|• Total||498.61 km2 (192.51 sq mi)|
|• Density||19/km2 (49/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+2 (CEST)|
Priorat is a comarca (county) in Catalonia, Spain. The central part of the comarca, "Priorat històric," produces the highly regarded wines that are certified under the DOQ Priorat. Wines from elsewhere in the comarca are certified as DO Montsant although this region also has a small segment of the neighboring comarca, Ribera d'Ebre as well.
The other main agricultural activity is the production of olives and olive oil, the latter of which is certified under DOP Siurana. Historically there was greater production of hazelnuts and almonds but these activities have become mostly for personal use.
Priorat saw a steady loss of population throughout the 20th century due to a number of external factors such as the Spanish Civil War and the rise of coastal tourism. In 2004, with a more prosperous economy there was an overall increase in population that peaked in 2010 and has since been decreasing again each year. In 2001, the population was 9,196, with only the capital, Falset exceeding a population of 1,000 and while it has over 2,800 residents as of 2017, the comarca overall has reduced to 9,345 from a high of 10,145 making it the 3rd least populated comarca in all of Catalonia.
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.
|Bellmunt del Priorat||290||8.9|
|La Bisbal de Falset||217||14.1|
|Cornudella de Montsant||953||63.5|
|La Morera de Montsant||158||52.9|
|Pradell de la Teixeta||163||21.8|
|La Torre de Fontaubella||137||7.1|
|Torroja del Priorat||149||13.2|
|La Vilella Alta||127||5.2|
|La Vilella Baixa||200||5.6|
|• Total: 23||9,345||498.6|