The village and the surrounding areas are steeped in history. The whole region offers a wide range of possibilities from the magnificent surrounding mountain ranges of Els Ports and Montsia to the attractive architectural and cultural heritage of the towns and villages including prehistoric and Roman archaeological discoveries, the Arab and Templar fortresses, the deep-rooted local folklore and traditions, local crafts and the wealth and originality of the cuisine. Miravet dates back to the 9th Century under the name of Murábit and the castle was built in the 11th Century by the Muslims and was one of the last Islamic stongholds in Catalonia. The Templar Order rebuilt and extended the complex during the 12th and 13th Centuries, giving the castle its present look.

There are many historical sites around the region in the various towns and villages. Some examples would be: 

Tortosa (35 minute drive away) is located in a strategic position at the mouth of the river, the most important waterway of the Peninsula which explains why it has been the political, economical and cultural centre of a large territory since Roman times. The town brings together Iberian, Roman, Arab, Renaissance, Jewish and Christian architecture and sites. With its Roman fortress, Gothic Cathedral from 1347, 14th Century Bishop’s Palace and Modernist buildings, Tortosa makes for an interesting historical visit.

Reus (45 minute drive away) offers a Modernist trail where you will find over 20 examples of fine modernist architecture which were certainly influenced by Domčnech’s style. The Gaudí Centre is well worth a visit located in a 1,200m2 centre offering an insight into the work and mind of the world famous architect, Antoni Gaudí, born and educated in Reus before leaving for Barcelona.

 

Tarragona (55 minute drive away) In 2000, the UNESCO committee decided to officially declare the Roman archaeological complex of Tarraco a World Heritage Site. The area still preserves the amphitheatre built in the 2nd Century to house 14,000 spectators, the Roman Circus dating back to the 1st Century built to hold horse and chariot races, the Walls which originally ran 3,500 mts with some 1,100 mts still remaining today bordering Tarragona’s present-day old quarter which is the oldest Roman construction still preserved today outside of Italy, along with many more Roman remains and a beautiful old quarter with its winding streets and cathedral.

 

Surrounding villages – there is an endless list of surrounding small towns and villages which all have something to offer including numerous historical and cultural sites, enchanting old quarters offering Moorish, medieval and Roman architecture and beautiful look out points over the surrounding landscapes. Some examples would be:  Tivissa with its cave paintings showing evidence of its earliest human life, the walled centre of the village with its Renaissance style church and the hermitage of Sant Blai. Benifallet where you will find two historical settlements; one dating from the 7th Century BC containing Phoenician pottery and the second one from the Iberian period which has an impressive defence system. The village also has an ancient town centre and a neo-classical style parochial church and a Romanesque hermitage from the 18th Century. Vinebre offers various historical treasures including the Iberian settlement of Sant Miquel which has been dated back to the last quarter of the 2nd Century BC where hand-made pottery, terracotta figures and coins have been found.