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Remainders of the past, antique routes


Tarragona, founded by the Romans on the shore of the Mediterranean, has remained an important city over the centuries: it was the seat of a metropolitan archidiocese from the Middle Ages onwards and more recently became a commercial port and the home of important industries and services. Tarragona has preserved from its long past a rich archeological and architectural heritage.


Around Tortosa and the Ebro basin.

This route, wich runs through the most southerly regions of Catalonia, affords the oportunity to admire a whole series of ancient remains as well as numerous villages and landscapes which, quite apart from their archeological interest, posses numerous attractions and a personality all their own.

Tivissa. Patera procedente del Castellet de Banyoles
Tivissa. Patera from Castellet de Banyoles.

From Barcelona to the Maresme, Osona and Vallès regions.

This route, which offers a variety of interesting sights and landscapes, starts in Barcelona, proceeds up the coastal range, corsses the massif of Montseny, one Catalonia's foremost nature reserves, continues across the Plana de Vic, with its frequent winter fogs, before returning to the gentle landscapes of Vallès.

Barcelona. Museo de Historia de la Ciudad.
Barcelona. Museu d'Història de la Ciutat.

Up the Llobregat valley to Solsona, and through Penedés, Anoia and Conca de Barberà 

This long route runs up most of the Llobregat valley as far as the Solsonés region in the Pyrenean foothills before crossing the southern part of the Catalan hinterland which are usually less known than the coast or the Pyrenees, to enjoy some really attractive scenery and admire buildings and remains from both ancient world and more recent periods.

Martorell. Puente del Diablo y Arco del Triunfo.
Martorell. Arch and Pont del Diable

Western catalonia and the western catalan pyrenees

It is no easy task to design a route which will enable the visitor to explore the remains of ancient Catalonia to be found between the Western plains around Lleida and the great summits of the western Pyrenees. Sites are often a great distance apart and long drives are required in order to visit them. The travelling, however, is well worth while in view of the beauty of the landscapes and the buildings, the sporting facilities available, and the distinctive flavour of the cuisine of this western regions of Catalonia, which stretch from Pallars and the Val d'Aran to Garrigues.

Valle de Aran. Frontal de Gausac.
Val d'Aran. Antependium from Gausac.

From Girona region at Empordà  coast and Selva.

This route travels up much of Catalonia's northern coastline, including the whole of the Costa Brava, and takes un inland through Empordà  and other regions around Girona (Gironés, Selva, Pla de L'Estany, and Garrotxa). It offers a wide range of cultural and tourist attractions including highly varied scenery and villages, towns and cities which have presented splendid reminders, not only of their distant past, but also of medieval and more recent times.

Caja de novia con la Anunciación(s. XVI). MAC
Gerona. San Feliu, pagan sarcophagus, detail.