1. Visit the Knights Templar castle
- The castle is thought to date back to the 10th century but it was given to the Knights Templar order in the 12th
- It houses the village school from the end of the 19th century to the mid 1980s
- Several old houses in the village have tunnels that connect to the castle
- It is home to several festivals and musical performances throughout the year
2. Visit the wine cooperative
- The wine cooperative (Cooperativa Agrícola de Barberà) was founded in 1894. It is the oldest cooperative in Catalonia and by a very near margin, the second oldest one in Spain
- It is one of the region’s renowned “wine cathedrals” and was designed by César Martinell, a disciple of Gaudí
- It is still a working cooperative and has an agrobotiga selling local produce
3. Sample some local wines
- At the wine cooperative
- At one of the local wine cellars (visits are normally by arrangement only, but we can help you organise a visit)
- In the summer months, at Carlania Celler, who offer “vins al fresco”
- At El Cafè del Sindicato or La Marinada
4. Go for a cycle
Rent one of our e-mountain bikes and discover the local trails and sites
5. Go on a nature trail
Stroll through the vineyards and olive groves and visit el Pi del Xaconet, a millenial tree that has survived several lightning attacks. The Catalan stretch of El Camino, El Camí de Sant Jaume, passes through Barberà de la Conca. You can see the famous shell on the ground under our porch.
6. Go butterfly hunting
Grab a guide to local butterflies from our library and see what you find!
7. Go flower hunting
Again, grab a guide to local flowers and plants from our library and see how many plants you can identify. To help you, you can download the app Pl@nt Net. Just take a photo of the plant or flower and let the app do the work.
8. Discover the local heritage
Barberà de la Conca has dozens of hidden and not so hidden gems. It actually has 14 listed (protected) cultural assets: 3 of national interest (Bens Culturals d’Interès Nacional) and 11 of local interest (Bens Culturals d’Interès Local). The porch on which Les Voltes sits is one of them. You can find a list of them here.
9. Go bird watching
Go bird watching. We have several books on local birds and binoculars (for adults and kids) for you to take with you. You can also download the app BirdNet, which you can use to identify bird songs.
10. Have some tapas
Both of Barberà de la Conca’s bars, La Marinada and El Cafè del Sindicat serve tapas throughout the day. They have indoor and outdoor seating and great views!