Exploring the land of wine and olives
A weekend away from Barcelona? And we will be walking a lot and hiking? I was in as soon as I heard about this idea and a great place that was considered as our out-of-town destination, a picturesque county of Priorat. It is based in the province of Tarragona that I already had a chance to visit in March so not very far from Barcelona but far enough to feel like a holiday break.
Once three busy ladies were involved it took some time to agree on a suitable weekend that would work for all of us but we managed in the end. Most importantly the dates we picked were also convenient for Aleksandra’s friend, who kindly let us stay in his house in Marçà. Luckily Priotat is easily accessible by train. With Marçà-Falset station situated only a short walk away from the village it was not a problem to find our way even fairly late on Friday night.
Priorat is famous for its wine and the views of the vineyards can certainly be a proof that viticulture is at its heart. For a long time the areas such as Tarragona and Priorat have been the important centers of agricultural activity in Catalonia focusing also on the production of olives, grains and other produce like almonds or hazelnuts. I was given a bottle of a local olive oil as a present and I must say that it is superb. I use this liquid gold whenever I make a salad.
I was really impressed with a variety of different walking routes available in Priorat and also how well they are set up. It is worth knowing that the Tourist Information Office in Falset offers great materials and its website can be extremely helpful for anyone who wants to plan beforehand. The route that I picked with my friends took us from Marçà to Capçanes via an incredible ravine, along dry river bed and the fields with old farmhouses. It was easy, enjoyable and I would recommend it. Maybe you should try during the grape harvest period? It must be beautiful!
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