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History, culture, festivals and traditions

History

Iberians, Romans, Saracens, Templar Knights , Knights of Malta, Aragoneses, Catalans, Romanesque people, Gothic , Renaissance people, Baroque people, Modernist people, Carlists, Nationalist, Republicans… The marks of men and their works remain on the Terra Alta.

History has left many elements around the region from the era of the Ibers to present day and show us the splendour of these places in the past. Iberian villages of Batea, Caseres and Gandesa are the first footprint that history has made in the region. Repopulated by the Knights Templar after the expulsion of the Saracens , the remains of towers and castles that rosed majestically to defend the territory are still evident today. The region was severely punished during the Carlist Wars although the strongest footprint is the Battle of the Ebro, during 5 endless months, fields and mountains of the region became a sad scene of one of the cruelest battles of the Spain Civil War.

Culture, festivals and traditions

In spring, the procession to the chapel; in summer, heat and the local festival; in autumn, grape picking; in winter, the oil arrives; for Sant Antoni the animals are blessed and spring returns. The Terra Alta is always celebrating Earth’s eternal cycle.

The Terra Alta hosts a wide range of varied popular events that make it an area with an heritage full of venerable traditions.

A large number of hermitages are conserved in unique spots. In spring they become the focus of pilgrimages and processions, hosting days full of emotions where there is no lack of brotherhood and excitement.

The local festivals are one of the best moments to visit the villages of Terra Alta. Full of traditions and customs, one highlight is the “Dansada” (a kind of traditional “jota” dance), which is the typical dance of the region. Besides, typical and traditional events continue to be held that keep the identity of these villages alive.

In all towns you will find notable festivals and fairs; the Honey Festival (Arnes), the Wine Festivals and Fairs (Batea, Gandesa), the Oil Festival (Bot and la Fatarella), Sweet Autumn (Horta de Sant Joan), Pinellart (Pinell de Brai), the Eau-de-Vie Festival (Prat de Comte) and the Almond Festival. La Pobla de Massaluca receive the varied calendar of events for our towns.

The cultural events are very alive and verifiable in Terra Alta. Theater groups, "Jota" groups , bands, "grallers", "geganters", etc. pervade the region a cultural environment that enriches the coexistence and promotes welcoming people.

Discover Terra Alta

Towns

Towns

In spring, the procession to the chapel; in summer, heat and the local festival, in autumn, grape picking; in winter, the oil arrives; for Sant Antoni the animals are blessed and spring returns.

Landscapes

Landscapes

A changing landscape, as the universe itself: tamed by Mediterranean culture where the man picks up the fruit of the land, untamed and wild where man finds a space for freedom.

History, culture, festivals and traditions

History, culture, festivals and traditions

The Iberian towns in Batea, Caseres and Gandesa are the first footprint that history has made in the region.

Heritage

Heritage

Religious architecture is present in all towns with magnificent Romanesque and Gothic buildings that surprised visitors pleasantly .

Greenway of the Terra Alta

Greenway of the Terra Alta

A nice tour of the old railway line from the Val de Zafan that joined Terol with catalunya until years 70.

Natural Park of Ports

Natural Park of Ports

In Natural Park of Ports, the vegetation is thick and splendid, with wildlife and nature in the wild.

The wines of Terra Alta

The wines of Terra Alta

The wines are elegant and elaborate structure, power and fullness, complexity and high expression.

Gastronomy

Gastronomy

Our cuisine is traditional, but also to adapt to changing times and to project an image of absolute contemporaneity.

The Gold of Terra Alta

The Gold of Terra Alta

Gold of Terra Alta is the oil that is drawn and which is a non-negotiable element of our food culture.

Modernism of Terra Alta

Modernism of Terra Alta

Wine cathedrals are based on modernism and 20th century.

Get Organized

In Terra Alta you can find a big variety of places, accommodation, restaurants, tourist service companies, and more things to enjoy this sublime place.

Where to sleep?
Where to sleep?Accommodation
Choose between different accommodation options you'll find in the region.
Where to eat?
Where to eat?Restaurants
Our cuisine is traditional, but it also adapts to changing times.
What activities can I do?
What activities can I do?Tourist services
Check out the companies that provide a range of tourist services.
How to arrive?
How to arrive?Tourist services
Map of the region where you can see the different ways that connect the Terra Alta.