La Ciutadella Ibérica de Calafell (ES)

Member of EXARC
Member of ICOM
Member of EXARC since

The Iberian Citadel of Calafell is a centre of experimental archaeology, an archaeological open-air museum where visitors can see what life was like in the Iron Age 2,500 years ago. It is the first archaeological site in the Iberian Peninsula to have been reconstructed by using experimental archaeological techniques.

Open from

1983, excavations started at Iberian Citadel of Calafell, an Iron Age / Roman Era site at Calafell (Taragona, Catalonia) under the direction of the doctors Joan Sanmartí and Joan Santacana. In 1992 the decision was taken to reconstruct the archaeological remains. The site is in a heavily tourist area on the coast. It opened in 1994 and has only been closed for renovation since, in 2006-2007. The periods depicted are the antique, middle and final Iberian period, exactly until the beginning of the Romanization. The site is middle large, with many houses, densely packed, like in the past. The amount of visitors is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

The Fundació Castell de Calafell is a local organisation that is subordinated to the town council of Calafell and takes care of the local cultural heritage. The Universitat de Barcelona is in charge of the research in agreement with the local government. The tasks that are currently carried on the site include archaeological excavation and experimental research, but we also aim at comprehensible presentation and interpretation of the scientific results.

The recent success were the so called "Iberian Nights", events carried out during the tourist months July and August. The Iberian Citadel of Calafell is managed by the Fundació Castell de Calafell and Universitat de Barcelona.

Annual Number of Visitors

41.19051, 1.58099