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The village and the county
The village from the viewpoint
L'Argentera
El Castell d'Escornalbou
La font vella
L'Argentera
El Castell d'Escornalbou
El Castell d'Escornalbou
The kitchen
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
The municipality of Argentera
L'Argentera
L'Argentera
Argentera's pool

L’Argentera is at the eastern end of the homonymous mountain range which, at western extreme, marks the frontier of the geographical zone known as ‘Camp de Tarragona’ (Tarragona country). Due to its altitude of 344 metres, the village is a magnificent viewing point of the whole of the region (especially from the castle of St. Miquel d’Escornalbou). It is a mountainous locality, and therefore greatly appreciated by summer residents, Nature –lovers, and also by cyclists. This latter group is very visible at the weekend on local roads.

The village takes its name from the mines of lead ore (‘galena argentifera’ in Latin) which were exploited from very early times (possibly during the Roman period) until the 1960s. The village is also popular because of a spring of ferrous water, apparently with beneficial properties, which is the leaving point when one walks to the castle. The village, along with the castle and the spring, forms part of the Baronetcy of Escornalbou, along with 6 other villages.

In the village centre we find the church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew, with its simple façade and Baroque altarpiece. The first stone of the church was laid in 1751, and the church was inaugurated in 1753. In the village we also find many examples of popular architecture, such as squire’s houses with magnificent stone archways. The whole of the centre conserves a red stone paving which gives a very special character to the village.

The principal crop is the hazelnut, followed by fruit trees, vines and olive trees. The village forms part of the production zone of three products of great quality: TheHazelnut of Reus, Wine of Tarragona, and theOlive Oil of Siurana. These  three products have the certification of D.O.(Protected Designation of Origin).