Vines of the Holy Virgins

Distance: 
7,00km
Fall: 
150,00
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

Suggestions: 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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Cellers De GratallopsRestaurantGratallopsPiró, 32977 839 036 e-mail Web
La FontHostel-RestaurantGratallopsConsolació, 12977 839 279 e-mail
La CassolaRestaurant-BarGratallopsCtra. T-710 de Falset a Gratallops, Km.8'5977 262 146 e-mail Web
Les FigueresRestaurantGratallopsDe la Font, 38977 262 373 e-mail Web
Lo Cupet 39Restaurant-BarLa Vilella AltaMajor, s/n977 839 086 e-mail
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Allotjament

La FontGratallopsHostel-RestaurantConsolació, 2977 839 279 e-mail
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Hotel Cal Llop***GratallopsHotel-RestaurantDe dalt, 21977 839 502 e-mail Web
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Celler

Celler CecilioDOC PrioratGratallopsPiró, 28 977 839 507 / 977 839 181 e-mail Web
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Celler Ripoll SansDOC PrioratGratallopsBaixada de la Consolació, 4 687 638 951 e-mail Web
Clos FiguerasDOC PrioratGratallopsFont, 38 | Gratallops977 830 217 / 977 262 373 e-mail Web
Celler Mas IgneusDOC PrioratGratallopsCtra. de Falset-La Vilella Baixa (T-710), Km. 11,1 977 262 259 e-mail Web
Saó del CosterDOC PrioratGratallopsValls, 28 629 806 313 e-mail Web
Celler DevinssiDOC PrioratGratallopsMasets, 1 | Gratallops977 839 523 e-mail Web
Balaguer i CabréDOC PrioratGratallopsLa Font, 8 626 175 077 e-mail Web
Trossos del PrioratDOC PrioratGratallopsCtra. Gratallops-Vilella Baixa, km 10,65 638 415 891 e-mail Web
Clos MogadorDOC PrioratGratallopsCamí Manyetes, s/n | Gratallops977 839 171 e-mail Web

Punt d'interès

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Vinateria / Agrobotiga

Vinateria bonVIurePiró, 23 977 839 004 e-mail

Punt de paisatge del vi

GRATALLOPS PARADÍS SOMIAT PELS ENÒLEGS I ELS AMANTS DELS BONS VINS
LA VILELLA ALTA PA, VI I OLI