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El Fonoll is located in the scenic region of the Corb River valley in central Catalonia. It is surrounded by historic mediaeval villages, with many important sites worth visiting. Here is just a selection.

2: Guimerà

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The mediaeval walled village of Guimerà lies just 7 km north-west from El Fonoll, and can be reached by a pleasant walk over the hill. It has a museum and a ruined hilltop castle with a watchtower open to the public. Every August it is the setting for an important Mediaeval Festival.

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3: Vallfogona

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Vallfogona de Riucorb village is situated on the main road 6 km north-east of El Fonoll. 2 km further east is the 19th-century spa resort (Balneari) of Vallfogona, built around the Corb River and mineral-medicinal springs.

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4: Conesa

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The mediaeval walled village of Conesa is easily reached by a 6 km walk or drive from El Fonoll.

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5: Forès

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This is the hilltop village that you see at the southern end of the El Fonoll valley. It is easily reached by a pleasant 5 km walk. It contains a castle, and a viewpoint with panoramic views over the Conca de Barberà basin.

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6: Vallbona de les Monges

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This little village, 20 km to the west, contains one of Catalonia's monasteries, a big 12th-century convent complex.

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7: Ciutadilla

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The mediaeval village of Ciutadilla is 12 km to the west, and is dominated by its hilltop castle, open to the public.

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8:Verdú

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Verdú, 16 km to the north-west, has been famous since the middle ages for its black pottery. It is home to a "gastro-gallery", where you can browse the dishes as you browse the paintings of Joan Miró, and its castle is open to guided tours.

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9: Tàrrega

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Tàrrega town, 20 km to the north-west, is the capital of the Urgell region. It hosts an open-air market every Monday, a renowned Street Theatre Festival every September, and has a big park and open-air museum with views to the Pyrenees.

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10: Cervera

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Cervera, 20 km to the north, is the capital of the Segarra region. It is a former university town, and its dense mediaeval walled centre contains many historic sites. It has an open-air market every Friday morning.

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11: Santa Coloma de Queralt

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The town of Santa Coloma de Queralt lies 19 km to the east. Its mediaeval walled centre contains many historic sites.

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12: Santes Creus

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At 39 km to the south-east, Santes Creus is the furthest-away of our selection, but as one of Catalonia's most historic monastic complexes it is worth a visit.

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13: Montblanc

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Montblanc town is the capital of the Conca de Barberà region, and 25 km south of El Fonoll. Its mediaeval walls are well preserved and there are many other historic sites. A week-long mediaeval festival takes place at the end of April each year.

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14: Poblet

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Poblet monastery lies 36 km to the south-west. This is the most famous of all Catalonia's historic monasteries, and a UNESCO World Heritage site, containing the tombs of some of the Catalan kings over three centuries.

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