Colldejou

Colldejou

Colldejou is located in the mountainous area of Baix Camp, on the border with El Priorat, between the mountains of Colldejou and Llaberia. The molar is a reference point for hikers and what remains from a fort from the Carlist wars. The village was part of the barony of Escornalbou, an important political and social centre in the medieval age. Colldejou covers 14.10 km2 and by the side of the Camp, it borders with L'Argentera to the north, Vilanova d’Escornalbou to the east, Pratdip to the south and Mont-Roig del Camp to the south west. In the border area of El Priorat, Colldejou neighbours the Torre de Fontaubella to the north, Marçà and Capçanes to the west, Pradell de la Teixeta to the north-west. To the south-west it borders Tivissa in the La Ribera d'Ebre region.

The town sits on the southern side of the mountain Colldejou of 914m above sea level. It is surrounded by peaks, such as 713m Perdigotes, or Jau (629m) – this means that the village has some rough terrain and is not arable.

 

History

Colldejou The town's name is, according to Eduard Toda, of Roman origin, and according to Morera, Arabic. The most accepted origin is that it refers to a description of the relief that recalls the curved shape of a yoke. Colldejou had been and is a mainly agricultural town. Nowadays it has lost the coal and gypsum industries.
The population is already mentioned in a Bull of Anastasi IV, in 1154. In 1197, Albert de Castellvell gave the town to the convent of Escornalbou. The village, like most of the villages in Camp de Tarragona, was part of the Commune's Camp, at least from 1586 until 1669. The eighteenth century was economically prosperous and the population grew from 77 people in 1719 to 254 in 1787. In the nineteenth century, it witnessed the Carlist struggle, and there are still the remains of a fort built near the mill. In the mid-nineteenth century, the town was growing wheat, barley, vegetables, wine, potatoes, keeping sheep, goats and bees, and it also produced brandy.

 

Places to visit

The church

Its architecture highlights the church of Sant Llorenç, completed in 1864.

Colldejou Mola

Colldejou is nature at its most beautiful: the mountain of Colldejou Mola, which is 914 m above sea level it is not only the hallmark of the town, but a haven for hikers and nature lovers. In fact, the Molar, the hills of Tivissa-Vandellos , the White Mountain, Montalt, Llaberia and the Cardó massif, form a biodiversity corridor connecting the Els Ports mountains and the mountains of Prades. At the top of the molar, which is flat and elongated, and from far away looks like a huge tooth, you can find peace and silence that characterise high spots on mountains. From there is an idyllic view over the Camp de Tarragona.

WHAT MORE TO VISIT

We suggest other interesting places to discover in this area

Colldejou Mola (Mountain)

Colldejou

Llaberia's ridge

Colldejou

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