ESSENCE AND IDENTITY
In last centuries, a large part of the domestic economy of the inhabitants of this region was based on the production of manufactured goods. In each town, different crafts that marked the character of people living in the area were developed.
Through its museums and interpretation centres, visitors can feel the essence and identity of the inhabitants of this land.
Museum of La Faixa, Cinctorres
The traditional production of sashes in Cinctorres is a profession documented for at least three centuries, in whose manufacturing and distribution process throughout the Iberian Peninsula the residents have worked.
In the artisan workshops and factories, as well as in houses, women and men manufactured the product, which later delivered to distant sites by the Faixero, with his bike or car.
Due to its paramount importance in the identity of the residents of the village, this museum recalls the traditional manufacturing industry in Cinctorres.
Currently: Visits must be arranged in Tourist Office.
Address: C/ del Hospital.
Schedule: From Tuesday to Friday from 11:00 to 14:00h.
and Saturdays from 11:00h to 14:00h and 17:00h to 19:00h.
Contact: 964181428 (Tourist Office).
Museum of L’Espardenya, Forcall and La Mata
The tradition of espadrilles or espardenyes in Els Ports was developed mainly in towns like Forcall, La Mata, Villores and Todolella, towns close to rivers where hemp was cultivated, needed in order to manufacture the product.
Documented since the Middle Ages, the production of espadrilles was basic in the wealth of these villages, which exported thousands of pairs to all corners of the peninsula.
In the center of Forcall, visitors can learn the tools necessary for their manufacturing, as well as the types of espadrilles and other curiosities that make this craft tradition one of the most rooted and still existing today.
In the town of La Mata, we can find a small space dedicated to the espadrille, housed in la nevera, a very interesting medieval place for storing snow and ice.
Currently: Visits must be arranged in Tourist Office.
Address: C/ Sant Josep.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30h to 14:00h.
Contact: + 34 964171290 · email@example.com.
Currently: For visits, ask at the bar.
Charcoal Interpretation Centre, Vallibona
Over the centuries, the use of natural resources has been essential for the inhabitants of Els Ports. Vallibona, surrounded by vast forests of oaks, has always highlighted because of the production of charcoal, or carbó, products that demanded skilled and hard-working employees.
The production and trade of charcoal in Vallibona has been basic in the economy of the town’s inhabitants, constituting an essential part to the domestic economy.
In the center, located in the old medieval prison, visitors can learn the craft and the different stages and tools for its production, as well as the importance it had in the town until some decades ago.
Currently: Visits must be arranged in Town Hall.
Address: Travesía Horno, nº 1.
Schedule: Arrange at the Town Hall on Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00h to 14:00h.
Contact: +34 964 17 20 20.
Medieval bakehouse and prison, Olocau del Rey
It is one of the three Gothic baking furnaces of the 13th century preserved in the region, recently restored to house the museum of Olocau. This consists of work items used in the furnace, as well as an exhibition of locally produced pottery and ancient documents, among which we can see the lawsuits against the city of Morella in the Middle Ages.
By visiting the furnace, it is also possible to know the old prison and, to complete the tour, visitors are invited to make a pleasant stroll along the path Ruta de l’Aigua, in which various medieval water sources and ancient washing places from the 18th century can be visited.
OLOCAU DEL REY
Currently: Visits must be arrange at the Town Hall.
Address: C/ del Horno
Schedule: Open from Wednesday to Sunday on alternate weekends. 10:00h to 14:00h.
Contact: Phone number of the Town Hall +34 964 17 84 17
La Santantonà Interpretation Centre, Forcall
La Santantonà is one of the most traditional celebrations in Forcall. Recently declared Intangible Asset of Cultural Interest and Autonomic Tourist Interest, it gathers thousands of people every year to enjoy all the events on the weekend closest to the 17th of January. In the interpretation centre, visitors can learn this ancient tradition at any time of the year, feel the emotion it brings, smell the wood, hear the music and understand all the elements that make La Santantonà a unique event in our region.
Currently: Visit must be arranged at the City Hall.
Address: Plaza Mayor, in the Palau de les Escaletes.
Schedule: Wednesday to Sunday from 10:30h to 14:00h.
Contact: + 34 964171290 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medieval Baking Furnace , Forcall
Medieval building which is the oldest wood furnace in still operational in Europe. Its use was granted to the town of Forcall in 1246, shortly after the Christian conquest. Since then, the locals of this town use it every day to bake their bread and delicious typical pastries, amassed on authentic tables from the 14th century.
Currently: Visits must be arranged at the City Hall.
Address: C/ del Horno.
Visits: Open all year during bakery hours. (Currently closed).
Schedule: from 9:00h to 14:00h and from 17:00 to 20:00h.
Contact: Town Hall of Forcall +34 964 17 10 01.