History, olive trees and flavours of Escornalbou

Guided tour - History and olive oil - Mari Carmen Granados

History, olive trees and flavours of Escornalbou

Guided tour - History and olive oil - Mari Carmen Granados

Riudecanyes, town of Baix Camp, is located in the interior of the region, between Argentera Mountain Range and Costa Dorada.

This small town of just over 1,000 inhabitants became the capital of the Barony of Escornalbou, an ancient jurisdictional territory created in the 12th century.

Escornalbou is also the name of a mountain located 700 metres above sea level and 4 km from Riudecanyes

After the Reconquest, King Alfonso I of Catalonia and Aragon ordered the construction of an Augustinian church and monastery in this mountain. The monastery was in operation until the 19th century. After decades of neglect, the Reus diplomat Eduardo Toda acquired the old building to rebuild it as a private residence. Nowadays the Castle Monastery of Sant Miquel de Escornalbou is one of the most beautiful monuments in the province of Tarragona.

The name of the mountain and its castle is also the name of another heritage element of this region: the Escornalbou Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This product is made in the Riudecanyes Cooperative and has become an important brand of identity for the people of ancient Barony.

With this route we will visit the Castle Monastery of Escornalbou and the Interpretation Centre Fruits of Landscape, in Riudecanyes:


In order to learn about the characteristics of Escornalbou olive oil, we will start the visit in an olive grove, located in Montbrió del Camp, 5 km from Riudecanyes. While we take a walk, we will explain the origins of the Arbequina variety, the cultivation, the harvest and its characteristics. After the walk, we will go to Riudecanyes to visit the Interpretation Centre Fruits of Landscape, located in the old facilities of the Cooperative. This space exhibits an old oil mill and a hydraulic press, as well as an exhibition and audiovisuals. Here you can also taste the Escornalbou Extra Virgin Olive Oil, made in Riudecanyes.

To finish the route, we will visit the Castle of Escornalbou.

Language: English

Place: Riudecanyes

Province: Tarragona

Country: Spain

Activity level: Light

Duration Service: 3,5 hours

Price EU - Euro: 15€ person, 13,5€ retired and under 25 years old.


Service Schedule:

Subject to availability and prior consultation.

Not included:

Tasting of bread and olive oil.
The transfer between the olive groves and Riudecanyes is done in the visitors’ own vehicle, following the guide.

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* The published information of the services is updated periodically, but we recommend to check their validity previously.

Author: M.Carme Granados

El meu nom és M. Carme Granados i sóc de Reus. La meva passió per les humanitats em va portar a cursar la llicenciatura d’Història de l’Art a la Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Més tard vaig tenir ocasió d’especialitzar-me cursant el Màster Oficial en Gestió del Patrimoni Cultural de la Universitat de Barcelona. La importància del turisme per a la valoració i la conservació de la nostra cultura i per a la dinamització econòmica i social que desenvolupa, em va dur a orientar la meva carrera professional cap aquest camp. Així doncs, què millor que ser guia turística per viure de prop l’art, la cultura i la història i, poder així, transmetre-les als visitants. He treballat com a monitora de tallers infantils i sènior, com guia i informadora de museus i altres centres culturals, també he tingut ocasió de treballar en la gestió d’alguns museus i evidentment, com a guia turística especialitzada en la província de Tarragona.