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Cal Llop

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Cal Llop

Gratallops, the wine capital of Priorat, is a small mountain village with a population of 250. Gratallops received city privileges in the year 1258 but has been inhabited for much longer. Its name in Catalan means "the place where wolves scratch", but no one remembers why. Cal Llop is one of the two hotels in Gratallops, and the most charming. A true boutique hotel seemingly in the middle of nowhere, each of Cal Llop's ten rooms is decorated differently. The hotel reminds one of a slightly rowdy bohemian oasis in which a centuries-old patina melds with spots of contemporary colour. The owner, Cristina Jiménez, notifies guests that it is best to arrive either in the morning or after six in the evening, because the middle of the day is siesta. Cal Llop is located on a pocket-shaped plot at the end of a steep stone street in the very centre of the village. All around are only mountains and cliffs strewn with vines. It's a harsh yet majestic beauty that immediately pulls the visitor into a different rhythm of life. The hotel building was originally built in the 13th century and rebuilt in the 18th century. A small restaurant -- one of the very few in the village -- is now situated in the former horse barn. Jiménez's dog sleeps sprawled out in front of it and pretends to guard the property.

Jiménez herself is from Casablanca. She later lived in Madrid and ended up in Gratallops on account of being a passionate lover of wine. She laughs that mostly two types of tourists come to the sleepy little village: mountain climbers and wine connoisseurs.

Carrer de dalt, 21
Gratallops
www.cal-llop.com

09/2013

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