Discover Prades and its mountain beauty  

Located in the Baix Camp region, in the province of Tarragona, Prades is a mountain village with a population of just over 1,000 inhabitants. This municipality is only an hour away from Reus and can be reached using a very characteristic mountain road that allows you to see breath taking views as you go up in altitude, including the sea of the Costa Dorada. Prades is surrounded by natural scenery and is known for its historical and architectural heritage, as well as its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.  

If you want to disconnect from the urban core of other bigger cities like Barcelona, Tarragona, Reus, Cambrils or Salou, you can do it easily with Shuttle2Sun. Don’t miss Prades and make a quick visit and discover a calm environment connected with nature. Below, we detail everything you need to consider completing your visit. 

History and heritage of Prades  

The origins of Prades dates to Roman times, when a small farming village was established. During the Middle Ages, the village became an important trading and craft centre thanks to its strategic location in the Baix Camp region. During the 14th and 15th centuries, it experienced a great economic boom thanks to the production and trade of wool and silk, which allowed the construction of important buildings such as the church of Santa Maria.  

During the War of Independence, Prades was an important centre of resistance against the French troops. In the 19th century, the town suffered an economic and demographic decline due to the emigration of many of its inhabitants to America. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the village became a tourist destination thanks to its natural beauty and cultural heritage and received many visitors from other towns such as Tarragona, Reus and even Barcelona.  

Emblematic buildings  

The historical and architectural heritage of Prades is one of its main attractions. The old quarter has been declared a Historic-Artistic Site and has numerous stone buildings, cobbled streets and picturesque squares that invite you to stroll around and discover every hidden corner.  

One of the most emblematic monuments in Prades is the Church of Santa Maria, which dates to the 15th century. This Gothic-style church has an impressive façade and an interior full of details, such as a Baroque altarpiece and an image of the Virgin of the Rock.  

Conoce Prades

Another important and interesting building is the Town Hall, located in the Plaça Major, the heart of the town. This 16th-century Renaissance building has a beautiful inner courtyard and a façade with Gothic and Baroque details. In this square you will also find the Casa dels Dolors and other establishments ideal for having a drink on one of its terraces or simply strolling around the surrounding area.  

Prades also has several modernist buildings that have been restored and preserved for the enjoyment of visitors. One of them is Casa Guasch, a modernist-style house built at the beginning of the 20th century.  

Nature in Prades  

Prades is an ideal destination for those looking to enjoy nature and active tourism in the province of Tarragona. The surroundings of the village offer numerous hiking trails, excursions and nature parks that allow you to explore the mountainous landscape and enjoy the panoramic views.  

One of the most popular routes in Prades is the Route of the 8 Villages, which runs through the most charming mountain villages in the Baix Camp region. Prades is one of the eight villages and the other 7 are Capafonts, Albarca, Cornudella de Montsant, Mont-ral, Vilanova de Prades, La Febró and l’Albiol. This route allows you to discover the rich heritage and natural wealth of the area, as well as to enjoy the beautiful landscapes and the tranquillity of the mountain villages.  

Another popular hiking route in Prades is the Brugent Route, which follows the course of the river and allows you to discover some of the most beautiful waterfalls and natural pools in the region. You’ll be able to cool off in its crystal-clear waters, so it’s ideal for those looking to enjoy nature.  

It is also possible to visit the Pico de la Mola, at an altitude of 1,100 metres. From its summit you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding landscape. Another option is to go mountain biking, as the area has numerous trails and forest tracks.  

Festivals and events Throughout the year  

Prades hosts a series of festivals and events that attract tourists from all over the province. One of the most important events is the Feria de la Candelera, which is held in February and attracts thousands of visitors. During the fair, you can enjoy activities such as the Art and Crafts Fair, the Cake Competition and the exhibition of candles, candles and lanterns.  

Also popular is the Festa Major de Sant Miquel, which is held in September and is one of the oldest celebrations in the municipality, with numerous activities such as concerts, processions, popular dances, horse races and children’s activities. The highlight of the festival is the traditional “Ball del Ciri”, a dance in which the dancers carry lighted candles.  

Now that you know the necessary information to discover Prades in all its splendour, travel with Shuttle2Sun to discover this incredible town. Don’t forget that we can provide transfers on demand from Barcelona airport, Barcelona port, Girona airport, Reus airport and Camp de Tarragona AVE train station 

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