Priorat

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Priorat
Comarca
Coat of arms of Priorat
Coat of arms
Localització del Priorat.svg
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Province Tarragona
Capital Falset
Municipalities
Area
 • Total 498.7 km2 (192.5 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 9,550
 • Density 19/km2 (50/sq mi)
Demonym Prioratí, prioratina
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Largest municipality Falset
For the Priorat wine region, see Priorat (DOQ).

Priorat is a comarca (county) in Catalonia, Spain. The central part of the comarca, "Priorat històric," produces the famous and prestigious wine of the Denominación de Origen Calificada Priorat. Wines from elsewhere in the comarca are denominated as Montsant. The area is also known for the production of hazelnuts.

Priorat had a steady loss of population during the 20th century, but has recently as of 2004 experienced a more prosperous economy, resulting in an end to this trend. In 2001, the population was 9,196, with only the capital (Falset) exceeding a population of 1,000.

Physical geography[edit]

Priorat has an area of 496 km² and is bordered by the River Ebro, and by the comarques of Ribera d'Ebre, Baix Camp, les Garrigues, and Conca de Barberà. The region is mostly hilly, and in the extreme north of the comarca is the Montsant mountain range, rising to over 1000 m; the south is bordered by the Mola de Colldejou and the mountain ranges of Serra de Llaberia and Serra de Santa Marina.

The climate is continental: dry and hot in summer, cold in the winter.

Municipalities[edit]

Municipality Population
(2014)[1]
Area
km2[1]
Bellmunt del Priorat 307 8.9
La Bisbal de Falset 216 14.1
Cabacés 326 31.3
Capçanes 411 22.5
Cornudella de Montsant 954 63.5
Falset 2,838 31.6
La Figuera 118 18.7
Gratallops 243 13.5
Els Guiamets 292 12.1
El Lloar 110 6.6
Marçà 611 16.1
Margalef 108 34.7
El Masroig 534 15.5
El Molar 293 22.8
La Morera de Montsant 157 52.9
Poboleda 361 14.0
Porrera 461 28.8
Pradell de la Teixeta 181 21.8
La Torre de Fontaubella 126 7.1
Torroja del Priorat 160 13.2
Ulldemolins 412 38.2
La Vilella Alta 129 5.2
La Vilella Baixa 202 5.6
• Total: 23 9,550 498.7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "El municipi en xifres". Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya. Retrieved 2015-05-25. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°08′N 0°49′E / 41.133°N 0.817°E / 41.133; 0.817