Horta de Sant Joan: Picasso's inspiration
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The trip: Horta de Sant Joan: Picasso's inspiration

Cultural tourism

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Horta de Sant Joan, Terra Alta

Suitable age:

From 3 onwards

By bikeOn foot

About the place:

At the age of 16 years, Pablo Picasso spent eight months at home of his friend Pallarès because the air of Horta de Sant Joan helped to cure the scarlet fever. Later he returned to the village, because as he said in Horta he learned all he knew.  

We invite you to walk around the streets with a clear legacy of the renaissance, enjoy of  the panoramic views and the color of the landscape which inspired Picasso.

Would you like to discover which was the table where the artist play the domino for hours in a bar or how the masks look like that he created fort he local celebration? In less than three quarters visiting the Centre Picasso the children will get an idea of how the artist changed his realistic painting style into works based on geometric forms.

And if you want to walk a while and enjoy of nature, you can go and search for  the cave where Picasso passed a full month when he was young. And before leaving the village, do not forget to pay a small visit to Lo Parot, a monumental olive tree of the period of the Iberians and Romans that stills gives fruits nowadays.  

An excursion to enjoy the art and the nature with your family.

Direction tips:

Lo Perot is placed at 500 m of Horta heading to Bot. You have to take the path you will find at your right side at the T334 at km 3. After 50 meters you will arrive to a building where you have to leave the car. From here you will take a small track. The tree is located on the right side of the field. You just have to follow the track.

To arrive at the beginning of the route of the Cave of Picasso, you have to leave Horta de Sant Joan in direction to Arnes by the T330, you must follow the sign to "Els Ports". Then you must take the paved trail that leads to the recreation area "The Franqueta”. It are 12.7 km. Park the car at the picnic area. The itinerary starts here. Click here to access the description of the route. 

The best season:

winter, autumn, summer, spring

Lunch tips:

After visiting the village, you can relax at the Franqueta picnic area at 14 km from Horta and in the middle of Els Ports. You will find an area with playground equipment, barbecues, tables and services. But if you prefer somebody cooks for you, we recommend the restaurant and rural hotel Mas del Cigarrer, about 15 km from Horta de Sant Joan to Bot.

More info:

CENTER PICASSO OF ORTA
Antique Hospital, Horta de Sant Joan
Tel +34-977 43 53 30
Timetable: from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 13:30; Saturday also from 17:00 to 20:00. In the summer (July and August) open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00. Entrance: 2,5€.

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