Les Garrigues, with 19,010 inhabitants (2021) and an area of 799.71 km2, is bordered to the north by Segrià, Pla d'Urgell and Urgell, to the south by Priorat and to the east by Conca de Barberà, while the Tarragona region of Ribera d'Ebre delimits the lands to the west.
The landscape of Les Garrigues is one of the most appreciated values for being a virgin area, where traditional, agricultural landscapes are maintained, with elements such as dry stone constructions and the implementation of new agricultural techniques that irrigation has contributed. Everything together transmits a harmony and tranquility of great value today.
In recent years there has been an increase in tourism, which is motivated by a local agri-food product.
Oil tourism allows you to get to know Les Garrigues and live unique and innovative experiences. You will be able to visit some of the old mills that have been converted into museums, do workshops, tasting among olive trees... you cannot leave without first tasting our oil, either in a tasting or in one of the restaurants in the area.
Holidays and traditions
The festivals of Les Garrigues are the result of a culture linked to the land and its gastronomy.
Of all the festivities, three stand out that are recognized by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat and which are: the Meeting of Giants, Grallers and Correfocs of Les Borges Blanques, the Bajada de la Cruz and the Procession of the Meeting of the Granadella and the Contest of Caçoles de tros de Juneda.
Of the fairs, the Extra Virgin Quality Olive Oil and Garrigues Fair stands out, which is held during the month of January in Les Borges Blanques, but we find others spread throughout the territory from November to March.
Visits of interest that you cannot miss
Rupestrian Ensemble of the Rock of the Moors of Cogul
One kilometer from Cogul, in the direction of Albagés, are the cave paintings of the Roca de los Moros, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. They are an example of Levantine rock art, with 45 figures, including human images, various animals, and also inscriptions from the Iberian and Latin alphabets. La Roca de los Moros is part of the rock art route, whose objective is to disseminate the main sets of rock art in our lands.
Iberian fortress of the Vilars de Arbeca
A particularity that distinguishes the Vilars from many contemporary towns is the location on a flat place, which does without any high defense; This fact can be explained by intense agricultural exploitation of the immediate land. The site is providing one of the most interesting iron age defense systems in all of Europe.
Macià de les Borges Blanques Space
Interpretation center of the life of Francesc Macià. The space shows, shares, recovers, preserves and disseminates the documentary, graphic, audiovisual and sentimental heritage linked to Francesc Macià, the first president of the contemporary Generalitat.
Oil Culture Center of Catalonia (CCOC) and Oil Museum of Catalonia in La Granadella
The CCOC groups, orders and offers a series of actions aimed at different audiences, all of them with olive oil as the link.
The Oil Museum of Catalonia, located in the heart of the headquarters of the Granadella Cooperative, contains the original facilities and machinery of the mill founded in 1920, which has been in disuse since 1986.
The region preserves four castles from the early medieval period: in Albi, Arbeca, La Floresta and Espluga Calba.
The wine route allows you to discover the different wineries in the region by taking guided tours and wine tasting.
dry stone constructions
The stone also has an important space in the cultural legacy of the region. The dry stone constructions are mainly old vaulted cabins, water receptacles, the margins or esponas, shelters and refuges, which were built exclusively with stone (without using any type of element between the stones) and which are perfectly integrated into landscape.
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