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The monastery trails of Priorat (September 2014)  
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:44 PM

After last year's Camino we were back in Spain with Peter and Rachel for another walking holiday, and this time Katharine came too.

Our six-day walk in Catalonia followed little-used hill paths between the monastery at Poblet and the (ruined) monastery of Escaladei, and on through the vineyards of El Priorat. (The trip was organised by On Foot Holidays - highly recommended.)

In all, we walked about 75 miles - over tough terrain and (at times) in fiercely hot weather. The food, the wine, and the beer were all excellent; the scenery was spectacular; and the Catalan people were wonderful.






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Montblanc   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:45 PM

We met up with Peter, Rachel and Katharine at Birmingham Airport for our flight to Reus, about 100 km south-west of Barcelona. From there we took a taxi (which turned out to be a 24-seat coach!) to the medieval fortified town of Montblanc. Click here to view this Page



Day 1: Poblet to Rojals   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:47 PM

Day 1: 11.0 miles. We were up early on the first day to buy our picnic lunch in Montblanc, before taking our taxi to the monastery at Poblet - la Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet. The monastery was very impressive, and a great place to contemplate the path ahead... Click here to view this Page



Day 2: The Farena Circuit   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:48 PM

Day 2: 10.6 miles. Nothing accomplished today - we ended up exactly where we started - so how come we were so knackered? Well, I suppose we could have found somewhere closer than Farena for lunch. The walk was really tough too, and pretty scary in places. The views though, were outstanding. Click here to view this Page



Day 3: Rojals to Prades   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:49 PM

Day 3: 11.3 miles. A longer walk today, but a little bit easier going, mostly along the high ridge between Rojals and Prades - spectacular views on both sides. Click here to view this Page



Day 4: Prades to Cornudella de Montsant   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:49 PM

Day 4: 13.6 miles. This was probably the most spectacular day of the holiday. Unfortunately, Katharine had picked up a bit of an injury and decided to take the day to recuperate. The rest of us headed south out of Prades and soon found ourselves in the valley of the Siurana river. Swimming in the rock pools was very refreshing. Click here to view this Page



Day 5: Cornudella de Montsant to Poboleda   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:50 PM

Day 5: 16.6 miles. This was the longest day's walk, but not as tough as the day before. From Cornudella we climbed up to the holy mountain of Montsant before dropping back down to La Morera for lunch. Click here to view this Page



Day 6: Poboleda to La Vilella Baixa   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:51 PM

Day 6: 11.3 miles. We had a really tough decision to make on day 6. Should we continue on to La Vilella Baixa as planned, or should we stay and enjoy the wine harvest festival in Poboleda and get a taxi to LVB later! Well, our conscience got the better of us, and we left the merriment behind us. ;-) Click here to view this Page



La Vilella Baixa   
Posted by Richard on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at 09:51 PM

And so, the last day of our holiday. Plenty of time to look around La Vilella de Baixa and even to spend some time in the town's swimming pool. And one last lunchtime meal before heading back to Reus for our flight home. If only I hadn't chosen the cuttlefish... Click here to view this Page


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