Montblanc is the capital of the region of Conca de Barbera in Tarragona. It was declared to be of monumental and artistic interest, and it is amazing. On the outside it's ugly and industrial, but once you step inside it is amazing. Besides strolling through its medieval streets you can visit churches and palaces, enjoy a calçotada at various restaurants or go to a cellar in a modernist winery.
Montblanc is a surprise hidden in the heart of the Tarragona province and proves once and for all that Tarragona’s charms aren’t limited to just the beach! The medieval district is beautiful and well-preserved and has a touch of modesty which I really liked. The old Jewish quarter, winding narrow streets, archways, convents, churches, and palaces are all found here, but I especially liked the walled city. That this place has been declared a Historic-Artistic Monument is no surprise. It’s fun to get lost in the narrow streets, explore the cute little shops and art galleries, and visit the museums.
It’s a place where the stones talk and have a lot of history to tell, especially about the city’s most famous legend: that of Sant Jordí i el Drac (St. George and the Dragon), a legend which gave birth to one of the most beautiful festivals in all of Catalonia. Feeling like a prince or princess in a fairy tale is pretty easy when you’re in a place like this. An entire magical world of knights, princesses, and legends comes alive in this beautiful and incomparable part of Tarragona. All you have to do is pass under the archway.
The church of Santa Maria Maggiore is like the icing on this beautiful cake that is the medieval town of Montblanc. Once you have entered its walls, it will be very easy to spot from afar and get to it. It's remarkably well-preserved and is undoubtedly going to be very attractive to medieval architecture buffs, who can contemplate a thousand and one details. Its facade and gargoyles left a strong impression on me.
This church, outside the walls, is an excellent example of how you can use an old building that has no role for community purposes. The church houses the tourist office, exhibitions, such as Clickania, concerts and other events. Local parking is easily found and is definitely the perfect spot to obtain information and visit the old town of Montblanc.
Strolling through Montblanc I cannot but help to admirethis beautiful arcaded square formed by arches and made of stone and around which stand many buildings. It is part of the historical center of the city so it is worth taking it easy and enjoy the details. Imagine and think about how life was in the past.
This corner of Montblanc is our downfall, due to the excellent pastries, sweets, chocolates, cakes and candies that you can enjoy here. The service is so good that you feel like a friend rather than a customer. We go a few times a year at Easter and Christmas, no more because we're miles away, but it's always worth the trip. A visit to Montblanc is very nice and it would be a sin not to go to the Pastisseria Viñas. This year it won the second prize for innovative storefronts but they deserve the first prize.
Built in the thirteenth century, with modifications at different times, the facade is very austere and Romanesque and the roof has archivolts and capitals. Inside is XIV century Gothic, with a single nave without an apse, a wooden deck, a coffered ceiling and polychromatic diaphragm arches. The altar has a big box with a beautiful painting of St. Michael the Archangel. There are small chapels along the nave and a large, striking cross with Christ crucified. The Municipal Tourism Office, based in St. Francesc Església Antiga s/n that is open Monday-Saturday from 10:00-13:30 am and 15:0018:30. On Sundays and holidays from 10:00-14:00.
This place is known for its succession of walls, gates and towers. The "Old Bridge" offers a nice view of the town. It is also essential to walk around the outside of these magnificent canvas walls, about 6 meters high and nearly five feet thick. The walls of the villa are considered the best preserved in Catalonia and also among the most beautiful. I have visited several times. I remember the first time we came here with a friend from Barcelona who told us that the legend of Sant Jordi was developed in this village and also in one of the doors or portals, one can read and recreate this curious story that is part of the identity of this land. I guess it is my Spanish heritage that resulted in me not knowing the details. It was winter which made the place seem even more magical. Tip: leave the car parked and enjoy a stroll around the interesting historical, cultural and photogenic sights in this unique setting.
The walls of Montblanc are one of the main attractions of the city and are now even more so since they’ve restored them and opened them up for visitors to explore the towers.
The visit is very interesting and gives you an entirely different perspective of the city. At the tourism office, they’ve started a program which lets you explore the city walls and end your visit with a tasting of tapas and regional wine in some of the bars and cafés in the city center. It’s the perfect finish. The entire visit (walls + tapas) costs 8 euros.
The hospital - church of Sant Marcal was built in the mid-fourteenth century. It was erected in 1339 by a wealthy merchant Jaume Marcal to assist the poor. The structure was not quite finished at the time, due to the plague epidemic of 1348. Following this, it was the headquarters of the Brotherhood of the Blood of Christ. Now, it consists of a single nave and, inside, stands the painting of St. Christopher of XV.