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Falset is the region's capital of the Priorat, located to the southeast of the region, in a valley surrounded by mountains.
The wines of Falset are settled under the two Denominations of Origin of the region: DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant. Typical products of this population are hazelnuts, almonds, mahogany coccuts, egg and flour cakes, "castellets de Falset", olive oil, varied charcuterie, honey, "barquetes", nougat, romesco of haricot beans and Cod, grilled onions and garlics and fig bread.
In Falset you will find an Agricultural Cooperative, located in a modernist building constructed by the architect Cèsar Martinell, disciple of Antonio Gaudí. One of the most representative wineries in Catalonia.
The square of the Quartera is surrounded by the old porches and is one of the few in Catalonia built on slopes, where every Tuesday the market is celebrated. In this same square we will find the two palaces to be highlighted of the municipality. The Dukes of Medinaceli, Renaissance style, erected in 1630 with a facade of ashlars, sober and elegant; The interior of which is completely occupied by the premises of the Town Hall. The other palace is that of the Earls of Azara or "Casa Gran"; It also has Renaissance elements and dates back to the 18th century. Now it is the seat of the Regional Council of the Priorat. It has the facade with ashlars and a great staircase with Catalan return, covered with a skylight with four polychrome shields. The Ceiling is paneling and has coffered and has casetones.
The castle was built on top of a hill in the 12th century. It was residence of the Earls of Prades and in the born two queens: Elionor of Cyprus and Margarita of Prades. In 1825 it was enabled as a prison for more than a century. Currently it is a Center of Interpretation of the Wine.
The population was founded by the Carthusians of Escaladei in 1286. The name of the population changed with the Decrees of "New Plant". Until then he was known as Vilella d'Amunt.
Located to the northeast of the region, this municipality is on the top of a mountain and is surrounded by the Montsant, the mountain ranges of "La Figuera" and the "Coll de la Consolació".
The church was fortified during the First Carlist War. The 36-man Liberal Guard, was killed during a Carlist attack. Then it was decided to wall the town although now only remains as vestige of this wall a toponym: "El Portalet", corresponding to the place where the entrance door was located.
The basis of the economy of the population is rainfed agriculture. The vines predominate, followed by the almond trees and the olives.
Wine is produced from the DOQ Priorat and also olive oil.
The Vilella Baixa is located to the east of the region, protected by the mountain range of Montsant and is point of confluence of two rivers in the same nucleus of the population: "the Montsant" and "the stream of Escaladei".
Between its points of interest of this population stand out the stone bridge on the river Montsant, the street that does not pass, the oldest one of the town and where the medieval traces of the municipality and the Church square, dedicated to Holy John the Baptist , which dates back to the second half of the 18th century. Also it is necessary to emphasize the very high houses on the ravine of Escaladei, panorama to which the name of "New York of the Priorat" was suggested to him.
In the gastronomic repertoire, the sweetened coconuts, the olive oil, the DOQ Priorat wine and the artisan inlays deserve a point.
The town of Gratallops was built on a mountain, has, according to some authors, a Roman origin, but the first documented date dates from 1171 and it was not until 1258 that it was granted the population charter, under the control of the "Cartoixa D'Scala Dei ".
The Agricultural Cooperative, founded in 1917, has become a second grade cooperative, the Priorat Winery. This cooperative groups the production of several towns like the Lloar, the Vilella Baixa and the Vilella Alta. You can visit with other wineries in the village.
The cultivation of the vineyard has been a priority since the 18th century with the complement of two Mediterranean products: the olive and the almond.
Its gastronomy is rich in wine, "escudella" or Catalan stew, pork feet, snails with rabbit, grilled meat, spinach crepes, stuffed eggplants, Catalan cream and "orelletes". The wines belong to DOQ Priorat.