In Mequinenza everything is linked to the waters by the confluence of the Ebro, Cinca and Segre rivers. A place of reference for fishing, water sports and sports activities. Discover the history of “Lo poble vell” of Mequinenza and all the events that have made it a tourist interest.
Declared World Heritage
In the same town of Mequinenza, paintings and engravings of rock art from the Mediterranean arc of the Iberian Peninsula have been found, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998.
A unique location
Located at the confluence of the Ebro, Cinca and Segre rivers, which is called “Aiguabarreig”, you can see the different colors of the flow of each river.
It is a paradise for fishermen and lovers of water sports.
Every year the International Cinca Descent is celebrated, a sporting event recognized worldwide.
“Lo Poble Vell” and the new Mequinenza
In the 50s, the old Mequinenza was demolished for the construction of what is known as the Mar de Aragón. From there the new Mequinenza, more modern and touristic, was reborn, with the efforts of the inhabitants themselves.
The Mine Museum, the Museum of the History of Mequinenza and the Museum of the Prehistoric Past show all the events that happened in ancient Mequinenza and bring you closer to the ancient cultures that have passed through this place so special.
The Castillo de Mequinenza, in the Gothic style, was an Arab fortress, built by the Berber tribe of the Miknasa, a name that the current Mequinenza would bear until the 12th century.
El Camino de Sirga
Jesús Moncada, a native of Mequinensa, is one of the most renowned Catalan authors of his time and the most translated.
One of the best known works is ‘El Camino de Sirga’ which talks about the disappearance of the ancient Mequinensa. Translated into 13 languages.
Festivities of San Blas and Santa Águeda
A handmade tradition
For more than 300 years, the festivals of San Blas and Santa Águeda have been celebrated every second half of February.
A celebration organized by the women of Mequinenza and in which the participation of the population is very active.
It includes acts such as handing over the baton and making “coca” and “pa beneït”. But, without a doubt, the most showy and colorful event is the costume contest. The groups parade through the streets with handmade costumes of historical, imaginary or fictional characters to the rhythm of music.
They are considered the winter festivals of the town and have been recognized as Fiestas of Tourist Interest in Aragon.
A festival that brings together an entire town and national and international visitors.