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Serra de Montsant
Walking the Sacred Mountains of Catalonia
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The Serra de Montsant is a protected area, in the Serra de Montsant Natural Park. It is referred to as the 'Holy Mountain Range' because of the many hermits living there in early Medieval times. It is a lovely area of quiet hillside villages bordered by vineyards.

You’ll discover many historical sites, such as the Monastery at Poblet, and walk through tranquil woods with a wonderful diversity of Mediterranean vegetation.

About the Route

Facts: Montsant, or Sacred Mountain, forms part of a beautiful limestone massif in southern Catalonia. The route is a mix of undulating cobbled mule paths, dirt tracks and possibly some tarmac paths as you enter and leave villages. Average daily mileage of 10.5 miles in a mix of linear and circular walks with a couple of days offering more challenging ascents.

Highlights:

  • Cava and wine producing vineyards
  • Diverse vegetation of the Montes de Prades
  • Catalonian cuisines and wines
  • The Cistercian Monastery of Poblet
  • Historical hill top villages
  • The nature of the trail:

    The trail is described as moderate with an average daily walking of 4-6 hours and is best enjoyed from April through to October. In July and August it can be very hot. Pathways are a mix of undulating cobbled mule paths and dirt tracks in sometimes, hilly and mountainous areas.

    Serra de Montsant - 6 Days

    6 days walking
    7 nights accommodation
    62.5 miles /100km
    Twin/Double room per person from:
    £559  Per Person
    Single room per person from:
    £622 Per Person
    Solo Traveller per person from:
    £726  Per Person
    Season:
    spring, summer, autumn

    Itinerary

    Arrival - Arrive in La Morera

    Transfer by taxi (included) from Reus centre to the village of la Morera de Montsant, on the edge of the Sierra de Montsant Natural Park.

    Day 1 - Circular walk from La Morera 9.3m (15 km)

    A circular walk today takes you via the hamlet of Poboleda, among vineyards, and to the centuries-old remains of Cartoixa d'Escaladei Monastery.

    5 hours, 9.3m/15kms, ascent 490m, descent 490m.

    Day 2 - Walk from La Morera to Ulldemolins 10.6m (17 km)

    A steep ascent to the top of the Serra Major range, takes you along cliffs with marvellous panoramic views. The descent, on the far side of the massif, through Pi de la Carabasseta, brings you to Ulldemolins, located in the Valley of Silence.

    6.5 hours, 10.6m/17kms, ascent 680m, descent 790m.

    Day 3 - Walking from Ulldemolins to Prades 10.6m (17kms)

    You transfer from Ulldemolins to the start of the path (included). Today is perhaps one of the most beautiful walks in Mediterranean Europe, following an impressive gorge, with the descent into a side ravine. On the way to Prades, you pass a small church and monastery before reaching this lively historical town.

    5 hours, 17kms, ascent 430m, descent 430m

    Day 4 - Circular walk from Prades 6.5m (10.5kms)

    Walking towards the little mountain of Capafonts, via a steep ascent to the lovely l'Abellera monastery chapel, perched high up on a cliff. You’ll have the opportunity to visit Padres on your return.

    3.5 hours, 6.5m/10.5kms, ascent 450m, descent 450m

    Day 5 - From Prades to Montblanc 15.2m (24.5kms)

    You’ll experience an outstanding nature walk today through the beautiful Montes de Prades, with its incredibly diverse vegetation, to the picturesque medieval town of Montblanc.

    7.5 hours, 15.2m/24.5kms, ascent 460m, descent 970m.

    Day 6 - Walk to the Poblet Monastery 9.6m (15.5kms)

    You start the day with a short journey by train (not included) to Vimbodí. Today’s walk takes you through the Conca de Barberà wine region en route to the awe-inspiring Cistercian Monastery of Poblet. Vineyards, olive trees and almond orchards compliment this feast for the eyes. The day’s walk ends in Montblanc.

    5 hours, 9.6m/15.5kms, ascent 200m, descent 200m.

    Departure - Departure from Montblanc after breakfast

    Depart after breakfast.

    Notes

    Please be aware that slight variations to these itineraries may have to be made due to availability of accommodation. Please note that the quoted daily mileage does not include distance from the path to your overnight accommodation.

    Our prices are based on two persons sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, the single price applies.

    If you are walking the route by yourself, the Solo Traveller price applies If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    ACCOMMODATION ON THE ROUTE

    Our prices are based on two travellers sharing a room. If you are travelling with others and require your own room, please add the Single Supplement. If you are walking the route by yourself, please add the Solo Traveller Supplement.

    Wherever possible, we will reserve rooms with ensuite or private bathrooms. There may be locations or times of the year when accommodation with only shared facilities are available.

    If you wish to add rest days into the itinerary please contact us for details.

    Included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • 7 night's accommodation, 2 Grazalama, 2 Benaocaz, 2 Montejaque and 1 Ronda
  • Breakfast daily
  • Luggage transfers on Days 3, 5 and 7
  • Transfer on Day 1 from Ronda to Grazalama and Day 5
  • Destination manual for the area and route
  • Route Notes with full details on the daily routes
  • Folded map of the region and easy to read maps of the walking route
  • GPS tracks
  • 24 hour English speaking contact number for emergencies
  • Not included in the holiday arrangements and package cost:

  • Flights
  • Transfers to your first accommodation or from your last accommodation (these can be arranged at an additional charge)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunches or dinners (unless specified)
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers etc. Any items that have not been specifically mentioned in the program

    Optional Services:

    Arrival and Departure

    The nearest airport for this holiday is Malaga, which is served from the UK by various airlines.

    Arrival and departure transfer information, via public transport, can found on the following links:

    Malaga:

    Malaga airport - Malaga bus station: There is a frequent train service from Malaga airport to Malaga Maria Zambrano rail station. The main bus station is also located here for the bus to Ronda.

    Malaga bus station - Ronda: There are 3 buses daily from Malaga to Ronda. You can find a current schedule at www.avanzabus.com

    Ronda to Grazalama: A transfer from Ronda bus station to Grazalama is included in your holiday cost.

    At the end of your holiday, you can take a bus to Malaga and connect to the airport train service.

    Rest Days and Extra Nights:

    If you wish to add rest days into your itinerary or add extra nights in Grazalama, Ronda or Malaga, please contact us.


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