Natural Pools and waterfalls of Siurana
Beautiful late spring or summer walking route from a mountain top village around a river basin with various waterfalls and natural swimming pools.
Updated: Nov 22, 2022
The Montsant mountain range is about 20Km inland behind Tarragona city and is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The main peaks are Roca Corbatera (1163 m), Pilo dels Senyalets (1109 m) and la Cogulla (1063 m). The Serra de Montsant, meaning Holy Mountain Range is named because there were many hermits living in the mountains in early Medieval times. Today Montsant mountains are a protected natural park.
This circular 15km route starts and ends at the Cartoixa d'Escaladei monastery museum located at the foot of the Montsant sierra.
Cartoixa d'Escaladei monastery museum
The Carthusian monks followed a model of life marked by silence and prayer, combining hermitistic loneliness with the auspices of community life. The monastery was founded in 1194 with a concession from King Alfonso I, for the purpose of forming a settlement on newly conquered lands. The donations and purchases that took place later turned the monastery into a feudal lord responsible for the county today known as Priorat and famous for grape growing and wine production.
Escaladei was a very wealthy and powerful monastery earning money from land rental of the very profitable grape fields and was known for its splendor between the 16th and 17th centuries. This wealth was used by the Carticans monks to undertake a profound architectural remodeling. From the first half of the 19th century onward, the confiscation of land owned by the Church and the looting produced during the popular uprisings caused the monastery to be abandoned.
Today, The monastery is being preserved with some sections undergoing extensive restoration works. The monastery is a museum that can be visited at the start of this hiking route. I would allow 30 to 60 minutes to explore the inside of the monastery.
The route starts from the Monastery museum and heads up into the mountains via abandoned monastic ruins of La Pietat and grape fields. At the foot of the cliffs the path is traversed in several sections by steep ravines with chains to aid the climb. The top of the mountain is a plateau with several summits such as Punta Alta del Boter (1007 m), La Guardiola (1014 m) and La Cogulla (1062 m). Between La Guardiola and La Cogulla is a large natural cave often used by mountain goats to take shelter from the wind and rain.
Further along the route we take a path going down into a natural basin with a spring called Clot de Cirer. From here we go back up to the plateau and follow a cliff top path at Roca de Miso that gives spectacular views of the Montsant cliffs and grape fields down below. From here the path descends down the side of the cliffs into a forest that emerges into the grape fields leading back to the monastery.
Cartoixa d'Escaladei monastery museum Opening hours & Tickets
16th December to 28th February: 10:00h to 16:00h
1st March to 31st May: 10:00h to 17:30h
Easter weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 10:00h to 19:00h. Monday 10:00 to 17:30
1st June to 30th September: 10:00h to 20:00h
1st October to 15th December: 10:00h to 17:30h
Closed On non festive Monday's, 25th,26th December and 6th January.
Ticket office closes 30 minutes before closing time.
5 euros for adults over 16 and under 65 years of age.
3 euros for pensioners over 65 years, Students and holders of Carnet Jove or groups of 10 or more people.
Free for under 16 years of age, Dissabled visitors, tour guides, Members of Associacio de Museolegs de Catalunya or International Council of Museums or International Council of Monuments.
Free entry the last Tuesday of every month from 1st October till 30th June.
Poboleda grape harvest festival
The first Saturday of September, 2nd September 2023, Poboleda celebrates a festival based on old fashioned harvesting techniques. Visitors can take part in the harvest early in the morning by accompanying villagers to the vineyards, followed by a popular open-air breakfast in the village. The grapes harvested are then crushed in the old way and the fair continues with wineries offering wine tastings.
The route does involve some steep 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 hands and feet ascents or suffers from mild vertigo. It is possible to do it with dogs but you may 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 best time of year to visit is during the harvest at the beginning of September or any time over winter due to the coastal location never receiving heavy snow fall like the Pyrenees.
Allow 6-8 hours to complete this route. A MEDIUM level of fitness is required.
For a complete weekend this hiking trip can be combined with a second day of hiking in Siurana. Staying overnight in Siurana.
I pack for wind when doing this hike because it is along a ridge line.
I recommend 3 to 4 litres of water because this is a dry mountain range.
Includes high visibility waterproof cover in zip compartment at bottom of rucksack. Use this cover in rain or fog so that you are more visible.
I prefer ankle high boots on mountain trails for the ankle support and increased stability over rocky trails.
For running in the hills around Barcelona or as a base layer for high mountain trails.
Small pouch lightweight Waterproof jacket for emergencies
Small lightweight first aid kit
IPX8 waterproof case & Lanyard. It floats and is submersible. Does not reduce the quality of photos and the touch screen works when inside the case.
With toe and heel reinforcements that give good padding.
Lightweight convertible trousers that zip down to shorts
Thermal short sleve skin tight top
Light weight cotton quick dry T-shirt
Light weight warm fleece
Waterproof jacket and windbreaker
USB rechargable Head torch
Mountain Forecast weather for Serra de Montsant
Address: Rambla de la Cartoixa S/N, Escaladei. 43379
This area is not seved by train or bus and is uniquely accessible by car, being 1h50m drive from Barcelona.
Park OUTSIDE of the monastery parking area gates so that when you return from the hike and find the monastery is closed your car is not locked inside.
Spectacular mountain route from former grand monastery via Montsant cliffs & mountain plateau via Clot del Cirer natural spring & Roca de miso viewpoint
Distance: 14.17 Km
Return Travel Fare: 20.00 EUR
Transport Network: Car
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