Discovering Prehistoric Rock Art of the Mediterranean Basin, Priorat Tour
- Travel south of Barcelona for a private tour of the fascinating UNESCO prehistoric rock art sites in the famous Priorat wine region
- Experience the tranquil, stunning countryside of Catalonia, off the beaten track
- Immerse yourself in the charms of this Mediterranean region’s culture and heritage in an expert-led tour
- Have a traditional Catalan lunch in a local restaurant or have a gourmet Catalan picnic
Duration: Approximately 8 hours
Activity level: Moderate
Tour leader Killian Driscoll and your chauffeur will pick you up from your chosen location, and you’ll start your tour driving out of the city with Killian introducing the day ahead, and answering any questions you may have.
Throughout the day, Killian will share with you his knowledge of the history and archaeology of the region, and the places you visit. You will be given an insight into the lives of the people that inhabited the area, looking at the prehistoric rock art sites, and Catalonia's medieval towns.
Your tour of the prehistoric rock art takes you to the Priorat about 1 and 3/4 hours south of Barcelona. The first stop will be your private tour of UNESCO prehistoric rock art sites in the Priorat wine region. These fascinating sites - of which we will visit three in two small, adjoining valleys - are rock shelters in the lower valleys of the Serra de Llaberia (Llaberia Mountains). The rock art, dating back to 10,000 years, is a remarkable testament to people's habitation of this mountainous region over thousands of years.
To get to the sites, we’ll walk for about 20 minutes on a trail through the rosemary and thyme scented oak and pine woods to the painted rock shelters.
At the paintings, you'll discover the world of the ancient artists and their communities. You’ll experience the stunning paintings of animals and hunting scenes, that have survived for millennia in this secluded part of the world.
From there you'll return down the valley to have your leisurely lunch in a local restaurant of your choice or your specially prepared, gourmet Catalan picnic.
On the way back to Barcelona, you'll travel through the world famous Priorat wine region, where you'll stop the small town of Falset, the medieval capital of Priorat, to have a coffee at a local cafe, and take in the views from the town's hilltop medieval castle. At Falset, you'l learn about the world famous wine region of the Priorat, and discover its roots in the Roman and medieval times.