Pobla de Massaluca
Pobla de Massaluca
La Pobla de Massaluca, 363 meters above sea level, is the village of Terra Alta closest to the Riba-roja swamp, where the camp is located. It is a small town with around 400 habitants, well known for its excellent olive oil and quality wines. Almonds are also a typical product, you realize when you get close to the village which is surrounded by almond trees.
If you want to visit it, from september (wine production) to november (oil production) is a good time. Those days the cooperativa agrícola Caterra(cellar) receive the fruits daily so you can see the initial process of this production. You also have a small shop where you can buy all these typical products. But also, if you can not visit it, you can buy some of the products in our shop.
The "Almond fair" by the end of August is also a good time to visit the town and buy typical products and handicrafts.
The rest of the year is very interesting walking through its narrow streets, plenty of stone constructions built in a traditional way; enjoy breathtaking views from the lookout, a walk to the chapel of Santa Madrona or a quick visit to the church of "Sant Antoni".
Terra Alta is known worldwide for its excellent wines. White Grenache has become their "brand" and nowadays is rare to find a cellar that does not produce at least one 100% white grenache wine.
There are 12 villages comprising this region, some of the most important are Gandesa as capital and Horta de Sant Juan, next to "els Ports" natural park, one of the most popular tourist destinations.
The south of Terra Alta has many options to enjoy "Els Ports" natural park. Some of the most popular activities are climbing, hiking and bicycle rentals to explore the greenway of Terra Alta. You can find tourist services in Horta de Sant Joan, Bot, Prat de Comte or Arnes. We can advise and handle for your all those services or give you the contacts of those companies where you can get the best services.
Mequinenza has been historically very important in the energy industry of this country. As Jesús Moncada wrote in his most famous novels, Camí de sirga, before the Mequinenza and Riba-roja dams were built, coal was moved from Mequinenza to Fayón using big boats through the Ebro river. Once in Fayón, coal keep its way by train. After that, those boats were back to Mequinenza using strings and animals.
More recently, with the construction of Mequinenza dam (1966) and Riba-roja dam (1967) all people in Fayón and Mequinenza were relocated and their houses were rebuilt, it was a dramatic episode for all these people.
But one of the most characteristic points of this town, is the Mequinenza castle. Nowadays the castle is owned by Endesa. Information to visit the castle of Mequinenza.
If you want to know more about the history of Mequinenza, mining industry or the Ebro battle, there are several interesting museums.
Today, mining is close to disappear in Mequinenza. However, fishing tourism has grown considerably, becoming famous around the world (for fishing), especially as catfish fishing area.
Pobla de Massaluca in Terra Alta is a wonderful region to discover wines, oils and amazing landviews. Mequinenza and Fayón on the Aragón side reflect the character of this area with a recent interesting history around the Ebro river.