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The Cartoixa d'Escaladei, a monastery among hundred-year-old vineyards

Visit the outside area of the 3 cloisters, the church, the refectory and a reconstructed cell
Legend has it that in the Vall d'Oliver valley, at the foot of the Montsant Mountain Range, a shepherd once dreamt of angels that were going up a staircase: Escaladei, the staircase to God. And it was here that the Monastery of Escaladei was founded in 1163, at the request of King Alphonse I, the Chaste, hence creating a place to live for the Carthusian monks of the Sant Bru Order, amid the silence, solitude and nature that surrounded the temple. Would you like to take a walk through the area around this valley of vineyards and olive groves?

Today, all that remains of the old Carthusian complex of Escaladei, one of the most important medieval and modern monasteries in Catalonia, are its structures. You can walk around the outside of the 3 cloisters, one of which has been rebuilt, as well as the refectory and a cell that has also been reconstructed. 

The Carhusian Monastery of Escaladei is located in the very heart of the Priorat Region. Hence, this monumental site is surrounded by hundred-year-old vineyards. Some of these vineyards are located on the estates of Cellers d'Scaladei, which sits within the confines of the old grounds of the Carthusian Monastery. If you’d like to taste wines full of history, you definitely won’t want to miss this visit. 
Next to Gratallops, a 15-minute drive from the Cellers d'Scaladei winery, is the winery Cellers Buil Giné. This wine producer offers a tour through the outdoor grounds of the estate and the viewpoint and the facilities of the winery, as well as a wine tasting. 

In addition to the Carthusian Monastery and the vineyards, you will not want to miss Siurana, a fairytale village that has been the backdrop of legends about princesses and warriors; Falset, where you can visit the old castle of the Counts of Prades; and  Porrera, a unique town known for its many sundials, which can be found just about everywhere. 

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