Gabriel on Covallonga
In Barcelona we picked up our rental car from Pepecar and drove to Reus, where we shopped at the Carrefours, a combination Walmart/ Target/mega-grocery store. We found everything we needed here, from Vinaigre de Modena (excellent vinegar), sweetened condensed milk in easy squeeze plastic tubes, to fuel canisters for our Bluet stove. However, they do not carry fuel for other stoves, such as Coleman or REI stoves and white gas is very hard to obtain.
From Reus we headed uphill to La Mussara with its wonderful Refugi where you can either erect a tent in the meadow below the Refugi, in the shade of the pine trees or sleep inside in dormitory style beds. The very helpful and friendly guardians sell guidebooks, chalk, and have up to date route information.
Costs for camping were:
Tent: Euro 3.80 per person per night
Meals: 4.50 – 5.50 each
Showers: 1.80 per shower
Tristan eating breakfast at Refugi
If it’s hot elsewhere in Spain, La Mussara at 1,000 m altitude on a bluff overlooking the Mediterranean stays cool due to sea breezes and frequent fog that rolls in off the ocean. In fact, we often wore our down jackets, hats and gloves during dinner. On days off, we enjoyed running or hiking on the many nearby trails or a quick trip down to Reus for shopping.
We were within an hour’s drive of six other climbing areas, including the famous Siurana and Montsant, as well as lesser known Arboli, El Falco, Margalefs, Mont-Ral and Prades. La Mussara alone offered hundreds of climbs on perfect limestone.