Horta de Sant Joan is undoubtedly the cultural and tourist capital of Terra Alta. It is a medieval town situated on a hill 543 m high, which triples its population during the high season. Its district covers an area of 11,900 ha, of which about 6000 are within the natural park of the Ports of Beceite.
The Village limits north with the district of Caseres and Arenys de Lledó (Teruel) and south with Pauls and Carles Alfara and west with Arnés and Lledó. The village has a Interior Mediterranean climate inland with very cold winters and hot summers with snow in the winter when the weather is extreme as in this district the mountains reach 1200 m above sea level.
The main economic activities of the people are mainly dry agriculture, construction companies, manufacturing, services and tourism. The main crops that are grown in the area are vineyards, almond trees, olive trees, cereals, peaches and cherries.
Horta de Sant Joan is a town declared a National Cultural Interest by the Generalitat de Catalunya, which retains the medieval charm with a square with porches, a Renaissance town hall and a Romanesque Gothic church of the twelfth century all in the heart of narrow steep streets, which form a truly wonderful historical art. We strongly recommend that you visit, along with the Picasso Museum, the Ports Ecomuseum, The Old Prison of Horta, the mountains of Santa Barbara with the convent of San Salvador de Horta on the slope and the natural park of the ports of Beceite the second largest in Catalonia.
A phrase that can be defined when visiting Horta de Sant Joan would be to:"A place to see, admire and if you choose to paint like the same painting that inspired Picasso."The old centre of the village retains the charm of medieval monumental ruins of a sober Gothic giving a relaxing regal air, no doubt by the fact that the result of a non-technical village art and regulations the pure art of the town and its inhabitants, intensified by the steep profile of the streets. Comments are well deserves its square and porches along the streets surrounding it.
The Square is a strong medieval style of the most interesting in Catalonia with its round arches form the Renaissance town hall and the Gothic church of the twelfth century historical artistic set really worth a visit. Very interesting and also within the village is the house of the commander Delme where he lived, is a palace of Lleida style with a gallery in the attic and a guardhouse.
When visitors wander through the small streets of Horta de Sant Joan, they can look in any direction, feels the atmosphere of the impressive massif of the Ports de Beceite Canaletes the river at his feet, the Rocas de Benet, Estrets river and the border with Aragon, with Calaceite in the background, beyond the Collada del Moro, Ports of Horta and further afar the Bot needles and the impressive silhouette of the mountains of Santa Barbara, a real quirk of nature. Between the village and the ports at the back., Monsagre is to be seen proud and defiant. Horta de Sant Joan is a village where you can lose yourself in its streets to discover its corners and presented to our view as a historical composition by an artist who wants to impress us with his work, but this appears before our eyes real and touchable as if someone had enjoyed building a theme park of medievalism.
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