The monasteries of Santes Creus, Vallbona de les Monges, and Santa Maria de Poblet, define the most extraordinary Cistercian Route across Europe.
Bringing together the three Cistercian monasteries across the known Cistercian Route, established 1989, is and has been an undisputed reference for tourism in its three counties, Conca de Barbera, Alt Camp and L’Urgell, which do not have spared no effort to make themselves known.
Go this route is one of the best ways to enjoy and admire the rich architectural heritage, cultural and traditional towns and villages that are the pride of this land, which above all is given to visitors by offering the grandeur of a past and the humility of a present that is written every day.
Monastery of Vallbona de les Monges
Its trapezoidal shape makes it different. An excellent tour of the purest and endearing Romanesque contrasts with two Gothic windows, slender and beautiful, on the north wing, and the west ship, in Renaissance style. Thanks to the recent renovations that have suppressed later buildings located on the cloister, it has returned to its origins. It currently offers an unusual image, full of light and opened to the sky.
Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet
The Monastery of Santa Maria de Poblet, located at the foot of the mountains of Prades, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, is the largest inhabited monastery in Europe, noted for its sobriety and austerity.
In the church are the royal tombs of the Crown of Aragon,noting that of James I the Conqueror.
The library is an important historical and artistic treasure of the Catalan-Aragonese Crown. Also, it has played a leading role in the history of Catalunya.
Monastery of Santes Creus
It is currently the only monastery of the Cistercian Route that has not monastic life, which allows visitors to enter at will in every corner of this magnificent monastery which preserves on each stone the most alive memory of its history. The guides will explain the history and the various legends that float around the monastery.