Day 2 - Leaving Poblet Monastery
Day 2 - Leaving Poblet Monastery 
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£795.00 (2017)
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7 nights B&B, 3 or 4 evening meals (depending on finish point), 2 lunches, luggage transfers between hotels, short transfer at start and transfer to Reus at end
Maximum party size 10
April to November
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Catalonia - El Priorat
Along monastery trails to the holy mountain
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A self-guided walking holiday in Priorat between two famous abbeys, from Poblet over monastery hill paths to Escaladei, and ending in wine country. Stay in medieval Montblanc, Prades, Cornudella, Poboleda and Porrera. (Please note that owing to illness, our accommodation in La Vilella Baixa is unavailable until further notice.)


Grade:  medium


Two monasteries and fine wine

This walk, only an hour from Barcelona, is a must for the cultured hedonist. Despite the relatively rain-free climate the streams flow all year, and coming across a remote bathing pool on a warm spring day, perhaps diverting to some obscure neolithic rock art, are delights truly to be savoured. The route crosses the hills between two fine abbeys - Poblet and Escaladei - the former thriving and active, the latter now being restored as an archaeological site of major significance. This is the abbey that put the "prior" in "Priorat" - as the abbey owned most of the land you walk through, including the fine-wine-growing land of the same name.


The footpaths through these glorious hills are well signed, and take you from Poblet abbey, via the medieval town of Prades, to the "Holy Mountain" - Montsant - from which you descend to Escaladei in its valley fastness, and are thus able to appreciate from above its extent and former majesty. The walk is not yet over though - the final day is really one for wine-buffs, through the major vineyards of the Priorat (Robert Parker made one vintage his wine of the century with 100/100 on his famous scale), to a final night either by the old bridge in the beautifully positioned village of Porrera and its wine-tasting opportunities.

Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Debbie

Maximum party size: Ten (three doubles and two twins at Rojals; fourteen with extra beds).  Please note that there are no twin rooms available in Els Pampols in Porrera.


Standard option (as per "Itinerary"): 7 nights, though an extra winding-down day to devote time to the serious business of wine tasting in Porrera is recommended.  Combine with a trip to Barcelona.


Shorter options:

6 nights miss night 3 (Rojals)  or 7 (Porrera);

5 nights miss nights 3 and 7 (end in Poboleda)


Self-Guiding introduction by Joanna Thomas (subject to her availability) - accompanying you on your first one or two walking days, or guiding services for whole walking route.  See "Prices".

  • Medieval Montblanc
  • The spectacle of 'light and stone' that is Poblet Monastery
  • Two nights in a stylish "Mas"
  • Ancient mills and secluded bathing pools
  • The walk to the citadel of Siurana
  • Climbing the holy mountain - Montsant
  • A birdseye view of the Monastery of Escaladei
  • Priorat wineland and wine-tasting (in Poboleda or Porrera)

WE RECOMMEND: A stay in Barcelona, an extra night (in Poblet) and wine-tasting at the end of the walk.  . 


EATING AND DRINKING:  Dani at Mas de l'Arlequi (nights 2 and 3) recommends stuffed aubergine with a Castell de la Comanda (Reserva 2006) D.O. Conca de Barber√†.  Pilar in La Vilella Baixa loves her own garlic and bean soup with wine from her family vineyards, but can offer a stylish Onix Priorat for the sybarite.  Wine tasting is possible in Poboleda as Mas Doix (requires an extra night there) or (and?!) Porrera at Celler Cal Pla (usually requires an extra night), so do ask us if you are interested.

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Joanna Thomas has lived and worked in Catalonia for many years, as architect, guide, multilinguist and mother of two.  A keen walker, she lives in a converted tower in the village of La Febro, in the centre of the route, from where she devises walks to rediscover her beloved Muntanyes de Prades.