Visiting the Priorat with young children
The Priorat County or “comarca” offers a great variety of tours and activities for spending time with the family at any time of year.
Without a doubt, one of the most popular ones for little ones is a tour of the Bellmunt del Priorat Lead Mining Museum and Mines, a few kilometres from the capital of the county, Falset.
This mineral and metallurgical complex was once the most important in Catalonia in terms of lead ore extraction.
Visitors can explore the first underground gallery which was excavated in the 19th century. Accompanied by a guide, we can see replicas of miners working as well as visiting a modern exhibition area above ground, located in the old workshops where the mineral was processed.
For further information, please visit: http://www.turismepriorat.org/ca/que-fer/punts-interes/Museu-de-les-mines-de-Bellmunt-del-Priorat
Not far away, in the village of Marçà you will come across some small animals, known as Hermann’s Tortoises. This interpretation centre for tortoises offers visitors an opportunity to learn about this endangered species and enjoy some lovely views over the nearby village of Marçà, the Llaberia mountain range and the southern area of the region. This centre is located near the peak of the Miloquera hill.
If we stay in the southern part of the region, a few kilometres from Marçà, between Capçanes and Els Guiamets, we will be able to go kayaking or ride in a pedalo on the tranquil waters of the Guiamets reservoir. This artificial lake is located in a beautiful corner where the train line runs nearby and where the local company, Servikayak offers boat, pedalo and kayak hire.
Further information at: http://www.turismepriorat.org/ca/organitzat/empreses-activitats/servikayak
From Els Guiamets we continue to El Masroig where, after a five minutes drive from the village, we come to the hermitage of Les Pinyeres and the Siurana River. Here, hidden in woodland is Puig Roig del Roget, a prehistoric settlement. This settlement was inhabited almost three thousand years ago. You will be able to learn how it inhabitants lived by reading the information boards which are located on the site.
For further information please visit: http://www.turismepriorat.org/ca/que-fer/punts-interes/poblat-prehistoric-del-puig-roig-del-roget
In Porrera, adventurous visitors can swing from ropes and do balancing acts on walkways suspended from trees in the entertaining Parc Vies Altes. Zip wires and Burma bridges will put you to the test in a wild setting.
Further information at: http://www.turismepriorat.org/ca/organitzat/empreses-activitats/parc-vies-altes.
In the northern part of the county, in Cornudella there is another reservoir which offers visitors the chance to row on Siurana lake. Canoa Kayak offers canoes and kayaks for hire for trips on the water. For further information see: http://www.turismepriorat.org/ca/organitzat/empreses-activitats/canoakayak
The Priorat region offers visitors an extensive network of hiking trails which allow visitors to discover exceptional countryside views. Some routes are suitable for families with children as they are shorter or not as steep. Here is a selection of a few of these routes:
The Soul of Montsant in Ulldemolins
The Cliffs which block the Mestral winds in Pradell de la Teixeta
Vines from a Birdseye View in El Lloar
Route around the Charterhouse of Scala Dei
Shelters on the “Camí Ral” or ancient bridleway from El Masroig to Falset
The Montsant Mountain Range Natural Park or Nature Reserve edits an annual calendar of trips and activities. Some of these activities are aimed at families and are often based on discovering the flora and fauna of the park.
You can consult the calendar here.: http://agendapriorat.cat/users/parc-natural-de-la-serra-de-montsant