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Horta de Sant Joan is one of the most picturesque villages in the Terra Alta region. The surrounding mountains and mediaeval alleyways in the old quarter give it an almost magical feel. The route through the village starts in the porticoed church square, which has some architecturally spectacular buildings. The Town hall for example, is a Renaissance building adorned with cornices and large windows. On the ground floor you can visit the old prison, where there is a permanent exhibition on the local architecture. Next to it, stands the late Gothic church of Sant Joan Baptista, with a groined vault and polygonal apse. Close to Church square, in Picasso street, you will find the Ecomuseum, which is the main information office in the region.

A walk along the winding streets of the old quarter lead to very fine buildings, like the House of Manel de Joaquim, Pessetes House, El Pa Hotel, several covered buildings and the House of la Comanda, a palace with a unique tower. You should also visit the mediaeval building of the old Hospital, which today is the Picasso Museum, and houses reproductions of several pictures the artist painted in his two stays in Horta de Sant Joan. The houses and the local natural environment inspired works like “The mountain of Santa Barbara”, “The Horta Reservoir” and “The factory”. In fact, from the village itself, you can see some beautiful scenery, like Benet Rocks – impressive limestone rocks – and the Santa Barbara Mountain with La Mare de Déu dels Àngels Convent, which is better known as Sant Salvador Convent, as this Saint lived here for twelve years. It is a great place to end your visit to the village.

More information:

Horta de Sant Joan Tourism Office
http://www.loportalet.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horta_de_Sant_Joan
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_Alta

Other videos:

Tranquility means Horta
Pictures of Horta de Sant Joan
A family escapade to Horta de Sant Joan -in Catalan
Bicycling in La Terra Alta
Canyoning in Horta de Sant Joan

Video: © Nemo Profe
Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBbWO-NAYLs


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