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The Cistercian Route
An Immersion in the History and Culture of Catalonia
A journey through the iconic Cistercian Monasteries and the beauties of Catalonia
The Cistercian Route, a voyage through time and monasteries, represents one of the most authentic ways to live and experience Catalonia. The monasteries of Santes Creus, Poblet, and Vallbona de les Monges, the three crown jewels of the route, are much more than simple monuments. They are windows to the past and living testimonials of Catalan traditions and history.
Immerse Yourself in Catalan Traditions and Customs
Throughout this route, you will find yourself immersed in the heart of Catalonia's traditions and customs. You will discover everything from local festivals to typical gastronomy and the ancestral viticulture techniques that have survived through the centuries.
Explore at Your Own Pace with Our Customized Visit Packages
We appreciate that every traveler is different and that each has their own preferences and time constraints. Therefore, at La Teva Ruta, we offer a variety of visit packages so that you can explore these monasteries at your own pace and according to your own needs.
Visit Poblet and Montblanc in One Morning
Begin your journey at the grand Monastery of Poblet, one of Spain's most significant Cistercian monasteries, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, before heading to the charming medieval town of Montblanc, where Saint George allegedly defeated the great dragon according to the legend.
This half-day tour is perfect for those seeking an introduction to the Cistercian Route.
One Day Tour: Poblet, Montblanc, and Santes Creus
If you seek a total immersion in Cistercian history and culture, we recommend our full-day tour. Start at Poblet, a monastery that was the nerve center of Medieval Catalonia, pass through Montblanc, and end at the evocative Monastery of Santes Creus, where you can enjoy the beauty of its Cistercian decoration. Here, you will also appreciate the variety of styles that compose it due to its numerous reforms over the years.
A Morning at the Monastery of Vallbona de les Monges
For a more tranquil and contemplative experience, we offer the opportunity to spend a morning at the Monastery of Vallbona de les Monges, the only one on the route that still hosts a community of nuns. Kings such as Alfonso the Wise, Alfonso the Chaste, and Jaime the Conqueror stayed at this monastery.
During the visit to its interior, you will see the monastery's cloister, one of the corners that will undoubtedly attract your attention.
Discover The Cistercian Route with La Teva Ruta
At La Teva Ruta, we are passionate about sharing the beauty and history of the Cistercian monasteries. We invite you to join us on this adventure, to discover The Cistercian Route, and to live an unforgettable experience.