HIKING TRAILS SPAIN, Serra de Montsant-Muntanyes de Prades

A five day hiking trail in the Serra de Montsant, the Catalonia and Tarragona region

A five day hiking trail in the Serra de Montsant, the Catalonia and Tarragona region, southwest from Barcelona, frequently using the GR171. At Easter in nice weather. The trail combines culture and magnificent nature. And also: steep walks, breath-taking views, deep canyons, good food and Mediterranean medieval atmosphere.
Getting there: a flight to Barcelona City of Reus ( near Tarragona). From Barcelona airport (T2) you take the train to Barcelona-Sants, and from here the train to Vimbodi (2,5 hrs) . During the train travel you already get a good impression of the walking area.
Accommodation: hotels on trail. At Easter perhaps many hotels are fully booked. The local hotel owner can arrange your next hotel on trail. The Siurana hotel is rather expensive, but here you stay in a superb place.
Maps: Serra de Montsant - Hiking map Catalonia 1:20.000 - Editorial Piolet. And: Muntanyes de Prades, 1:25.000 - Editorial Piolet. Local tourist offices offer  descriptions of local footpaths. So you can make your own trail.
Indication of height: 300-1200 m. (day 2) .The height differences are easy to take, except perhaps those between Montblanc and Rojals.

April  2015: a 5 day hiking trip in a rough and impressive mountain landscape. At this time of year still few hikers.

Day 1: Vimbodi - monastery of Poblet - Montblanc       
            the GR171…………………………………………………...16km
Day 2: Montblanc - Rojals with a taxi ( fantastic views)-                
            Rojals - Prades
            the GR171…………………………………………………...18km
Day 3: Prades - Siurana
            description of local footpaths…..…...………………..….…..13km
Day 4: Siurana - Cornudella de Montsant ( partly by GR174)-
            Morera de Montsant.…………………………………….…..20km
Day 5: Morero de Montsant - Cartoixa d’Escaladei - La Vilella Alta-
           La Vilella Baixa                                             
          the GR171 to Cartoixa d’Escaladei......………………….…....21km

Taxi to Falset. From here the train to Tarragona (by Reus) and Barcelona. About 2 hrs.

serra de montsant    poblet monastery   la vilella alta

Prades                                                                   Poblet                                                                    La Vilella Alta

On trail: in the Siera de Montsant you’ll find a lot of marked footpaths, both GR’s and local trails. Many texts both in Catalonian and Spanish. In medieval Mont Blanc and Prades you’ll discover compact squares with terraces, some other villages seem deserted  at this time of the year. The views on trail are imposing. The multi-colored rocks are unique. Several churches and chapels deep in the rock-formations. In our opinion this trail is in our top 10.

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