The Parc Natural de la Serra de Monsant is an outstanding rock formation, the result of a process of a erosion caused by a river flowing past and to the sea in prehistoric times. A heaven for climbers and hikers it is reached from Tarragona in less than an hour drive to La Morena del Monsant from which the exhilarating ascent begins.
Even from the bottom one has to gasp at the share spectacle of boulders and bare rock looking like a gigantic set of molars rising into the sky. There are many paths sneaking to the top ranging from relatively easy to the adrenaline fuelled type. We choose the second option where a steep ascent soon reached the edge of a precipice where the narrow was flanked by iron cables to hold on to. We crawled through crevices, up iron studs to the next level, clinging on to wall and cables until we stopped at a wider natural platform overlooking one of the most breathtaking views of the whole of Catalonia.
Cut and bruised we were not there yet as it took another thirty minutes to reach the the top. There a desolate landscape, like an inner desert of interlocking hills took us to the highest point. It felt like no-man’s-land, a whispering place with almost no reference point and in the distance, the white jagged line of the snow capped Pyrenees. We had made it on the top of the Serra de Monsant, we had arrived.