We suggest a visit to the Bellmunt Mines of Priorat. At its peak, the pit, from which galena was extracted to make lead, had 14 kilometres of galleries and a depth of 620 metres; it was in operation until 1972. Today you can visit only a small part of it, but it’s one of the most interesting, with 700 metres of gallery about 35 metres underground.
Before you go into the gallery, take a look at the houses that the mining company built for its workers, many of who came from elsewhere. One modernista building in particular is worth seeing – the House of the Mines, which was constructed in 1905 and was, perhaps unsurprisingly, used as the managers’ residence. You should also visit the Mines Museum, to get to know the history of the mine and its settlement. The guided tour will take you underground – helmet included – via the staircases that once acted as the emergency exit. You will see the rich variety of minerals of the subsoil and get to know the working techniques employed, as well as some ‘characters’ who are still working in the gallery unperturbed by the passing of time.
Next you can head to the capital of the region, Falset. If your visit happens to coincide with the second Saturday of the month you can go on a dramatised visit of the town’s Jewish Quarter, in the company of Blanca, and when it’s over, stay for a Sephardi dinner at the restaurant El Cairat de Falset. If it's not the second Saturday of the month, go for a stroll and discover Falset at your own pace.