The Priorat county or region is to be found to the south of Catalonia in the Tarragona province.

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Vines of the Holy Virgins

  • Distance: 7 km
  • Level: 150 m
  • Difficulty: Low
  • Duration: 2 h 30 m


This route is sponsored by the winery Buil&Giné in Gratallops. Tours: Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm and Sunday and public holidays 11am to 3pm, no advance booking required


From La Vilella Alta to Consolació Hermitage


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This is a charming route, suitable for children and all walkers. It offers sweeping views over the nearby countryside and an intense feeling of peace and well-being. 

Buil & Giné winery is really worth a visit, as it is very close to the hermitage. Take the farm track down to the main road and turn right. Follow the road for about 200 metres. To return, re-trace your steps back along the road and track until you reach the hermitage, where you will find the path to Coll de la Creu

Priorat holy virgins or Mothers of God as they are known here, must surely be great connoisseurs of wine. They also appreciate the surrounding countryside, its silence, the land.... Legend says that the Virgin of Our Lady of Consolation was found by a shepherd in a little cave. The hermitage dedicated to the virgin was to be built on the very same spot but, surprisingly unlike other virgins, Our lady of Consolation ran off up the mountainside. She wanted her hermitage to be built at the top of the mountain to be able to observe the bell-tower-like hills which rise up out of the “llicorella” (local name for slate in Priorat). This is Historic Priorat's most famous hermitage, cherished by the people of El Lloar, La Vilella Alta and La Vilella Baixa, Torroja and Gratallops alike. Yet, it was far from easy deciding in which direction (of all the villages) the statue of the virgin had to face. 

The route starts at the top of Carrer Nou (Nou Street) where the fountain is to be found and further on there is a little car-parking area (1). There are two paths here. The one on the left climbs upwards to the Coll de la Creu. We take the right-hand path (2) which carries straight on and is indicated with yellow painted trail markers. We reach a fork (3) where the left-hand path would take us up to Coll de la Creu (which will be our return route). We turn right and pass through a little wood of holm oaks. Further on, we come to a wide mountain pass, just below the Punta dels Vinyets (4). There used to be an olive tree at this point, known as L'Olivera de la Salve. The monks of Escaladei used to walk as far as here where they would recite a Salve Regina prayer before returning to the monastery. 

Keep straight on. After a short while, we pass by a small, yet charming farmhouse built halfway up the mountainside (5). Further on, we come to a fork and we turn right and head downhill. We reach a small mountain pass and keep straight on (6). The path continues below another small farmhouse and climbs upwards through an olive grove to disappear through a small gap in the hills, where it joins the old pack-horse trail. This pleasant ridge way path continues, between low dry stone walls and old farming terraces which have been reclaimed by the woods, until it reaches the foot of the hermitage (7). 

It is worth walking all the way around the hermitage to your right first and then climbing straight up towards the entrance (8). A hermit who loves her solitude lives here. There is a sign which says: “...place of peace, prayer and serenity. Please respect the peace and silence. Thank you”. We re-trace our footsteps until we reach the path which leads up to the Coll de la Creu (3). We turn right, climbing slightly until we reach the peak (9) where we join the GR 174 (European Hiking Network Long Trail). The path continues straight downwards until it reaches the first few houses of the village. 

 

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2 comments

1 | Egger | Vuisternens-en-Ogoz/Suisa | 07-08-2012 00:11
Un pèlerinage fantastique au milieu des fameux vignobles. Des villages charmants avec des habitants fort sympathiques. Une religieuse admirable au Monastère. Bref un grand moment de bonheur en famille avec notre fils de 6 ans. Attention à prévoir assez d'eau...!
2 | Miquel Peirats | Reus | 01-09-2014 12:06
Bon dia per a tots, em dic Miquel, i he recorregut el Priorat durant el mes de Maig en quatre etapes de 20 Km. cadascuna, i us asseguro que no hi ha paraules per descriure aquesta terra. Estic esperant la tardor per tornar a fer els mateixos itineraris. Salut.

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  • Gratallops | Gratallops is to be found in the central area of the Priorat county on a hill above the Siurana river.
  • La Vilella Alta | Situat al nord est de la comarca, aquest municipi es troba dalt d’un turó i envoltat pel Montsant, per les serres de La Figuera i pel coll de la Consolació. Ubicat a la zona meridional del Montsant, el poble és drenat pel riu d’Scala Dei, que travessa la localitat abans d’afluir al riu Montsant, a l’alçada de La Vilella Baixa.

    Per carretera s’hi accedeix des de Falset per la T-710 (per Gratallops i La Vilella Baixa) i per la T-702 (a la Vilella Alta). Des de Cornudella per la C-242 (per La Venta d’en Pubill) i la T-702 (per Poboleda, Scala Dei fins La Vilella Alta); des de Margalef per la T-714 (per La Bisbal de Falset) i la T-702 (per Cabacés, La Vilella Baixa fins La Vilella Alta); des de Margalef per la T-714 (per La Bisbal de Falset) i la T-702 (per Cabacés, La Vilella Baixa fins La Vilella Alta).

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