Prenafeta - Castle -Tossal Gros

PRENAFETA-CASTLE-TOSSAL GROS Distance: 6,4 km Duration: 2 hours Difficulty: Low-middle. In some places there are slight slopes. Beginning of the route: Prenafeta What you can see: he old village of Prenafeta, the remains of the castle and the 'Tossal Gros'of Miramar. Views of Conca de Barberà and the surrounding mountains.

 

Description of the route

When you are in Prenafeta you will see a sign, just outside the church, which indicates the way to the castle.

You can leave your car at a place at the end of the street, there the route starts on foot. You will often find GR signs or other routes (cister route). You have to turn right when you find the first deviation, following the red triangle. As you go up the mountain, you will see the signs (wooden arrows) which indicate the way to the castle. Then you will arrive at a wider path and you go direction the mountain range of Miramar, now with the GR.

The path will take you to a bifurcation, you have to take the indication, because the GR goes directly to the 'Tossal Gros', a place where you will go later on.

A few metres up you will find the first halt, there you can see the remains of the old village of Prenafeta. You have to go out of the path if you want to see all the remains, but then you have to take the way to the castle again. You can observe that unlike the new Prenafeta, this old village has a urban structure. It is said that the new nucleus in the past worked for people who did not live in the village, so they lived in huts instead of houses.

A little farther you will arrive at the church, there you will see another sign. Following this sign you will arrive at a wider path, you have to go on up this to the second halt, the castle.

You will see 'Sant Salvador' fountain, on the left. Then you will see a sign which you have to take. This takes you directly to the castle.

From the summit there is a magnificent/splendid view of the region. You can see the villages of: Espluga, Vimbodí, La Guàrdia, Pira, Solivella, Fores, Barberà, Sarral and Rocafort among others. You can also see (if it is a clear day) the surrounding mountain ranges, with Montserrat, The Pyrenées and others.

You have to return taking the same path that has taken you to the castle (as far as the fountain). You have to be careful because it is a path with a lot of vegetation and it is easy to get lost.

You have to take the wide path which you have left before and you will soon arrive at a small esplanade, it is called 'el coll de Coloma'. You have to go right into a very small path almost hidden by the vegetation, but which will take you to the upper part of 'tossal Gros'. When you arrive up there you will find a small notebook where you can write your thoughts or opinions as a regard of your visit.

Then you can return following the signs direction to 'coll de Prenafeta'. When you arrive there you have to go on, direction Prenafeta. You don't have to be afraid of getting lost because there are a lot of signs which indicate the way back. When you arrive at a small bifurcation you have to turn left (red triangle) and go straight on as far as the place you have started the route.

REMEMBER

to respect the environment, the animals and the vegetation, because the area has a great ecological interest and for the landscape.

You must not throw any rubbish.

You cannot camp and you cannot make a fire.

The property of the soil is public and private, but the maintenance of this patrimony is a responsibility of everybody.

Recommendations:

You have to go well-equipped, with sport shoes, warm clothing if it is winter and abundant water if it is summer.

 

COMPLEMENTARY INFORMATION

On a rocky summit there is some kind of stone arch, these are the remains of an old castle, which people call la 'Torre del Moro'.

At the bottom of Torre del Moro the old Prenafeta is situated. The remains date back to the year 980, and there are still walls of the houses, the layout of the main street and remains of the old Romanesque church.

El 'Tossal Gross de Miramar' is a different relief between the rivers Francolí and Gaià. The countryside of this place is an important sample of the communities of evergreen oaks in the region as well as a great variety of different species which we have to preserve. The great variety of fauna, and other ecological and landscaping values justify its inclusion in the PEIN (Spaces of Natural Interest Plan).

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