Tarragona (Catalan:, Spanish:Latin:Tarraco) is a city located in the south of Catalonia on the north-east of Spain, by the Mediterranean. It is the capital of the Spanish province of the same name and the capital of the Catalan comarca Tarragonès. In the medieval and modern times it was the capital of the Vegueria of Tarragona. As of the 2009 census, the city had a population of 140,184, and the population of the entire metropolitan area was estimated to be 675,921.
In Roman times, the city was named Tarraco and was capital of the province of Hispania Tarraconensis (after being capital of Hispania Citerior in the Republican era) The Roman colony founded at Tarraco had the full name of Colonia Iulia Urbs Triumphalis Tarraco.
Thishas led toTarragonaisa World Heritage Site.
Located right in the centre of the Costa Daurada, very close to the main towns on the coast, and well
connected to them, Reus is a typical Catalan city, with the Mediterranean touch, well known for
its shopping, modernist heritage and its close relationship to the universal Antoni Gaudí, the architect of the Expiatory temple of the Holy Family of Barcelona. This medieval city, steeped in almost a thousand years of history, lived its period of splendour as of the 18th Century thanks to the export of spirits. The major modernist buildings were built in Reus at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th, making it the most important city in Catalonia after Barcelona.
Reus, Gaudí's birthplace, has also conserved the more emblematic sites of the architect's childhood and youth, which you can get to know by taking a stroll along the Gaudí route, as well as a modern interpretation centre, the Gaudí Centre Reus, dedicated exclusively to the life and works of the genius.
At this moment in time, the enterprising spirit the city has always been famous for is mirrored in a very
dynamic, diversified and high-quality shopping activity in the historic centre, with a broad range
of prestigious brands and a highly professional service. Reus also has an intensive cultural and
festive life to offer, with plenty of events going on all year round. www.reusturisme.cat
Ruta del Cister
The Cistercian Route is an expression that identifies a particular territory consists of the counties of Alt Camp, Conca de Barberà and Urgell and its 65 municipalities.
Its name comes from the artistic and cultural heritage of each of these counties has a Cistercian monastery: Santes Creus, Poblet and Vallbona de les Monges. The three Cistercian monasteries are the bait of the Cistercian Route but the brand goes beyond the monasteries, their monumentality and sobriety, as he discovered some counties with traditions, a wealth of landscapes....
of the three monasteries, the visitor can discover a landrich in culture,heritage,
nature,wine and champagne, celebrations and traditions, crafts... www.larutadelcister.info.
It has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The monastery of Poblet is one of the best examples of religious architecture in Catalonia.
It was founded by Ramón Berenguer IV, Count of Barcelona,
who ceded it to the Cistercian order.
The monarchs of Aragon chose it as their royal pantheon and it became one of the major cultural
centres of the time; its library was particularly famous. It is an extremely valuable monumental site. Its most important buildings date from the 13th to the 15th centuries.
Monastery Santes Creus
It is situated in the region of Alt Camp, in a valley close to the River Gaiá.
The collection is an excellent example of the
architectonic elements followed by the Cistercian
monasteries. Its construction was prolonged from the 12th and 18th century.
The façade of the church, crowned by crenellation, is Romanesque, dates from the 11th century and contains a spectacular Gothic large window. It has a Latin cross plan, with three naves and five chapels. The cloister is Gothic and was built by Jaume II in 1313. The tombs of several abbots of the monastery are sculpted on the floor of the chapter room. www.larutadelcister.info/es/santes-creus
Convent Vallbona de les Monges
The monastery belongs to the Cistercian order.Founded by Ramón Berenguer IV around 1173. The church has a Latin cross plan, with a single nave with an ogive vault.Over the transept there is 13th century dome base.The sanctuary has three rectangular chapels.
Outside, the Romanesque facade is striking. It is decorated with archivolts, and offers a relief of the Virgin flanked by two angels in the tympanum.Inside there is a sarcophagus of Doña Violante, wife of Jaime I, and his daughter Doña Sancha.
To the south of the church the cloister and its rooms can be found.As part of its rooms, the Chapter House rectangular in plan is worth a mention. www.monestirvallbona.cat
It possesses an incredibly interesting medieval site, not lacking walled-in premises, which is also one of the best preserved in Cataluña. Its historic quarter has the Property of ultural Interest designation.
The best option for seeing the village is to leave your
vehicle outside the wall and visit the old
quarter on foot. Highlights among the most notable constructions that it houses include: the Archpriest Church of Santa María la Mayor (Gothic, 14th-16th centuries), with a Baroque front (17th century); the Sant Miquel Church, with a Romanesque façade (13th century) and Gothic body (14th century); and the Sant Marçal Church, also Gothic (14th century).
The medieval area also has a large number of Gothic civil constructions, such as the Royal Palace (14th century), the Castlà Palace (15th century), the Alenyà House (Gothic), the Desclegue House (16th century), and the Josa House (medieval).
Outside the village, the Gothic buildings of the Sant
Francesc Church (13th century) and
the Santa Magdalena Hospital (14th-16th centuries) should also be mentioned.
The village lies in the heart of the mountains of Prades, with an altitude of 950m. The village of Prades, was formerly the capital of the
county of Prades, connected to the Catalan royal house: Queen Margarida of Prades was the wife of Martí I l'Humà. It is an important and beautiful village; it is very distinctive with the Triassic
red stone that has given the village the nickname of Vermella (the red town). The gates in the walls, the arcaded square, the famous and beautiful Renaissance spherical fountain and the base of the
towers are all worth noting.
Prades is now an important residential neighbourhood, and it is known for its fair climate and landscape; its surrounded by a stunning natural environment.
Prades is famous for its potatoes, chestnuts and honey. www.prades.info.
Castle de Escornalbou
The first documentary mention dates from 1153. Both the castle, the centre of an extensive barony, and the church of Sant Miquel were occupied by Augustinian canons until 1574. Subsequently, the complex passed into the hands of the Franciscans, who retained it until 1835. In the first decade of the 20th century it was acquired by Eduard Toda, who freely restored it and rebuilt it. In it, he brought together interesting collections of prints, ceramics and objects of all kinds, as well as a notable library. The most noteworthy features of the group of buildings are the Romanesque church (12th-13th centuries), the remains of the chapter house and the cloister, and Eduard Toda's residence, which has been carefully restored, and now constitutes a fine example of an upper-class home of the early 20th century.
There are superb views over the Tarragona region from the arches of the cloister or, better still, from the sanctuary of Santa Bàrbara, which stands on the peak above.
PARQUE NATURAL DEL DELTA DEL EBRO, Located within the zone where UNESCO (May 28, 2013) has stated the Terres de l'Ebre, new Biosphere Reserve.
This is the largest wetland in Catalonia, and one of the most important in the Mediterranean region
The estuary of the river, which gives its name to this region, forms a first class nature reserve, with a richness of flora and fauna beyond compare. It has a total surface area of 7,736 hectares in the Baix Ebre and Montsià regions. Here, you will find many lagoons: La Bassa de les Olles, El Canal Vell, El Garxal, L'Alfacada, la Platjola, la Tancada and L'Encanyissada; as well as Buda, Sapinya and Sant Antoni islands; La punta de la Banya and El Fangar peninsulas, the Casablanca moorlands and Els Ullals de Baltasar (blow holes).
As for vegetation, there are more than 500 different species including reedbeds, bulrushes, ucalyptus and River Woodbines. Not forgetting rice, which is the star of the area and rice fields occupy lots of land in the delta. Regarding fauna, birds are very important here, with 50,000 to 100,000 examples
of 300 different species. The humid climate is ideal for insects and invertebrates, and the differing degrees of salinity in the water means that there are also many different fish, including eels, red mullet and sea bass which live alongside other introduced fish like the Wels Catfish.
Climatic conditions and the natural beauty of the land, give visitors some wonderful scenery to admire, where the water from the river and the sea plays a leading part. There are many routes and activities to choose from in the Ebre Delta and nearby towns and villages.
The Priorat region
The Priorat Region or County
It is a land of steep vineyards, harsh cliffs and imposing rock-faces, hidden valleys and cool ravines. It is a place of
flatlands and mountains, crystal-clear streams, sunny and ordered cultivated areas.
It is a world of small but resilient villages which have survived plagues, severe frosts, conquests and floods. This land has been inhabited since men lived in caves; since they started to work the land and build dry-stone walls to support the slopes. They cleared the forests and planted their crops;
they constructed bridges, hermitages and castles.
Come and meet the men and women of the Priorat region who have cultivated their
love of this land and its countryside. Newcomers are captivated by the magic of
this place, where angels climb ladders and wine runs through people’s veins.