Road trip guide: Conquering Montagut

El Montagut is a mountain peak at an elevation of 948m (3,110ft) above the sea level, located in Tarragona province, in northeastern Spain’s Catalonia region.


Set high in the Serra del Montmell range, within the Ancosa-Montagut Area of Natural Interest, the road to the summit is mostly paved. Starting at Querol, the road is 5.4 km (3.35 miles) long. The first 4.4km are paved and the remaining km is unpaved. A 4x4 vehicle is required to complete the drive.

Tucked away in the comarca of Alt Camp, the road is extremely steep, hitting a 13% of maximum gradient through some of the ramps. The elevation gain is 405 meters. The average gradient is 7.5%. The summit hosts a collapsed castle built in 990 and a lookout tower. Near the summit is Esglesia de Sant Jaume de Montagut, an old chapel, with a brutal steep section.