Although we were able to experience a significant amount during our stay in Monstant, we unfortunately, weren’t able to visit as many non-wine related places as we had hoped. So what we’ve compiled below are either places suggested to us, or places we visited and enjoyed. If you have any additional places to add, please don’t hesitate to share them with us.
Siurana Historical Site: This was the only cultural tourist site we visited, and we would hazard a guess that it was also one of the most breathtaking as well. Perched delicately on top of an enormous rock, this tiny little town consisting of a few bars and restaurants, a hotel and a hostal for rock climbers, seems like figment of your imagination. Who would live here? How do they survive? If we turn the clock back to 1154, the Christians most likely were pondering that very same question. This solid piece of rock no bigger than the base of the Eiffel Tower was the last stronghold for the Moors before the Christians overwhelmed them. As legend holds, Princess Abdelazia flung herself and her horse off the edge, leaving only the remnants his footprints behind into the limestong floor, for fear of being taken by the Christians. If you are a lover of nature, adore rockclimbing or need some quality time to reflect, we highly suggest you stay here at the Hotel Siurana. However, if your plan is to visit several wineries, the windy routes up and down the mountain may not be the most conducive for a day of wine tasting. In this case, come here for a day trip and check out our Places to Stay page for more information. See our video here.
Take a Flight Over the Mountains: As mentioned in our winery profile of Celler Capcanes, you have an amazing opporunity to take a 50 minute flight in a Cessna from the Reus Airport over the gorgeous rugged landscape of the Comarca of Priorat. You may also choose to combine your trip with a winery tour and tasting. One word of caution: We suggest you avoid any heavy meals or wine tastings prior to the flight. Upon landing, you just may thank us for it Please call +34 670623403 or email email@example.com for more information.
The Siurana Resevoir: Canoeing and Kayaking: This is another activity I would have loved to do. When looking down from the top of Siurana, you can see this massive body of clear blue water below you. And since we cannot advise a very tempting dive into those crystaline waters at 800+ meters, we can suggest you contact Canoakayak.com for information of canoe and kayak rentals.
Hiking: If you love hiking, you will adore Montsant. This area is a hotbed of incredible trails zigzaging there way through the region. The Priorat Tourism site has loads of places to don your hiking boots and poles such as: Auberadors” Path around Pradell, Camí de la Bisbal de Falset, Camins del Vi de Porrera, Itinerari al voltant de la Cartoixa or La Figuera la Vilella. Check out the Priorat Tourism site for more information.
Mountain Biking: If you have a penchant for all roads less travelled, then this is the option for you. Montsant is has more dirt routes through lush vineyards and budding orchards than it does different types of butifarra, and that’s saying a lot! You can take the 26km loop, starting in Falset – Masroig – Guiamets – Marçà – Falset or why not go from La Vilella Baixa – Gratallops – Escaladei – La Vilella Baixa. For more information on routes, go here.
We haven’t even scratched the surface on the various different activities you can try such as Segway vineyard tours, 4×4 excursions, buggie winery tours, paragliding, olive oil tasting or gourmet wine and food vacations. There are ample amounts of possibilities depending on what you’re in the mood for.
If you’re interested in talking to someone directly, contact Rachel Ritchie, a guide/translator specifically for the political region of the Priorat.