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El Lloar

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LOCATION:

El Lloar is in the west of the region, on the right side of the river Montsant that forms its easterly limit. The municipality is small but with a rugged terrain, in which the cliff of la Roca stands out, where deep gullies are born and fall steeply to the river Montsant. Like the neighbouring village of Gratallops, the village of El Lloar has a characteristic silhouette that is cut on the back of a ridge; it seems that the two could use hand signals to communicate visually. Located to the west of the DOQ Priorat, its area extends between the cliffs of the mountains from the west to the Montsant river to the east.

HISTORY:

There are several versions about the name of the town. Some say that it comes from llobar, meaning 'land of the wolves', a theory based on the abundance of these animals that existed in these lands; others say that the name could come from praise, 'praise or adoration', and others that say it comes from slab or llosera, taking into account the composition of most of the land in the municipality.

FESTIVALS AND CUSTOMS:

El Lloar celebrates the Summer Festival the first weekend of August, in honour of St. Domènech. In September, St. Michael’s day is celebrated. This festival coincides with the harvest

PLACES OF INTEREST:

The parish church, dedicated to Saint Michael of Archangel, was built in the 17th century out of masonry and stone. In the centre of the village, in the Carrer de Sant Miquel, there is a natural balcony, called Mirador del Priorat, from where you can contemplate a magnificent view of the river at the bottom of the valley. It should be noted, one and a half kilometres from the village, there is a series of caves called the Caves of Rogerals, very close to the Nas d’en Quiuma, a huge rock of great geological interest, and also the Font of Minfami, of Moorish origin.