The Montsant is a symbol for the Priorat and Tarragona area. It is not the highest mountain nor the most extensive, however, the power of its orography is unquestionable. This is a massif with most of its perimeter walled in by summits and rocks of Oligocene conglomerates, and all villages are located at its foot.
The spiritual relationship that humans have had with the Montsant for centuries has been granted a special status. The founding of the first monastery of the Iberian Peninsula, Scala Dei, an intense eremitical tradition that has lasted to the present, are proof of the deep symbolic value of the mountain. The year 2002 was declared a Natural Park by the Generalitat of Catalonia.