Saturday, April 30, 2011
Montblanc - city of kings and legends in wine country
Founded in 1163 by King Alfons I, Montblanc is a town where history and legends meet. Surrounded by a 14th century wall, it is where, according to tradition, Saint George fought the dragon (you can even enter into the city from the gate where the fight took place). The collection of medieval churches and other buildings make the whole town a historical monument. The buildings were constructed during the time when the city was one of the major administration centers of the Catalan empire, and the walls (which run almost a mile in circumference around the city) are a testament to its past glories. As if all of this were not enough, Montblanc is also located in the heart of the Conca de Barbera wine region, and is a short drive from the Priorat, Montsat and Penedes regions as well.