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When To Plan Your Trip?

 

The Priorat is a great place to visit all year round, however as an agricultural region the landscape is ever changing and the starkly contrasting seasonal weather conditions will also have a bearing on the timing of your trip.  It is a very dry region with limited annual rainfall (around 400 litres peryear), intense heat in the summer and cold winters with some snowfall, mainly in January and February.

 

 

WINTER  December/January/February

Generally winter is cold, but there are days of radiant sunshine and beautifully clear views of the mountains.  There is also often snow, which generally doesn’t last more than three days and temperatures which range between 2ºC and 10ºC. Late January and February are great times to go hiking and see the almond and later on peach tree blossoms.  The weekend closest to the 17 January celebrates ‘l'Encamisada de Falset’, where local people dress in traditional costumes to commemorate this historically important day.

 

SPRING March/April/May

A very good time to visit the Priorat. Late April is a good time to see the wildflowers and the vines start showing signs of life again. It's also the time of the annual wine fair (FIRA DEL VI) in Falset, which takes place on the first weekend in May and also the trout festival (Festa de la Truita amb Suc - a typical Priorat dish) in Ulldemolins. Temperatures are already starting to rise to around 20ºC on sunny days. Nights are still rather cool and you should take a jacket if venturing out.

 

 

 

SUMMER July/August/September

Summer is when most of the major festivals take place for the local people.The weather is hot and in August many people spend a lot of time in the outdoor village swimming pools.  Late August and early September is when the wine harvest starts in many villages and lasts until mid-November.  The weekend closest to the 15th September is when we celebrate harvest festival in Poboleda.

 

AUTUMN October/November/December

The wine harvest continues throughout the region and the flies slowly get drunk! Just as the wine harvest finishes, the olive harvest begins. The vines start to change colour and slowly lose their leaves. It starts to get cold and at night temperatures can fall below zero.