This is Gratallops, a little old village located at the heart of the Priorat, in the province of Tarragona, one of the most beautiful regions of Catalonia.
Overhanging the Siurana river, Gratallops is in the heart of a licorella (slate) basin, irrigated on the other side by the Montsant river. Gratallops is about 1050 ft. (320 m) over sea and about 16 miles (25 km) from sea (Costa Daurada) as the crow flies.
The tradition says that the village was named Villanova del Pi a long time ago. The land had belonged to the township of Siurana for centuries. This ended up in 1153, with the Moorish Empire's decline, when the Christians started to occupy the land.
The first written reference to Gratallops was found in the "Carta de Población" dated 1258. In this deed, the Convent of Scaladei gave the place and the township of Gratallops to be repopulated. It seems that a castle was built there at the end of the 14th century, but nothing remains today.
Since the 18th century vinegrowing has become the main activity and incidentally olive and almond production. Note that in the 19th century other products such as hemp, fruit and vegetables were also growing there.
Since the end of the Eighties, Gratallops has become a famous place in the wine connoisseur circles. Producers such as Carles Pastrana (Clos de l'Obac, Miserere), René Barbier (Clos Mogador) orAlvaro Palacios (L'Ermita, Les Terrasses) have established their cellars there.
More about this on our wine page.
About 250 souls live in Gratallops. Four restaurants offer local specialities. Two small confortable hotels can host you at very reasonable prices. Gratallops has a simple, yet functional infrastructure. A bakery, a grocery store, a ceramic workshop and a wonderfully situated public swimming pool will make your stay enjoyable and relaxing.
|Name||Address||Opening hours*||Phone||Credit Cards|
|El Celler de Gratallops||c/. Piró||
Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday
|977 839 036||Visa, MasterCard|
|La Font||c/. Consolació, 12||Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday
|977 839 279||Visa, MasterCard|
|El Piró||c/. Piró, 21||Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday
Dinner: Friday and Saturday
|977 839 004||Visa, MasterCard|
|Les Figueres||c/. de la Font, 38||Saturday and Sunday||977 830 217||Visa, MasterCard|
|Cal Llop||c/. de Dalt, 21||Every day||977 839 502||Visa, MasterCard|
* The opening hours may change, depending on the season and on the restaurant owner's mood. We recommend you to ask before.
|La Font||c/. Consolació, 12||6||977 839 279||Visa, MasterCard|
|Hostal Elvira||c/. Piró, 43||6||977 839 185||No|
|Hotel Cal Llop||c/. de Dalt, 21||10||977 839 502||Visa, MasterCard|
|El Forn del Pi||c/. Piró||Bakery, food||No|
|Ceramica del Priorat||pl. Eglesia||Art ceramics, pottery||977 83 90 17||No|
|Costers del Siurana||c/. Manyetes, S/N||Wines from Costers del Siurana||977 83 92 76
The village map shall help you to find these addresses.
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