I discovered the southern part of Catalonia in the interior of Costa Daurada, in a region that is called Baronia d'Escornalbou. We have been two full days going around incredible towns, stone towns, with architectural jewels and amazing gastronomy.
Our route started in Dues Aigües, a lovely stone town that has two incredible bridges built in 1893, one with 14 archs spread over two levels and the other one with 9 archs. The bridge with 14 archs is known by the name the viaduct of Masos and it has been awarded to be an Industrial Heritage Element of Catalonia.
If you visit Duesaigües you can't miss the grandfather's museum, a personal museum that is focused on working tools and daily life objects from all times, most of them not in use anymore but it is interesting to see them. There are tools used for working the land, and processing olives, almonds, and other fruits. There is also a room full with the domestic life as a theme with ancient cooking pots, irons, cleaning products, toys etc...
Argentera was our next stop, a charming stone town, you can time travel to ancient times and imagine ladies with their big dressed walking through these streets. We could see on the street some words of Jacint Verdaguer, a famous Catalan poet, that it is said that spent a night in Argentera, at Ca la Maria in 1899.
If you stop by in Vilanova d'Escornalbou, visit Cal Peirí, an ancient noble house from the XVII century, now is a restaurant so you can take the chance and have lunch inside!
There is another building that is a jewel in town, I was impressed by the house of Cosme Toda's family, a ceramic merchant that decided to built a very colorful house for him and his family and decorated with tiles in the façade, it seems that it is coming out from a fairy tale.
Arbocet was definitely one of my favorite towns of the route, a little town with only 30 habitants and 2 streets that belongs to the Baronia d'Escornalbou. Arbocet is a name that comes from the word "arbusetum" in latin, that in Catalan means a place with shrubs.
The town is famous for its two defense towers that date back to the twelve century, called Moorish towers, and these ones are the best preserved in the region. They are unique for the fact that two towers are located in the same village, one has a round based and it is located within the village called Cal Torratxa tower. The other one has a rectangular base and it is located right at the entrance of the village called Cal Madico. It is worth mentioning the restaurant el Celler del Arbocet, although we did not try it, everyone in the are recommend it.
We didn't stop in Alforja town in our route, although it is in the area, but we did stop at a winery house that belongs to Alforja called Mas del Botó that is located 600m above the sea level, they work with Cabernet Sauvignon, Carinyena and Grenache grape varieties. A nice stop in the middle of nature savoring catalan wines and typical cured meats.
It is where we slept in the amazing Casa del Pantà, I am in love of that place, I could see the water from my window, and I could be having those home made breakfasts every day for sure. We visited the reservoir at Riudecanyes and my favorite place the Escornalbou Castle, a hidden medieval jewel on the top of the hill. See my experience having breakfast among olive trees, and also and a detailed visit to Riudecanyes.
Disclaimer: this trip to la Baronia d'Escornalbou has been sponsored by Muntanyum to discover Costa Daurada mountains. As always, the opinion is my own. Guided tours provided by La teva ruta.