Near Tarragona, inland from the Costa Daurada, we will find a fascinating, mystic and religious legacy: the Cistercian Route.
The Cistercian route is located inland from the Costa Daurada and links three monasteries belonging to the Cistercian Order dating back to the 12th century. A considerable amount of history and medieval architecture can be appreciated in the territory. The monastery of Poblet, declared world heritage by UNESCO, still retains all its monastic activity as religious life is still present.
Near Tarragona, inland from the Costa Daurada, we will find a fascinating, mystic and religious legacy: the Cistercian Route. This route takes visitors to three monasteries where the monks of the Cistercian Order used to live: Poblet, Santes Creus and Vallbona de les Monges.
The route connects three monasteries that make up an architectonic, historical and cultural point of interest related to the Medieval splendour of Catalonia. Among them is the Monastery of Poblet, which was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1991 and still retains its monastic activity today.
Administrative buildings, hospitals, chapels, artisan workshops and farms were built in these three spaces. The link among these three monasteries is the Cistercian Route.
Currently, the Monastery of Poblet and Vallbona de les Monges have monastic life. That is why in the Monastery of Santes Creus, spaces that are prohibited to guests in the former two monasteries can be visited in the latter. This monastery was declared a Historical-Artistic National Monument in 1951.
The Monastery of Poblet was a neurological centre for the Crown of Aragon given that various kings are buried there. Poblet still has a community of monks who take care of the grounds.
The route ends in Vallbona de les Monges (province of Lleida). The monastery joined the Cistercian Order in 1176 and was for women, housing a continuous community for more than 800 years.
A contemplative look at history with guided tours, special events and classical music concerts, all wrapped in the spiritual aura of a territory rich in cuisine, culture, artisan crafts, nature and the best local traditions.
Present-day Tarragona prides itself on retaining its imperial past as one of the most important capitals over many centuries.