The Spanish Tuscany exists and it is located in el Baix Aragó. The combination of great food, beautiful rural setting and wild countryside still unexploited by man are characteristic features that, together with the flint stone, form the image of a haven of tranquility so close to home. This is Matarranya, where we can find everything, from traces of the Iberians, the first inhabitants of this region, to exceptional accommodation that helps the visitor connect with the untouched nature of Els Ports; we are talking about slow tourism in its purest form.
El Matarranya is located on the frontier between southern Catalonia and the northern València. Each and every one of the villages that make up el Matarranya oozes authenticity; each with unique characteristics that don’t leave the visitor indifferent. The region takes the name of the river that crosses the land. To see it in its maximum splendor you must pay a visit to Beseit. There, you will find various routes connecting to the Ports Natural Park, as well as El Parrisal and Les Gúbies, a water zone with great natural and scenic value.
100% nature and adventure for all ages. Canyoning or climbing in les Roques del Masmut in Pena-roja de Tastavins, or observing an astoninghing colony of common vultures that use the rocks to build their nests. You will find hiking routes throughout the region, but we highly recommend the Green Way at Vall de Safan that passes through several different villages.
Matarranya is synonymous with quality family tourism, from the Fondespatla Bioeschool, to discovering the footprints left by the sauropod dinosaurs, visiting Tastavins, or even horseriding with the children.
El Matarranya is culturally and architecturally vibrant; in this sense, Calaceit acts as the cultural capital of southern Aragon: ancestral traditions all year round, a wealth of language and literature, the preservation of architectural heritage and cultural get together. Every one of the villages comprising this Aragonese region of such great Mediterranian importance stands out for being a historical-artistic construction, especially La Freixneda (not counting Valderrobres or Calaceite itself). Its urban center with arcaded streets, sunny squares and large buildings declared as of cultural interest (the Town Hall, La Casa de la Comanda, el Convent dels Mínims with its plateresque façade or the Chapel of Santa Bàrbara). Ràfels or la Torre del Comte are also examples of these architectual jewels of the region.
The villages of Massalió and Cretes take us back to prehistoric times with their remains of rupestrian paintings and Neolithic settlements of the Bronze and Iron Ages. You can also find the old Iberian village of Saint Christopher.
In Mont-roig you get a true feel for the Middle Ages, with the Torredarques bridge or in the urban center of Fórnols. The legends told by the villagers instantly transport you to a magical era of knights.
In short, we find ourselves in a Mediterranian setting with aires of a Spanish Tuscany that offers the visitor a wide variety of very well preserved landscapes and ecosystems; the border land between Catalonia and València, with excellent gastronomy, welcomes the visitor with the warmth of a people who love their land.