Siurana (Tarragona)

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Siurana is a village of the municipality of the Cornudella de Montsant in the comarca of Priorat, Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain.

Located just outside the Montsant region, it is just east of main town of the municipality Cornudella de Montsant and consists of a small village at the top of an escarpment in the Prades Mountains overlooking the Siurana Reservoir and is often visited by tourists to the area for its historical relevance and excellent views of the Embalse and surrounding valley.

Cliffs around the village are popular among climbers due to the abundance of excellent climbs up to grade 9b.[1] The development of Siurana as one of the world's best climbing destinations has been attributed to Toni Arbones.[2]

History[edit]

La Siurana is the Christian name for the town. Originally, it was known by the Latin name of La Seviriana, but was changed to Xibrana after being conquered by the Islamics. A memorial cross was erected in 1953 to commemorate the reconquest of Siurana 800 years before in 1153, the last Muslim enclave to fall to the Christians in Catalonia.

Panoramic view of Siurana

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Coordinates: 41°15′N 0°56′E / 41.250°N 0.933°E / 41.250; 0.933