Iberian Citadel

Iberian Citadel

The Iberian Citadel of Calafell, also known as the Iberian settlement of Alorda Park or Les Toixoneres, is an archaeological site of the Iberian Cessetani tribe, which was excavated a little more than 30 years ago. It’s a fortified enclosure facing the sea founded in the 6th century BC which came to an end as a result of the impact of the Second Punic War.

The remarkable thing about this open-air archaeological museum is the fact that it has been the subject of architectural reconstruction in situ, where methodologies used in experimental archaeology have been applied, as well as serving as an excellent example of educational museography, based on projects carried out by the University of Barcelona.

Visitors can visit the houses that have been rebuilt in the Citadel, where replicas of objects from Iberian material culture are displayed. They can also climb the defensive towers using a reproduction of a Roman siege tower, making it easier for them to understand the past by means of museum elements.

Aside from its cultural value as a centre for experimental archaeology and learning resource, the Citadel is also the site of a historical re-enactment. Together with the group Ibercalafell, it holds the Iberian Land festival in July for the purpose of disseminating Iberian culture.

The Citadel is part of the Route of the Iberians, coordinated by the Archaeology Museum of Catalonia (MAC), and the international network EXARC.

Ctra. de Barcelona, km 141, 43820 Calafell