L’Ametlla de Mar
Distance from L’Hospitalet de l’Infant: 13 Km
Type of activity: Sightseeing around fishing town
Time required: min. 2 hours
 
L’Ametlla de Mar

The picturesque center of L’Amettla del Mar has conserved much of its genuine characteristics as a fishing village. From L’Hospitalet de l’Infant it can be reached via highway AP-7 (exit 39) or by N-340, or by train on the Barcelona-Valencia line.  Fishing continues to be one of the principal activities of the town. The port area of L’ Ametlla has a large fleet of fishing boats which utilize various methods of fishing, such as trawling. L’Amettla also has the principal fleet of tuna fishing boats in Catalonia. The harbor has a sailing club with 225 berths.
 
If you want to get a taste of authentic fishing life we recommend that you visit the lively fish auction in the fish market. This is what you may find on your plate later for dinner! Sales are run by the Fishermen's Association, the auction takes place every working day from 4:00 p.m. onwards with the exception of the months of May and June due to the fish preservation season.


You may also enjoy a visit to the Castle of Sant Jordi d’Alfama.
 

First built in the 13th century, the castle served as headquarters of the Order of Sant Jordi d'Alfama, a congregation belonging to the Templars. The Order of Sant Jordi d'Alfama was founded in 1201 by Peter II the Catholic (1178-1213), king of Aragon and count of Barcelona. The name refers to the fact that the king gave the Order the desert of Alfama, just 5 km north of l’Ametlla as their land. This castle was destroyed and rebuilt several times over the centuries. The present building goes back to the early 19th century, after it had been destroyed during the Napoleonic Wars by the Spanish army itself to prevent it from being occupied by the French troops.