Conca de Barbera holiday homes are a short way from the Mediterranean coast, in a mountainous landscape that features an abundance of history. Close to Conca de Barbera apartments are Cistercian Abbeys, walled medieval towns and cities packed with Roman heritage. And if you're here with kids, then there's no shortage of fun close by, with theme parks and the golden sandy beaches of the Costa Dorada to enjoy. In keeping with the historic setting, holiday homes in Conca de Barbera are charming stone buildings often set in large grounds. Apartments meanwhile tend to be in historic districts, with classic rural amenities like bakers and butchers almost on your doorstep.
-Montblanc. This is a fascinating town, still entirely enclosed by its medieval walls. On certain days you can even walk along the ramparts to enjoy impressive views of the main church and the mountains to the west. On the narrow streets within the walls you'll encounter medieval hospitals, palaces and charming little squares surrounded by old stone buildings.
-Local history. Cutting through Conca de Barbera is the Cistercian Route, a heritage trail connecting Catalonia's remarkable 12th Century abbeys. Closest is Poblet, a UNESCO site, containing the tombs of a number of kings and queens of Aragon, and designed in a beautiful Catalan gothic design. Close-by is Santes Creus, which also contains royal tombs, as well as an exquisite Gothic cloister, with English and Spanish-style tracery.
-Tarragona. For a slice of Spain's Roman history, Tarragona is essential. Well-preserved Roman monuments here include an aqueduct, theatre, defensive ramparts and forum. This ensemble of ancient heritage has earned the city World Heritage status. The National Archaeological Museum here is the place to go to put it all into context, boasting statues, mosaics and other artefacts.
-Family attractions. Two high-profile attractions are easily reached from the Conca de Barbera area. East is Aqualeon, which combines a large safari park with the kind of slides, pools and amusements you'd expect at a top water park. Meanwhile to the south is Portaventura, arguably Spain's top theme park, full of state-of-the-art rides and expertly choreographed shows.
-Activities. Montblanc is set in a landscape of tall wooded hills, olive groves and vineyards - the scenery is well suited to mountain bikers and walkers, with detailed information about routes available from the tourism office. A delightful short walk will carry you up to the 16th Century Hermitage of Sant Joan, which sits high above Montblanc and offers exceptional views of the countryside.
Holiday apartments in Conca de Barbera are located in a Mediterranean climate zone. Summers are long, clear and hot, with daily highs rising above 30 degrees in July and August. The summer season lasts for around five months, and doesn't taper off until October, when things tend to get a little wetter. Winter conditions are fresher, but still mild compared to places in northern Europe. On a normal day in January temperatures will climb to the mid-teens by day and stay well clear of freezing at night.
The airport for Conca de Barbera holiday rentals is Reus (REU), which lies about 30 kilometres south of this area. It's an airport that receives many charter and low-cost flights from the UK in the summer, with few routes available in winter. Conca de Barbera is a simple drive north on the C-14 from Reus - use of a car is recommended in this rural area. The region's other airport is Barcelona El Prat (BCN), just over an hour away from Montblanc on the C-32 and AP-2.