Albarca is a small town dependant of Cornudella de Montsant since the end of 1846. Historically it was part of the Prades County and was an independent municipality until the mid-nineteenth century.
Albarca means in Arab “holly mountain.” Albarca is the name given to the Montsant mountain before the Christian reconquest in the mid-twelfth century. The name comes, probably due to the amount of hermits that the Arabs found in this mountain area.
Today, still maintains about twenty houses, the church with a romanesque apse and medieval tombs. It is known as the smallest town in Catalonia and for being the gateway to the mountains of Montsant.