Miravet Castle
Distance from L’Hospitalet de l’Infant:  38 km (via ferry over the river)
Type of activity: cultural, sightseeing
Time required: half a day. You may also spend an entire day leisurly exploring the region further down
           the river all the way to the Ebro Delta. For more information see www.terresdelebre.org

If you are looking for an excursion which combines medieval castle feeling with an enjoyable outing to the Ebro river, Miravet is just the right thing for you. In the heart of the Terres de l'Ebre, on the banks of the River Ebro lies the historical village of Miravet, immersed in an idyllic coutryside. Driving to Miravet, you should not miss the historical ferry across the river Ebro (the last one of its this kind). The ferry is powered only by the river current. As you cross at the river at a leisurly pace you have a chance to take in the beautiful views of the Miravet skyline.

On the rock towering over Miravet stands the Templar Castle. It was first built by the Arabs and  subsequently seized by the Templars in 1153. They changed the original Arab complex into a fortified castle-monastery in the military architecture typical of their order. In fact, Miravet is considered one of the best examples of Romanesque religious and military architecture of the Templar order and is one of the largest fortified structures in Catalonia. The complex includes rooms that bear witness to the economic independence of the castle-monastery: granaries and storage rooms, shops, a large kitchen, a church etc.  Around an interior courtyard lie a total of 15 rooms. Particularly interesting is the church of the Virgin Mary, the refectory and the so-called Hall of the Comendador. Between 1307 and 1308 the Castle was besieged heavily by Jaime II during a fight against the Templars. In its subsequent history up to the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) the castle was repeatedly damaged and rebuilt.  

Take a tour of the castle, climb the spiral staircase to the very top and enjoy yet more amazing views of the river Ebro and surrounding countryside!
Please consult opening hours on www.miravet.altanet.org

After you make your descent back, quaint street cafés, little shops and restaurants on the banks of the river invite you to linger and enjoy the atmosphere.

You may continue your exploration of the region all the way down the Ebro Delta. For more details please consult www.terresdelebre.org