Under the shadow of the cliffs, with nature at your doorstep

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The orographical area of El Montsant, a massif that was declared a Natural Park in April, 2002, is composed of a large mass of conglomerates that alternate clayey and sandy soils with spectacular geo-morphological formations that stand out for their geological and landscape properties, with cliffs, canyons and ravines that add the widest possible variety to the overall relief.

The name of the massif comes from the important hermitic tradition of the Middle Ages. The number of hermits occupying the numerous caves was so large that they ended up sanctifying the name of the massif. Some of the hermit sites have been preserved, and you can still visit them on your itinerary. You begin your journey by entering the Priorat from Falset. Here you take the T-710 road that leads to Gratallops, a little town that you leave behind you, until you come to La Vilella Baixa.

LA VILELLA BAIXA, a very picturesque little town with difficult, narrow streets to climb and such unexpected corners as ¿No Passa¿ street, a clear testimony to Mediaeval times. Also worth admiring are the bridge over the River Montsant and the unbelievable height of the houses standing above the river. From La Vilella Baixa you can make numerous
excursions by following the signposted paths that take you to El Peu de la Roca, Els Montalts, El Pla del Xorrac, Els Planets or La Figuera. You also gain access into the Montsant via El Grau dels Bous or El Cargol, or El Grau del Coll Empedrat. It is very interesting to follow the track that goes from La Villella Baixa to Cabacés, with its stone-paved stretches, which passes over the ancient Roman bridge of Cavaloca.

Once you are in CABACÉS, and after you have visited the parish church, which has a Gothic altarpiece, as well as the Miquel Montagud Museum in Cabacés, you can go as far as the Sant Roc hermitage, a church characteristically built into a cave that acts as a roof and which you come to amid the intimate atmosphere of the woods. If you go further on, you come to La Foia hermitage, right under the Montsant range in a leafy spot streaming with water. From here you can go on as far as the Montsant by crossing El Portell de La Boca de l'Infern, or else reach El Racó de l'Estrem. In the direction of La Vilella Baixa you can also visit the interesting Mas Roger (Mas de Dalt), which you come to after passing the pass of Cantacorbs and El Racó de les Pedregoses. After leaving Cabacés in the direction of La Bisbal de Falset you come to a well-preserved Mediaeval bridge. A visit to Sant Joan hermitage is also recommended.
 
In LA BISBAL DE FALSET you must not forget to visit the Cave-Hermitage of Santa Llucia, where a trickle of water rises that people make use of in order to bathe their eyes and cure themselves of problems with their sight. The Cave housed a military hospital during the Battle of the Ebro. You can go on excursions to La Cova Emboixa or La Cova Foradada and go and see the remains of the Lliura mills (pound-weight mills) standing beside the River Montsant, just before you enter the town.
 
In MARGALEF DE MONTSANT you must not forget to visit the Sant Salvador hermitage, from which you have access to the Montsant if you climb as far as La Cogolla, near which you find La Cova del Teix, El Clot del Cirer and El Piló dels Senyalets. Equally interesting is a visit to La Cova de la Taverna. From Margalef you can reach Ulldemolins by road, or else by walking through the gorge of Fragerau. Margalef also issues you with the challenge of
climbing in its mountains.

When you reach ULLDEMOLINS you should visit its 16th century Renaissance church and La Mare de Déu de Loreto hermitage. You can get to the hermitages of Sant Antoni and Santa Magdalena by car or on foot, but you can only go on foot to a wonderful spot for contemplation afforded by the gorge of Fraguerau, in the Serra de Montsant Natural Park, where you find the Sant Bartomeu Romanesque hermitage. You also find multiple access routes into the Montsant by different passes (those of La Carabasseta, La Cova del Corb, El Belart, etc.); one of these, the Grau de La Mare de Déu, takes you directly to the hermitage of La Mare de Déu de Montsant, the highest church in the whole of
the massif.

From Ulldemolins you go in the direction of CORNUDELLA DE MONTSANT, passing through the tiny hamlet of Albarca. In Cornudella you can visit the parish church in the Renaissance style, the work of Pere Blai, and you can also see the co-operative wine cellars, the Modernist building designed by Cèsar Martinell. From the Sant Joan del Codollar hermitage you gain access to the Montsant via the Grau de Sant Joan and you also have access via the Grau del Tomaset. The excursions that you can go on in the surroundings of the town are very varied. You take an asphalted track that leads to
impregnable Siurana. SIURANA is interesting for its Romanesque church of Santa Maria and the remains of the Arab castle, in addition to its legendary cliffs which belong to the massif of the Prades mountain range. Siurana's relief characteristics have made it a climbing centre with an international reputation, with over 1,000 routes scattered around its
cliff faces.

You then head in the direction of LA MORERA DE MONTSANT. This is an old town of Saracen origin beneath the cliff faces of the Serra Major de Montsant. It still has a Romanesque entrance way to the parish church. The access routes into the Montsant from La Morera are impressive and even entertaining, such as the pass of El Grau dels Barrots; other passes are El Grau del Carabassal, El Carrasclet, L'Agnet those of L'Espinós, La Grallera, Salfores, etc. You can reach the Carthusian Monastery of Escaladei on foot along the GR 171 or else take the road that leads to the hamlet of
Escaladei itself.

The hamlet of ESCALADEI, the former monastery buildings, was the headquarters of the business interests of the entailment in the time of the Carthusian monks. From here one of the brothers directed the workers, monks or otherwise, who took charge of the cellars, livestock and various cultivated crops. The Montsant range offered the monks of
the Carthusian monastery an infinite variety of herbal remedies that they shared either with travellers or the people of the area that required them. The ruins of the Carthusian monastery of Escaladei are today a monument that is directed by the Department of Culture of the Generalitat of Catalonia. From the Monastery you have access into the Montsant by following the GR171 via the Grau de L'Escletxa.

Your itinerary comes to a close in LA VILELLA ALTA, a tiny village perched on top of
a rise very close to the Serra de Montsant (the southern slopes). From here you have access to pass of Montalts via the Grau de La Vilella or the Grau del Pi; there are also other excursions that you can make as far as Torroja or also as far as the La Consolació hermitage in Gratallops. Before leaving, you can visit the parish church, which houses an altarpiece dating back to 1700.

 

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Restaurant

Fonda Del RecóRestaurantCornudella de MontsantPl. de la Vila, 10977 821 032 e-mail Web
La SerraRestaurantCornudella de MontsantFinca La Plana, s/n (darrere del Parc de bombers)977 821 106 e-mail Web
La Venta D'En PubillRestaurant-BarCornudella de MontsantCtra. C-242, cruïlla amb la T-702, a 4 km. de Cornudella977 821 077
El Restaurant del BalcóHostel-RestaurantLa Morera de MontsantCarretera d'Scaladei, 2977 827 211 e-mail Web
Els TroncsHostel-RestaurantEscaladeiRambla de la Cartoixa, 6977 827 158 e-mail
El Rebost De La CartoixaRestaurant-BarEscaladeiRambla Cartoixa, 15977 827 149 e-mail Web
Els TallersHotel-RestaurantSiuranaRentadors, s/n977 821 144 e-mail Web
Centre CívicRestaurant-BarUlldemolinsSaltadora, 26977 561 585 e-mail
Fonda ToldràHostel-RestaurantUlldemolinsMajor, 33977 561 537 e-mail Web
La GraellaRestaurant-BarUlldemolinsAv. Duc de Cardona, s/n977 561 693

Allotjament

Ca l'AleixaLa Bisbal de FalsetFarm tourismMajor, 19977 819 298 e-mail Web
Cal MateuLa Bisbal de FalsetFarm tourismMajor, 27977 819 185 e-mail Web
Xalet de l'AssutCornudella de MontsantTourist dwellingCtra. TP-7402 de Cornudella a Porrera977 821 313 e-mail Web
Apartaments Ca la VictòriaLa Vilella BaixaHoliday apartmentRiu, 10977 839 008 e-mail Web
Hotel Balcó del Priorat***La Morera de MontsantHotel-RestaurantBonrepòs, 17 B977 827 211 e-mail Web
Els TroncsEscaladeiHostel-RestaurantRambla Cartoixa, 6977 827 158 e-mail
Fonda ToldràUlldemolinsHostel-RestaurantMajor, 33977 561 537 e-mail Web
Hotel La Siuranella*SiuranaHotel-RestaurantRentadors, s/n977 821 144 e-mail Web
Pla del CastellAlbarcaRural holiday accommodationDe la Plaça, 48659 863 185 e-mail Web
Refugi d'AlbarcaAlbarcaMountain shelterPlaça de la Vila, s/n660 660 721 e-mail
Cal Giral ICornudella de MontsantRural holiday accommodationSant Francesc, 1977 821 082 e-mail Web
Cal Giral IICornudella de MontsantRural holiday accommodationBalç, 26-27977 821 082 e-mail Web
Casa EstivillCornudella de MontsantRural holiday accommodationPlaça de la Vila, 15977 821 032 e-mail Web
La ViletaCornudella de MontsantRural holiday accommodationVileta, 16 A977 821 006 e-mail Web
Molí del PontCornudella de MontsantRural holiday accommodationCtra. C-242, km 48 (desviament Pantà de Siurana)649 668 826 e-mail Web
Cal TrucafortLa Bisbal de FalsetFarm tourismMajor, 12977 819 374 e-mail Web
Ca CalbetMargalef de MontsantRural holiday accommodationBaix, 12977 819 321 e-mail Web
Cal CorreuSiuranaRural holiday accommodationDe la Barceloneta, 1605 616 617 e-mail Web
Lo RefugiCornudella de MontsantMountain shelterComte de Rius, s/n977 821 313 e-mail Web
El Racó de la finestra Margalef de MontsantYouth hostelCarretera, 7977 819 008 e-mail
Refugi Ciriac BonetSiuranaMountain shelterPla de la Torre Alta, s/n977 561 409 e-mail Web
Càmping Montsant Park (2a)UlldemolinsCamping siteCtra. C-242 de Cornudella a Ulldemolins977 561 708 e-mail Web
L'AbadiaLa Vilella AltaRural holiday accommodationPl. de la Vila, 3977 839 477 e-mail Web

Celler

Celler Baronia del MontsantDO MontsantCornudella de MontsantComte de Rius, 1 977 821 483 e-mail Web
Celler La Conreria d'Scala DeiDOC PrioratEscaladeiMitja Galta, 32 (Finca Les Brugueres) | Escaladei977 827 055 e-mail Web
Celler SabatéDOC PrioratLa Vilella BaixaNou, 6977 839 209 e-mail Web
Celler Joan AmetllerDOC PrioratLa Morera de MontsantFinca Mas del Mustardo, s/n. Ctra. de La Morera de Montsant a Cornudella de Montsant.977 098 100 e-mail Web

Oficina de Turisme

Ulldemolins Tourist Information OfficeUlldemolinsPlaça de l'Església, 2977 561 578

Punt d'interès

Basic page

Empresa d'activitats

CanoaKayaKCornudella de MontsantEmbassament de Siurana606 414 223 e-mail

Ruta

Vinateria / Agrobotiga

La Vinateria del Boli Mitja Galta, 28 977 827 194 e-mail Web

Punt de paisatge del vi

CABACÉSL'OLI UN TRESOR PER ALS SENTITS
LA BISBAL DE FALSETLES SENSACIONS DE L'OLI
MARGALEFELS MOLINS D'OLI
ULLDEMOLINSELS MIRADORS DE L'OLI
SIURANAVI, OLI I AIGUA
CORNUDELLAL'IMPULS DEL COOPERATIVISME
LA VILELLA BAIXALA NOVA YORK DEL PRIORAT
LA VILELLA ALTA PA, VI I OLI
LA MORERA DE MONTSANT A PEU DE MONTSANT