- The Priorat
- Hiking and wine tourism
- Interesting points
Why not take a peek at a little land whose people can be traced back to ancient times? From its hideaway far from the ever-changing bustle of the outside world, this land has watched history unfold. It is a land of steep vineyards, harsh cliffs and imposing rock-faces, hidden valleys and cool ravines. It is a place of flatlands and mountains, crystal-clear streams, sunny and ordered cultivated areas. It is a world of small but resilient villages which have survived plagues, severe frosts, conquests and floods.
This land has been inhabited since men lived in caves; since they started to work the land and build dry-stone walls to support the slopes. They cleared the forests and planted their crops; they constructed bridges, hermitages and castles. Come and meet the men and women of the Priorat region who have cultivated their love of this land and its countryside. Newcomers are captivated by the magic of this place, where angels climb ladders and wine runs through people’s veins.
Historical ways, traditional paths, ways of memory, wine ways, olive oil ways, Montsant and Llaberia ways....
Exists lots of wineries that open its doors to visitors that wish to taste their wine and visit the viyards.
CARTHUSIAN MONASTERY OF ESCALADEI: This was the first charterhouse, or Carthusian monastery, in the Iberian peninsula. It was founded in 1194 with a donation of lands by the king Alfons el Cast. Throughout its history it underwent a series of refurbishments and rebuilding, which went on until the 18th century, when it had 3 cloisters with a total of 30 cells.
BELLMUNT DEL PRIORAT LEAD MINE AND MUSEUM: A visit to the Eugènia mine at Bellmunt will take you down to the heart of the Earth, whilst explaining the day to day life of the miners of the town. Life in this little village was very different from the usual activity of the other villages of the Priorat.
EL MONTSANT: It is not one of the highest mountains, neither is it the one that stretches the furthest, and yet, the strength of its geography is unquestionable. This mountain range is compact, encircled in a great part by sheer cliffs and rocky areas formed during the Oligocene epoch.
SIURANA: Is a small fairytale village that has a deep-rooted memory of endless sieges and improbable conquests.
SERRA DE LLAVERIA AND LA MOLA DE COLLDEJOU: More than mere mountains, the Llaberia and Colldejou mountain ranges are fortresses; castles constricted by their steep cliffs, walls of limestone rock which the evening light paints the colour of honey. They spread out beyond the Priorat boundaries into the Baix Camp and Ribera d’Ebre regions.