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Pratdip circular hiking route in Llaberia Natural Park

Hiking in the hellhound & vampire village of Catalunya. A medium hard 16km circular route in the Llaberia Natural Park

Updated: Nov 17, 2022

by: Barcelona Travel Hacks

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About Pratdip circular hiking route in Llaberia Natural Park

In Catalan myth, a Dip is an evil black Hellhound and emissary of the Devil, lame in one leg, who sucks people's blood. The legend dates from at least 1602 from images on the altarpiece of Santa Marina de Pratdip church. Legend has it that the Dips sucked the blood of cattle, but only went out at night, and among their victims were drunken night owls who went to drink wine in the village taverns. According to tradition, the name of the village comes from these Hellhounds. The Legend of the Dip is the Catalan equivalent of the fictional Sherlock Holmes Hound of Baskervilles Novel by Conan Doyle.

Due to the Dip's thirst for blood, it inspired the 1960's play, Natural Stories, by author Joan Perucho and tells the story of Onofre de Dip, a noble vampire with the ability to transform himself into many animals. The central part of the play takes place in Pratdip at the beginning of the nineteenth century. This story has elements of Bram Stoker's Dracula.

This Meduim-hard circular hiking route starts and ends in Pratdip village and is around the Llaberia Natural park mountains. This is a great route for winter because of its proximity to the Coastline there is normally never snow in these mountains. The village is less that 2 hours by car south of Barcelona near Tarragona and is a lot warmer than the Pyrenees and pre-pyrennes.

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This is a hiking route I have done three times, once in November, December and January. The route does involve some steap sections up some short ravines that have chains to traverse ascents of up to 2 metres so is not a route for anyone that has difficulty with vertical ascents or suffers from vertigo. It is possible to do it with dogs but you will need 4m of rope and a dog harness or at least three people to manhandle the dog up the chains section. If your dog is the size of a pony then it is probably not viable!

The route starts at Pratdip Castle ruin which gives 360 degree views of the village and mountains and follows the horseshoe shaped Cingles de Brancana cliffs.

Regarding the Dip or mountain wolves, I have never seen any and it is just a legend, even completing the last section of this hike at night there were no wolf howls, owl hoots, vampires or anything remotely scary. However, If you want to take a wolfs mask for drinks in the village bar and restaurant after the hike I am sure the villagers will appreciate the humour!

In the morning the Bar de La piscina Municipal opens early for drinks and snacks. In the afternoon/Evening Casal de Pratdip bar/restaurant is open.

Allow 6-8 hours to complete the hike as always depending on personal fitness.

NOTE: Pratdip hosts a rally on the T-310 road from the village into the mountains at the end of October. Avoid doing this hike on rally days because the road closures will block access to the start and end of this trail. Also the traffic to get to the village on the single access makes getting to the village very slow.

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult € 29.90 FREE Child € 29.90 FREE Notes Walk is free, Return train ticket costs 22.90 Euros. Estimated taxi fee 10 Euros return per person.

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Getting to Pratdip circular hiking route in Llaberia Natural Park

Address: Avinguda Catalunya 29-23, Pratdip. 43320

By public transport:

Pratdip is a small village with two busses per day on a Saturday, arriving from Tarragona at 14:20h and a bus leaving Pratdip at 07:25h on Saturday Morning. This bus service is not useful for a day's hiking activity. However, Pratdip is 15 minutes' drive from Hospital de L'Infant Renfe Regional Train station. From the Train station It is possible to get a taxi to Pratdip Village. Make sure you agree a pickup time or, 2 hours before arriving back at Pratdip village, call the taxi to avoid getting stranded.

By car:

Take exit 38 (hospitalet d L'Infant) of the AP-7. Village of Pratdip is about 15 minutes drive via the T-310. Park in Avenida Catalunya near the Piscina municipal (town swimming pool).

I have always traveled to Pratdip via car but I think the train and taxi option is viable if you start hiking no later than 10:00h and are back at the village by 18:00h approximately.

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Pratdip Train Map via Hospital De L'Infant

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Pratdip MonBus timetable from Tarragona

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Hiking in the hellhound & vampire village of Catalunya. A medium hard 15km circular route in the Llaberia Natural Park.

Distance: 14.39 Km

Difficulty: Moderate

Return Travel Fare: 29.50 EUR

Transport Network: Renfe Regional & Taxi / Car

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