Calaceite is considered to be the cultural capital of the county of Matarraña. Here a significant number of painters, sculptors and writers have decided to set up their home.
Calaceite is one of the best kept villages in the county. It has numerous gentry houses, chapels, portico arches and hermitages. Its old village centre has been declared as buildings of Historical, Artistic and Cultural Heritage and Interest (BIC). In order to see the village in its full charm, it is vital to visit:
- The main street (calle Mayor), calle Maella and plaza de España, where the village hall dating back to the year 1610 stands
- The parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción (Our lady of the Ascension). It was built at the end of the seventeenth century and has a beautiful baroque façade and fligree nails on its doors
- The chapel portals of Pilar and San Antonio which lead into the old walled part of the village of Calaceite
- The settlements from the time of the Iberians, Tossal Redó and San Antonio
- The hermitage of Santa Ana (Sentana) and of San Cristóbal (Cristóbol). The last one is high up on a hill from where there is a great view over the landscape
- The Museum Juan Cabré, which is dedicated to this great archeologist from Calaceite
- Arts & Mes, exhibitions, books and wines. Open in summer season from June to September
The main economy of Calaceite is dependent on agriculture. Its main income is generated by the production of excellent olive oil.
It is worth highlighting the gastronomy of the village, and in particular the village’s recipes which include great dishes of vegetables, greens, game, pork and lamb, artisan stuffed meat, and we must not forget the homemade desserts inherited from the Arab past. The Fonda Alcalá (Alcalá inn, 1922), reformed recently, cooks up in its ovens the cuisine secrets and family heritage recipes of the area, conserving all the traditional flavours.
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