La Fatarella is a village of around 1000 people in the inland county of Terra Alta, within the region of Ribera d'Ebre, in the province of Terragona, about 2 hours southwest of Barcelona.
In 1228, the Arabic inhabitants of La Fatarella began to build their village, naming it after the Arabic word for tower, 'fatorella'. The villagers were vanquished in battle by the Knights Templar as the city was an important foothold in the area. In the Middle Ages, very thick protective walls were built around the city, but by the 16th century, the population had increased so much the city expanded beyond the walls. The streets of this lovely, little village are narrow, irregular and winding, and many buildings are connected by stone arches. At the end of Avinguda Misericòrdia, at the highest point in the village, stands the chapel of Mare de Déu of the Misericòrdia.
La Fatarella, which is part of the neighboring Serra de la Fatarella mountain range, was one of the main locations of the Battle of the Ebro in the Spanish Civil War. The Serra de la Fatarella is one of the isolated mountain ranges of the Catalan Central Depression located off the southern end of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range between La Fatarella and Ascó in Spain. This smooth range runs in a N - S direction, with the ridge's highest point at 563.5 m.
There are six festivals celebrated in La Fatarella over the year. Early in February is the Winter Festival, in honor of Sant Blai, celebrated over three days. The Saturday after Easter is the festival of San Francesco that includes a 12K walk to the nearby hermitage of San Francesco and dancing into the night. The Our Lady of Honor festivities happen over 5 days, the first weekend in August. The Friday to Wednesday event that celebrates every member of society from the children to the elderly. In September, is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy which includes singing and dancing.The first weekend of December is the Festival of Oil with all kinds of gastronomic delights.