History, olive trees and flavours of Escornalbou

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History, olive trees and flavours of Escornalbou

Riudecanyes, in Baix Camp region, is located inland, between Argentera Mountain Range and Costa Dorada.

After the Reconquest, King Alfonso the 2nd of Aragón and the 1st of Catalonia ordered the construction of a church and a monastery on this mountain. The monastery, located 600 metres above sea level became an important religious and administrative centre for the Barony, whose capital we Riudecanyes. The monastery was used until the 19th century. After that, it became abandoned. After decades of neglect, the Reus diplomat Eduardo Toda acquired the old building to rebuild it as a private house. Nowadays, the  Sant Miquel d’ Escornalbou Monastery is one of the most beautiful monuments in the province of Tarragona.

Both the mountain and the monastery give their name to Escornalbou Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This product is made in Riudecanyes Cooperative and has become an important sign of identity for the people of the old Barony.

Itinerary

  • Visit to the olive grove
  • Visit to Fruits del Paisatge Visitor Centre
  • Visit to Sant Miquel d’Escornalbou Monastery

 

We start the visit in an olive grove to learn about the origin of  Arbequina variety, its characteristics,  the cultivation, the collect, etc. After the walk, we visit Fruits del Paisatge (Fruits of Landscape) Interpretation Centre, located in the old facilities of the Cooperative. This centre exhibits an old oil mill and a hydraulic press, as well as an exhibition and audiovisuals. Here you can also taste Escornalbou Extra Virgin Olive Oil, made in Riudecanyes. To finish the route, we visit Sant Miquel d’ Escornalbou Monastery.

If you wish, you can begin or finish the tour with a breakfast or a lunch in the olive grove. Contact us to consult the menus. 15 people max.

 

Visits for groups by appointment

When:

subject to availability and prior consultation.

Price:

Consult the price

Language:

Spanish, Catalan or English.

Includes:

Tasting of bread and olive oil.

Transport:

The transfer between the olive groves and Riudecanyes is done in the visitors’ own vehicle, following the guide.

Allergies:

Please report any food allergies.

Recommended clothing:

Comfortable shoes are recommended.

Difficulty:

Low.

Accessibility:

The visit to the Castle is not suitable for wheelchairs.

Pets:

Not allowed in the Castle, except for small dogs held in the arms.

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Fruits del Paisatge Visitor Centre

  • Carrer del Dilluns, 70, 43771 Riudecanyes, Tarragona
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Castell Monestir de Sant Miquel Esconalbou

  • Carrer del Castell Monestir Escornalbou, Riudecanyes, España