Located in the Catalan province of Tarragona, Horta de San Juan is a town with a traditional and aged air. And not only that, but it is located in the region of Terres de l'Ebre, which hides places of great natural wealth. Do you want to know him a little better? You'll love it for sure.
The medieval village of Horta de San Juan
The town of Horta de San Juan is a municipality full of charm. One of those quiet villages for which you want to walk to discover calmly those corners that make it special. We are going to talk about them.
San Salvador conventConvent of San Salvador - Future75 / Wikimedia Commons
We will begin the visit to Horta de San Juan on the outskirts. The Franciscan convent of San Salvador is of Cultural Interest. An enclosure whose buildings belong to different stages, which go from the 12th century onwards.
The convent is in ruins, though You can see some parts of the old building, such as the remains of the cloister. In fact, many pilgrims arrive here every year, who also visit the cave and the source of San Salvador, very close to this area. The one that has remained standing is the church.
A walk through the town centerStreet of Horta de San Juan - Angela Llop / Flickr.com
In Horta de San Juan you have to discover beautiful places such as its arcaded square, or as its town hall, a 16th-century Renaissance building. We must also stop at the church of San Juan Bautista, a Gothic temple built between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries.
House of the Comanda
A building declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest. Now it is a private residence, but in its history served as the seat of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
In its outer structure We can appreciate Renaissance details in its construction. For example, the semicircular arches in its lower part, or the gargoyles that adorn its two floors. Also a shield of Navarre is conserved on the door and a tower in one of its upper corners.
The Prior TowerPrior Tower - Angel Llop / Flickr.com
We left the town. This is a defensive fortification of the Middle Ages that protected the lands dedicated to agriculture. It is located in an area that in previous times it was possible to develop this activity due to the proximity of sources and elements that facilitated irrigation.
In fact, remains of other buildings can be seen around the tower, so at some point this place was key in the future of Horta de San Juan. Walking along the convent or the Prior tower is the best way to get closer to the history of the town.
Natural environment in Terres de l'EbreLandscape in Terres de l'Ebre
The municipality of Horta de San Juan, in addition to its architectural wealth, has an interesting natural environment. It is located in the Natural Park of the Ports, a protected area where many species live, both flora and fauna. In fact, it is a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA).
If you are to take the backpack and put on comfortable clothes to walk in the mountains or other natural environments, the trip to Terres del'Ebre will love it. In this park you have up to ten tops to crown. The highest, Mount Caro, with 1441 meters.
In your way you will enjoy a walk through pine forests of different species. And it is easy that you can see some specimens of its varied fauna, although the one that reigns here is the wild goat. There are also otters, wild cats or bats.
But, as we said, It is a special habitat for birds. In fact, in this park live specimens of birds of prey that go from the griffon vulture or the golden eagle, to the peregrine falcon or the eagle owl.
Inside Terres de l'Ebre, and very close to Horta de San Juan, there are more spaces of great natural wealth. Among them, the Delta del Ebro Natural Park stands out, which is also a destination for tourists looking for protected green spaces.