Land of castles
The starting point for those with a keen interest in mediaeval buildings has to be Claramunt Castle. Standing at the top of a hill, this 10th-century castle formed part of the network of castles that marked the boundary line between the Catalan counties and Al-Andalus. The castle's two walled enclosures are especially interesting and it offers some amazing panoramic views. What's more, there's a great fun trail to surprise children as they climb up to the castle.
Calaf Castle, built a century later, was also a strategic point around which the town of Calaf grew, famous today for its wonderful weekly market. The fortification has a polygonal floor plan, with five sides and rounded corners. Guided tours are offered on the first Saturday of each month.
Meanwhile, Montbui Castle in Santa Margarida de Montbui is another must-see attraction. This Romanesque complex was built at the end of the Miralles-Queralt mountain range to ensure a commanding view of the Òdena Basin. The views from the vantage point known as Salt de la Donzella (Maiden's Leap) are exceptional!
Tous Castle dates from the same period. It's a fortified manor house with a great quadrangular crenellated tower that has been preserved intact. Located in Sant Martí de Tous, it's now privately owned but tours are arranged a couple of times per month.
In Sant Pere Sallavinera, the impressive Boixadors Castle enjoys a commanding view of the Calaf high plateau. Witness to many a battle, its history is captivating! If you visit, ask to hear some of the fascinating stories about the different families who have served as lords of the castle since the 11th century, and don't miss the pretty Chapel of Sant Pere.
Stone villages, astronomical observatories, ancient markets... Anoia has a jaw-dropping number of tourist attractions!