On a sunny day, when actually the forecast said rain for the whole day, we decided to go for a round trip into the Prades Mountains. The Prades Mountains, also known as Muntanyes de Prades, is a large calcareous mountain massif straddling the comarcas of Alt Camp, Baix Camp, Conca de Barberà, Garrigues and Priorat, in Catalonia. These mountains have characteristic large and rounded rocky outcrops. They are mostly heavily forested with oak and pine trees, and the non-native chestnut tree has adapted to the local forests.
Since it was super sunny – regardless of the forecast 😉 – we were visiting villages one after another. This territory is super picturesque, and after passing by La Mussara, La Febro, Capafonts, La Cadeneta, we arrived at the village of Farena.
Farena is actually a district of the municipality of Mont-ral (that we also visited after), at an altitude of about 610 meters. Currently, the village of Farena is practically uninhabited, especially in the winter. In summer, on the other hand, it becomes a super touristy town.
No wonder why, it looks like a real fairy tale! 😍
The village cannot be accessed by car. There are two parking areas at the entrance of the village where you are obliged to leave your vehicle. Afterward, you can walk around in the village freely, and due to its tiny size, it can be done perfectly within an hour.
How to arrive
What to see
Since the Romanesque church of Sant Andreu is located on the highest peak of the village, we can oversee all the stunning rural houses around. Not to mention the beautiful medieval stairs, that are guiding us up there.
Where to stay
Due to the fact that Farena is really tiny, we can find only three accommodations – Casa Rural – within the village. But it’s also worth exploring in the neighboring villages for places to stay, and there as well the most common results will be also rural houses, and they are definitely worth visiting if we enjoy the authenticity and want to experience the real feel of these places.
In Farena, currently these are the options – to date June 2020:
Eat & drink
At present, we find 2 open restaurants in the village, they both serve traditional Catalan kitchen in a fusion with Mediterranean flavors:
Besides the Obvious favorite
Could you imagine a more romantic place, where you can get lost in the medieval scenery while admiring the contrast of the old stone walls and the vivid colorful flowers…?! 😍