Serra de Montsant

Serra de Montsant

Montsant cliffs towering above the winefields near Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian Order monastery.
Highest point
Elevation 1,163 m (3,816 ft)
Coordinates 41°17′34.63″N 0°47′52.09″E / 41.2929528°N 0.7978028°E / 41.2929528; 0.7978028Coordinates: 41°17′34.63″N 0°47′52.09″E / 41.2929528°N 0.7978028°E / 41.2929528; 0.7978028
Location Priorat, (Catalonia)
Parent range Catalan Pre-Coastal Range
Mountain type Conglomerate

Serra de Montsant is a mountain chain in Catalonia, Spain. The main populated area in the range is La Morera de Montsant.


It is part of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Range. The main peaks are Roca Corbatera (1,163 m), Piló dels Senyalets (1,109 m) and la Cogulla (1,063 m).[1] The Serra de Montsant, meaning 'Holy Mountain Range' is thus named because there were many hermits living in the range in early Medieval times.[2]

The Montsant mountain range is currently a protected area, the Serra de Montsant Natural Park.[3]

Local wine

This mountain region is a famous red wine-producing zone; some of the best vineyards are located near the Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a Carthusian Order monastery.[4] It gives its name to the Montsant wine-producing area.


Serra de Montsant in winter; south face

See also


  1. Mapa Topogràfic de Catalunya - Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya
  2. Anuario de estudios medievales; Instituto de Historia Medieval de España 2003; p.982
  3. Parc Natural de la Serra de Montsant
  4. AADD, Museus i Centres de Patrimoni Cultural a Catalunya. 2010. Departament de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya. Barcelona; p. 87 ISBN 8439354371
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