Sat 22nd October 2022
- Thu 27th October 2022
WalkingWomen return for another Wine Walk in Priorat, North-East Spain. Our spring walk was so popular “The whole experience was a highlight and Lorraine was an outstanding guide” This time we visit to experience the autumn colours and meet the winemakers now harvest is over. Join us for an immersion into the little known Priorat region and its splendid wines.
WalkingWomen Wine Walk in Spain
Dates: Saturday Oct 22nd to Thursday Oct 27th 5 nights and 4 days walking
Guide: Lorraine Roberts
Walking Grade: 2 Goats with 8-14km walks maximum ascent/descent is 600m. Plenty of stops and chances to experience the local food and wine.
Base: We stay in The Priorat Aparthotel – a small boutique hotel ideally placed in the centre of Falset.
The nearest airport is Reus 30 minutes away. There are direct flights to Reus from Birmingham, London Stansted and Manchester UK Airports. Our airport transfer is at 15.30 so please book flights to arrive by 15.00. The return transfer arrives at the airport for 9.30am so book flights from 11am.
Marca-Falset is the closest train station. Barcelona Airport is about an hour and a half drive from Falset, or approximately 3 hours by bus or bus and train. It is also possible to travel by train via Paris and Barcelona taking 27 hours + from London.
Price: £1,265 per person for the holiday
There is a discount of £265 per person for sharing a room. Total price per person sharing is £1,000.
- Guide for the week – English speaking
- Ensuite accommodation in boutique hotel
- All meals in the hotel or local restaurants except for tapas on two evenings.
- Premium wine, cheese and olive oil tours and tastings with local women producers
- Local transport to walks or pick up from walks
- Group transfer from Reus to Falset leaving Reus approx. 15.30 and return journey leaving the hotel at approx 9am.
- Travel to Reus/Falset
- Drinks, except for some wine included with some meals, are at your own expense.
Our location for our WalkingWomen Wine Walk in Spain is Falset in the region of Priorat. There are many local wines to try as well as local products like goat’s cheese and olive oil. We focus on women producers. Falset is a lovely Spanish small town with cobbled streets, some shops and many little bars and cafes, set in the dramatic landscape of Priorat.
More and more women are becoming winemakers and this trip will give the opportunity to walk among the vines, to learn about what inspires these women and to taste their creations.
Our walks are graded 2 goats as they range from 8 – 14km, along footpaths and stoney tracks, up hills and along valleys. Some have steepish sections, not mountain walking, but can feel a little challenging. There is a maximum ascent in a day of 600m.
The walks give beautiful views across fields, vineyards, gorges and rivers to the mountains. This is definitely off the beaten track little known by walkers – we will not see many if any, other people.
The idea is to experience the local culture with lots of local wine tasting and eating Spanish food. On some days we will have a ‘menu del dia’ in a pretty Spanish village on our route.
In the evenings we will go out to eat together in a local restaurant where we can also try pica pica tapas and perhaps find some local music.
October is a beautiful time to visit with the autumn colours and once harvest is over.
Watch our short video to give you a taste of our WalkingWomen Wine Walk from May 2022
Please note that the itinerary may change. Our guide will brief you each evening about the next day’s programme.
Watch the video from our May recce to give you more of a taste of this trip …
Day 1 Arrival Transfer from Reus airport at 3.30pm and check-in is from 4 pm. Settle into rooms before meeting together with your guide at 6 pm for introductions and a welcome briefing. Evening is a wander around the town and dinner together in a local restaurant.
Our walks on days 2-5 will include:
A 9km walk from Falset up to the old hermitages of St Christobel and St Gregory and through the red sandstone hills and along a ridge with fabulous views of La Molar, an interestingly shaped mountain, before dropping down to the valley below and the village of Torre de Fontaubella where we will enjoy a typical Catalan Sunday lunch before returning to Falset by taxi.
Later we walk a short distance, mostly on roads from Falset to Dosterras, a local winery for a tasting of Monsant wines and then walk back. Evening is flexible after our late Sunday lunch but could include trying some local tapas, or pica pica (snacks) in Falset.
A 12km walk from the medieval town of Miravet, which sits on the River Ebro, an important strategic marker in the Spanish civil war and about 30 mins by taxi from Falset. We will walk up to the castle and look around and then contour along the hill following the river with beautiful views across the river and the orange groves before arriving back at the road just outside in Benifalet.
We will take a packed lunch to eat along the way and then returning by taxi to Falset in the afternoon to visit the Cooperative for a tour and tasting, including the town’s well-renowned vermouth. The Cooperative building was built by Cesar Martinell, a disciple of the architect Gaudi. We will eat out together in Falset in the evening.
A 13km walk from Falset to the pretty village of Bellmunt through olive groves and vineyards upto a small ridge with beautiful views across the countryside. At Bellmunt we will meet three sisters who make goats cheese and an olive oil producer – in both cases we will get a chance to taste their wares! Then we will walk down and up to another ridge, arriving an hour or so later at Prior Terrae, a winery run by an innovative woman producing impressive wines. We will have a tour of her winery and enjoy her wines over a freshly prepared Catalan meal. Return to Falset by taxi.
That evening we will have local tapas.
A 10 – 13.5km walk starting in Pobeleda, another pretty village about 30 mins from Falset. We will walk steadily uphill for about 400m, between vineyards and almond trees and later a pine forest to arrive at Morera de Montsant –where we will rest for a while with a cold beer or coffee. After this, we walk downhill through pine and olive groves for about 1 hour to reach the remains of the 12th-century monastery of Scala Dei in just over an hour. We will explore the ruins of the monastery, which are partly renovated and offer a fascinating glimpse into the monks’ lives. A chance to rest over our packed lunches.
A further walk of 15 mins takes us into the village of Escaladei where we will have a wine tasting of premium Priorat wines produced by one of the first cellars in Priorat. After this, we have the option of returning to Falset in a taxi or walking a further hour back to Poboleda to meet our taxi there.
We will enjoy a meal in Falset this evening, our last night together
Day 6 – Breakfast together before our transfer to Reus airport at 8.45am
And finally a short video made by a guest on our very first wine walk to show you what they got up to..