The Llena Mountain Range - The Mountains of Prades

Belonging to the Protected Natural Area of the Prades Mountains, this mountain range delimits the river basins of the Set, Montsant and Francolí rivers

The Llena mountain range is a steep alignment forming part of the Prelitoral Catalan mountain range, which goes from northeast to southwest, and delimits the Ebro basins of the Set (Garrigues) and Montsant rivers (Priorat) and the Mediterranean basin of the Francolí river (Conca de Barberà). This mountain range belongs to the protected natural area of the Prades mountains, which includes little over 22,000 hectares, 577 of which belong to La Pobla de Cérvoles and 142, to Vilosell.

The Llena mountain range is located in the municipalities of Vilanova de Prades (Conca de Barberà), Pobla de Cérvoles and Vilosell (Garrigues).



    The ridge of the Llena mountain range has the highest elevation to the east: Punta de Curull, also known as Tossa de Quico, is the highest point of the Llena range and the regional ceiling of Les Garrigues, at 1,021.9 m. Other peaks of this mountain range include Penya Alta (1,015 m), Punta del General (924 m) and Punta de Viern (904 m).

    Distributed throughout the ubac there are several shallow ravines, the only one that flows with water all year round is that of Sant Miquel, which is the source of the river Set.

    The hermitage of Sant Miquel de la Tosca is located to the south-west of Vilosell, at the end of La Pobla de Cérvoles, nestled at the foot of the Llena mountain range, in a in a beautiful lush and shady place, at just over 700 meters in altitude. The hermitage and its grounds are located at the headwaters of the river Set, which is born of 7 sources that spring from the mountain.


    Although this mountain range comes into contact with the mountains of Prades through the Natural Park Bosc de Poblet , in terms of vegetation and geology, it shares more in common with Montsant, which is separated by a river of the same name. To begin with, the north-south arrangement: the northern slopes of both ranges have a lighter and richer vegetation, formed of holm oaks, scot's pines, white pines and the odd Valencian oak; it is in a humid ubac with rich, deep soils. On the other hand, the southern slopes have a more impoverished vegetation, pine forests of thin white pine and calcic weeds, conditioned by their sunny situation and the influence of other types of winds. In addition, these slopes of the south are formed by important scarps: Punta del Curull, Coll de l'Abellar, Penya Alta and all the scarps of the Llena would be equivalent to the Major del Montsant mountain range. They have the same cliffs made of limestone conglomerate rock, alternated with layers of marl, sandstone and shale.


    The wildlife inhabiting the Llena mountain range is typical of Mediterranean forest environments, although due to its physiographic characteristics it has experienced an overlapping of Pyrenean Central European wildlife with that of North African origin.

    The communities of predators are well established and quite abundant: beech martens, genets, badgers, foxes, etc. Among the typical mammals of the forests, the small shrew is noteworthy, as an isolated element of the European populations and as an example of a broken distribution area due to the retreat of the glaciations.

    The cave dwelling fauna of the karst cavities, which are rich in endemic species, are very interesting in terms of their wildlife and biogeography with very ancient species that have taken refuge in the hypogeal domain and, in many cases, do not have close epigeal relatives. It is also a wintering area for the cave bat, with high density populations.

    Due to their diversity and uniqueness, it is worth mentioning several groups of invertebrates: Coleoptera, myriapods, molluscs, Lepidoptera and Heteroptera. There are many rare or endemic species that take refuge in these mountains.


    Birds from cold climates have in the Llena mountain range an auspicious wintering place: the wren, the dunnock, the alpine accentor, the ring ouzel, the siskin, etc. Thus, it is an important area of nesting, where Mediterranean and other northern species meet on one of its southern boundaries, such as the blue nuthatch. On the other hand, there are also mountain birds associated with the conifer, such as the red crossbill. In the rocky areas with less vegetation the black wheatear can be found.


    From the villages of Vilosell and La Pobla de Cérvoles, there are several signposted routes that cross the landscapes and corners of the Llena mountain range and nearby areas. Some routes follow trails that climb progressively up to the ridge of the mountain, from where you can easily access various peaks.

    Punta del Curull is noteworthy because it is an excellent watchtower where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Lleida plain, Conca de Barberà, the pre-Pyrenean mountain ranges and the Pyrenees and much of the southern half of the Catalan Pre-coastal mountain range, in particular, the mountains of Prades, Montsant, Llaberia and Tivissa, among others. On a clear day, you can also make out the mountain of Montserrat.

    Another means of access to the site are from the hermitage of Sant Miquel de la Tosca.  To get there by car, from El Vilosell, follow the LP-7013 road towards La Pobla de Cérvoles. At a sharp bend, after 1.3 km, you'll find a dirt road that takes you to this beautiful place (total distance of 3.4 km).

    You can also get there by foot, following a signposted route that starts off from Plaça de Sant Sebastià and passes through Crucifici. On arriving at a pond and Crucifici fountain, you must follow a path that goes into the forest, at the foot of the Llena mountain range, until you reach the hermitage of Sant Miquel de la Tosca then you must climb a path (total distance 3.7 km in total).




    You can visit the Les Garrigues tourism website and consult more routes in the Les Garrigues region.


    In the news section you will find a description of the route discovered by the programme Espai Terra, TV3, on the Natural Area of the Llena Mountain Range.



    CP-Cal Pastor   (PL-000432)
    CPC   C. de les Roques, 7
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 124 / (+34) 659 659 578
    Country house - Shared village house

    AR-La Casona   (PL-000446)
    CPI       C. de les Roques, 16
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 124 / (+34) 659 659 578
    Country house - Independent village house

    Cal Gort Country School
    Major, 41
    25471 La Pobla de Cérvoles
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 132
    Youth camp

    Restaurant La Llena
    Av. de les Garrigues, 6
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 117 


    Hotel Ca la Fineta*  (HL-000828)
    Pl. Sant Sebastià, 11
    Tel. (+34) 973 143 208 / (+34) 629 766 991

    AR-Cal Butifarra    (PL-000405)
    CPI       Pl. de l'Ajuntament, 1 
    Tel. (+34) 973 175 617
    Rural accommodation - Independent village house

    AR-El Maset del Vilosell  (PL-000724)
    MV     Camí Fumarada, s/n
    Tel. (+34) 607 456 745
    Rural accommodation - Masoveria ranger's cottage

    Casa Rural Cal Jaume el Sastre  (HUTL-000001)
    Espai Rural els Gorgs
    C. de la Botera, 9
    Tel. (+34) 600 404 991

    Restaurant Centre
    Pl. de Sant Sebastià, 1
    Tel. (+34) 973 050 054


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Taller d'iniciació a la construcció en pedra seca

Participa en les jornades del Vilosell per aprendre teoria i pràctica sobre la construcció d'un mur de pedra a dos cares amb la tècnica de pedra en sec de la mà d'autèntics especialistes.