The Iberian Route: Oil and wine in the land of the ilergeti | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


The Iberian Route: Oil and wine in the land of the ilergeti

Witness at first hand the process for the production of some of the best olive oil in the world and explore the heritage of the surrounding region
Spend a weekend touring through a region of Catalonia where some of the very best olive oil in the world is produced, as well as the D.O. wine Costers del Segre. Also explore some of the amazing heritage to be seen here, and don't miss the Iberian settlement of La Fortalesa, in Arbeca.

This tour starts at the Agrobotiga Oficina de Turisme in Arbeca, where you can sample the olive oil and visit the cooperative's oil mill and the municipal oil mill of Ca l’Argilés to find out about how olive oil is produced. Take advantage your stay to have lunch in one of the many local restaurants.

After lunch you could visit the Vinya els Vilars wine cellar that forms part of the Costers del Segre D.O. You can visit the cellar, taste the wines and take a bottle away with you as a present.

After spending the night in Arbeca, you can visit to the Iberian settlement of Fortalesa, which will surprise you on account of its size, the burial ground that surrounds it, and its location. At 12 noon there is guided tour and the opportunity to ask all the questions you have about the settlement.

Having finished your tour of the settlement you can have lunch in the village and explore this, the cradle of the olive oil to which it lends its name, made from the arbequina olive. You could take a stroll through the old town and visit the castle and its fortified precinct, or visit the church of Sant Jaume el Major.

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