His father was the farmer at Mas dels Arcs farm. When he asked him for permission to plant vines in that place in front of the farmhouse, the answer was a categorical “no”, unexpectedly serious and not usual at all. After a few days he got to the bottom of it. The farm had been a field hospital during the Peninsular War and, under the ground in that spot, the bodies of hundreds of French soldiers were buried; soldiers of the great Bonaparte, the same ones that had plunged the city into blood and fire. Too much pain to make wine there.
Years later, the brothers Puig i Valls placed a cross there and planted cypress trees. These outstanding men were great tree lovers, strong defenders of the civilising and therapeutic effects of the forests. Today we can still see the cross and the ruins inside the Pont del Diable park, just a few metres away from the Ferreres Roman aqueduct.
Tarragona has a very extensive municipal district with a large number of natural areas, three of which are protected by the Areas of Natural Interest Plan (Pla d'Espais d'Interès Natural PEIN):