HISTORY OF ALBARCA
( Aubarca )
Albarca is a
small town located in the further east side of the Montsant Sierra, at 815
metres above sea level, attached to Cornudella de Montsant, within the Priorat
region. It was an independent town until the mid XIX Century. Historically, it
was a part of the Prades County
Its name means
‘sacred mountain’ , the same name that the Montsant Sierra had before its
Christian reconquest in the mid XII Century.
is situated on rough soil, which is only suitable for rainfed agriculture,
vineyards and grazing. At the beginning of the XX Century there were about 100
inhabitants, and after the war from 1936-39, the town was rapidly depopulated.
A few years
ago, the disagreeing of some town folk forged a myth in town, which told that
there only lived two people there, and they didn’t get along.
increases in the summer, where numbers go as high as the 20s in August. Albarca
is a starting point for hikers, especially in spring and autumn.
celebrates its ‘fiesta mayor’ (town party) for the Virgin on the 15th of August,
where they celebrate their traditional ‘tirada de bolos’, and greet the Montsant
Virgin on the 17th.
Why Visit Albarca
an excellent starting point to go up Montsant mountain, and to do all types of
excursions : floral routes, medieval tombs, cave exploring, hermitages, the
Siurana and Margalef reservoirs, go mountain biking, climbing, wine-tasting,
horse-back riding, and more.
argument for Albarca is its extraordinary views from every side of the town. On
one side, the Ulldemolins valley, with the Llena Sierra on the background, on
the other side the Gritella with Siurana Sierra, and behind you can see the Puig
Albarca is a
starting point for many types of excursions. You can climb up the Montsant
Sierra, as well as go on a hermitage route in Ulldemolins, or follow old
Carthusian paths towards San Juan del Codolar, Cornudella de Montsant and the
Morera de Montsant.
There is a
public fountain in the Castillo square.