port: it is now a protected historic-artistic monument. The ruins of Empúries are located on the territory of the municipality, with Phoenician and Roman remains dating from 580 BC.
L'Escala is the village of Victor Catala (pseudonym of Caterina Albert, 1869-1966) a famous novel writer.