This full-day tour will take you on a trip back in time, visiting the 12th-century Poblet Monastery and the Medieval village of Montblanc. You’ll start your journey with a drive through the countryside – passing sweeping meadows and forests, and pretty villages like Valls – and into the Francoli Valley. The monastery sprawls out alongside the foot of the Prades Mountains. It was founded by French monks back in 1150 and has been repurposed over the years, spending time as an abbey, a fortress, and even a royal residence. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site back in 1991 and is now a working monastery with around 30 live-in monks. You’ll have time to walk around the complex before getting the coach to the walled village of Montblanc. This place is extremely well-preserved and visiting is like stepping back in time to Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. As you wander through the cobbled streets with your guide, you’ll notice cute little cottages, Gothic churches, the royal palace, and also a Jewish quarter. You’ll have some free time after the tour to explore. This is an ideal time to get a flavour for traditional Catalan cuisine, like escudella and calçots, and browse the antique shops and that are dotted along the streets.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.