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Route of the Knights Templar




  • Monzón Castle

Until the ecclesiastical authorities dissolved it, the Order of the Knights Templar held extensive properties in Aragon, Catalonia and Valencia for nearly two centuries. This route, taking in a set of castles prepared as visitor centres, will help you understand who these soldier-monks were.


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Route of the Knights Templar


Itinerary

  • Monzón: its splendid castle, of Arab origin and rebuilt by the Order of the Knights Templar, was where King Jaime I of Aragon lived as a child.
  • Lleida: a 51 kilometre journey. Along the way, you will be surrounded by fields of cereals, vineyards and, above all, fruit trees. The monumental site of Gardeny, formed by the castle, part of the walls, the convent church of Santa María and a large two-story tower-room, is worth visiting. Other things to see are its two cathedrals, Seu Vella (Old Cathedral) and Seu Nova (New Cathedral) and the remnants of La Suda Castle.
  • Miravet: an 84 kilometre journey. The Knights Templar owned the castle in this town, located on the course of the Ebro River. It comprises a double walled enclosure, a bailey, several rooms, a hall and Sant Martí Church.
  • Tortosa: a 36 kilometre journey. The old town has the remains of a medieval Knights Templar castle, called La Suda, and part of the old town walls. We recommend you to visit Tortosa during its Renaissance Festival, when buildings are decorated and inhabitants dressed in period style. Nearby the city, you will find the Ebro Delta Nature Reserve.
  • Peñíscola: a 67 kilometre journey, alongside Mediterranean beaches. Its Knights Templar Castle was where the Antipope Benedict XIII, known as Papa Luna in Spanish, lived. Did you know that Peníscola was also used as a film set? Several scenes from the film "El Cid", starring Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren and telling the story of the medieval knight El Cid Campeador, were filmed here.

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Route of the Knights Templar


Practical information

Total distance:
We recommend a private vehicle as the route is about 250 kilometres in all.

How to complete the route:
By car

Approximate time:
At least two or three days.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
Any time of year is good, but if you visit in May you can enjoy the popular food festival held in La Suda Castle (Lleida) and known as L'Aplec del Caragol, with a range of snail recipes.