Montsant Natural Park

The Montsant Mountain Range symbolises the Priorat and the Tarragona region. 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.

The villages are to be found nestled against its foothills. The central part is a mountainous kingdom. To reach it, you must choose a “grau” that’s to say one of the passes which allow you to scale the cliffs. Some of them are quite easy and broad as they were once used as pack-horse trails to get from one village to another whereas others are just wide enough for a person to pass in single file. They are heart-stoppingly narrow, just about managing to cling on to the hillside.

The spiritual relationship which Man has maintained over the centuries with the Montsant mountain range has afforded it a very special status. The founding of the first Carthusian Priory or monastery of the Iberian peninsular – Scala Dei - and the intense tradition of hermits have lasted to this day. They are proof of the profound symbolic value the mountain holds. The Montsant Natural Park was declared in 2002 by the Catalan government.

A Natural Park awarded environmental certificates twice over

 

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The Montsant Natural Park obtained in 2016 the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism (CETS), a European accreditation, granted by the EUROPARC Federation, which certifies that the development of tourism in this territory is carried out in a sustainable, in accordance with the objectives of the Charter.

Espai protegit luminica acustica

The Serra de Montsant Natural Park was the first space in Catalonia to receive in 2019 the double certification of protection of light and acoustic quality from the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Since 2015, the Park’s management team has worked together with the DG for Environmental Quality and Climate Change of the Department of Territory and Sustainability on a specific plan of measures to ensure the conservation of the acoustic and night sky quality in the area.

Hiking on the Montsant Mountain Range

The originality of the Montsant mountain range is based on its unusual relief: a solid block of cliff which is seemingly inaccessible. Most of the ways up onto the mountain range are known locally as "Graus" or access paths. The name comes from the difficult passes where one has to overcome a big step of rock or "esglaó" = "Grau".

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Walks to discover the Montsant Mountain Range

Once on the Serra Major, or ondulating plain above the impressive cliffs, one can visit beautiful natural sites, walk the dry river beds and enjoy the flora, fauna and geological formations  which are characteristic of the Montsant.

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A Natural Park with activities for everyone

During this autumn and winter we continue with the agenda of activities of the Natural Park of Montsant. Mainly, you will find those activities organized by companies and individuals within the protected natural space and in the surrounding villages. Also those that are promoted that are generated from the Park itself -organized jointly with institutions, entities or collaborating people-, following the lines of work of the Park.

>See the Agenda (Catalan)