History, olive trees and flavours of Escornalbou

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  • Olive oil tourism
  • 3,5 hores
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  • Product tasting
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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.



  • Fruits del Paisatge Visitor Centre
  • The olive grove
  • Sant Miquel d’Escornalbou Monastery


We start the visit in the  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 projections. Here you can also taste Escornalbou Extra Virgin Olive Oil, made in Riudecanyes. After that, we have a lovely walk around the village and head to the olive grove, where we can learn about the origin of  Arbequina variety, its characteristics,  the cultivation, the collect, and so on. To finish, we go to Sant Miquel d’ Escornalbou Monastery, where we visit the interior and enjoy fantastic views from there.

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


subject to availability and prior consultation.


Consult the price


Spanish, Catalan or English.


Tasting of bread and olive oil.


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


Please report any food allergies.

Recommended clothing:

Comfortable shoes are recommended.




The visit to the Castle is not suitable for wheelchairs.


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


Fruits del Paisatge Visitor Centre

  • Carrer del Dilluns, 70, 43771 Riudecanyes, Tarragona

Castell Monestir de Sant Miquel Esconalbou

  • Carrer del Castell Monestir Escornalbou, Riudecanyes, España