Part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range, the Prades Mountains (known locally as the Muntanyes de Prades are a recognizable massif located just north of Tarragona in Catalonia. Known for its distinctive silhouette, the massif comprises several lofty peaks. The mountains are a popular destination for outdoor and fitness enthusiasts and eco-tourists.
Located just a quick trip inland from the Catalonian coast, the Prades Mountains are one of the region’s major geological features. The limestone mountain massif comprises numerous peaks, of which the Tossal de la Baltasana, which stands 3,947 feet (1,203 meters) high, is the tallest. The area today features pine and oak forests as well as landmarks ranging from the Poblet Monastery (a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in the 12th century) and the deserted town of La Mussara to the hilltop, centuries-old village of Siurana.
As the Prades Mountains are just a quick trip from Tarragona and other Catalonian destinations, it’s easy to plan an independent excursion.
Things to know before you go
*The Prades Mountains are a particularly popular destination among climbing enthusiasts. *Mushroom-picking is a popular Prades Mountains activity in the autumn; explore with an experienced guide to ensure you’re picking only safe and tasty specimens. *The Prades Mountains Study Centre, located in the town of Prades, offers an introduction to the region and its wildlife and habitats. *The region is known for its bread, potatoes, and honey; look out for its culinary highlights during your trip.
How to get there
The Prades Mountains are located in Catalonia, just 16 miles (26 kilometers) north of Tarragona. From Tarragona, the mountains can be reached by car in under an hour; upon arrival, visitors can take advantage of the area’s numerous hiking and mountain-biking trails. Local towns like Prades and Siurana provide a convenient jumping-off point for explorers.
When to get there
The Prades Mountains are a popular recreational destination throughout the year; in winter, they can be covered in snow, and in summer can see brilliant sunlight. Whichever time of year you visit, be sure to research conditions in advance, and come prepared with layers, sturdy shoes, water, and other seasonally appropriate provisions.
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