Miravet Castle Tour

Miravet Castle on the River Ebro

Miravet Castle on the River Ebro

As its close by to the yoga retreat, visit Miravet castle, home of the knights Templar. Enjoy views of the Ebro river and surrounding mountains from the parapet atop this castle which dates back to the 2nd century BCE.

Our Miravet  castle tour takes you across the river Ebro by small car ferry to this very beautiful, and typically Spanish village. We wind through cobbled streets, and make our way up to the imposing castle above the village. Later we enjoy tapas in the village at a sunny riverside bar.

The village of Miravet is also home to a number of lovely potteries, selling pottery from this region and from all corners of Spain. Really great souveniers such as colourful pasta dishes, rustic wine jugs and salad bowls can be bought at pleasingly low prices.

Many guests who join us on this trip feel that they have fully experienced “The Real Spain” that many other visitors to the nearby Costa Daurada don´t see.

A Brief History of Miravet Castle

The earliest remains found on the castle site are Iberian, dating back to the 2nd century. The oldest parts of the Moorish castle date from the 11th century.

Winding Through the Cobbled Streets of Miravet

Winding Through the Cobbled Streets of Miravet

The Time of the Knights Templar and The Hospitallers

In the second half of the 12th century and during the 13th extensive construction took place after the conquest of Tortosa and the surrounding area by Count Ramon Berenguer IV during the process of Catalan territorial expansion. Between 1151 and 1153, Miravet were conquered by feudal lords.

Ramon Berenguer IV gave the castle of Miravet and it´s lands to the order of the Knights Templar.

The Templars then transformed the Moorish castle into a Templar fortress. During the second half of the 12th century and the 13th century the main wings of the upper bailey were built, including the church and part of the defensive walls.

In 1307 James II of Catalonia and Aragon ordered that the Templars should be detained and wished to confiscate all of their assests. The Templars resisted this order and managed to maintain possesion of Miravet castle until they were overthrown by James´soldiers in 1308.

The Templars assests then passed to the knights of the Hospitallers and Miravet castle came under the juristiction of the Castle of Amposta.

Centuries later, during the Spanish civil war, Miravet was occupied by Nationalist forces in 1938, then the Republican army recovered it, only to lose it back to the Nationalist forces again, later in the same year.

In 1990 Miravet castle was donated to the Catalonian government, which declared it a Site of National Interest and opened the castle to the public in 1994 after excavation and restoration work had been carried out.

€30 Per Person
Hiking up to Miravet Castle with the Church Below

Hiking up to Miravet Castle with the Church Below

 

 

Crossing the Ebro River by Small Car Ferry to Access Miravet Village

Crossing the Ebro River by Small Car Ferry to Access Miravet Village

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