Vandellòs i l'Hospitalet de l'Infant
Shire: Baix Camp
Altitude: 281 m
Sea or mountain? L'Hospitalet del Infant and Vall de Llors no one should be forced to choose between one option and another, because it merges both elements. Natural and calm beaches next to the Mediterranean mountain. This is one of the great attractions of this territory.
The municipality has an area of 102 km 2, divided between the coastal plain and the pre-coastal sierra, one has the feeling of having everything within reach and not having to give up anything.
This integral experience can be lived thanks to the five population centers that make up the municipality: the three inland (Vandellòs, Masboquera and Masriudoms) and the two on the coast (Hospitalet del Infant and Almadrava).
Four is the number of beaches that L'Hospitalet del Infant and La Vall de Llors have: the Arenal beach, the Punta del Riu beach, the Torn beach, the internationally renowned naturist beach, and the Almadrava beach. All are long beaches, with fine sand and transparent waters.
In L'Hospitalet del Infant and the Vall de Llors, the remains of the uninhabited areas and the farmhouses, which were abandoned in the middle of the 20th century, bear witness to a rural life, consecrated in the countryside, where trades existed today. disappeared or in danger of extinction.
This is the case of Castelló, located under the ridge of the Dedalts, which revives with the representation of the Crib of the Stars to Christmas and the celebration of the Rustic Festa in August.
Imagine a municipality where in the morning you can go hiking, crossing the mountain; and in the afternoon, go to a beach surrounded by a natural environment and almost virgin to take a comforting bath? And if at night you still want to stretch your legs, you can take the bike and ride along the promenade to make the most of the day.
In L'Hospitalet del Infant and Vall de Llors, the type of cuisine that is most abundant is the Mediterranean, tasty, colorful and healthy, which has as main ingredients olive oil, fish and seafood, vegetables, fruits, meats, flour and spices and condiments.
The most interesting places of interest are:
- The Vandellòs Oil Museum Interpretation Center: It is an authentic building, rehabilitated, restored and converted into a center of oil interpretation with a modern museography where you can enter the world of olive oil and discover the entire manufacturing process of this precious liquid.
- Visitors center of the Coll de Balaguer Hospital: It is the most emblematic monumental complex of the Hospitalet del Infant, dating from 1344. Its function was to welcome pilgrims and pedestrians passing through Coll de Balaguer. Hence the name of the town, which reflects the main characteristic of its inhabitants: "hospitality".
- Ca la Torre: It is the most significant main house of Vandellòs, this type of towers were built as a place of observation and protection against the attacks of pirates that threatened our coasts. It currently houses the historical archive, with space for entities, and an area for exhibition and interpretation of the history and heritage of the people.
The most remarkable route that passes through the municipality is the one that goes through the coastal path of Jonquet, a path of low difficulty that joins the beaches of Arenal and Torn. It runs parallel to the coast and more than half of the route crosses the Area of Natural Interest (PEIN) of the Rojala-Platja del Torn, where is the spectacular islet of Torn, an islet of rock attached to the beach.