If you are planning a trip to the region of La Noguera, in Lleida, we, as experts in the area, recommend that you do not miss the Castle of Montmagastre, located in the municipality of Artesa de Segre.
Undoubtedly, if you take our word for it, this is a place you can’t forget to add to your list. And we’re not just talking about a building that has been declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest. So, grab your backpacks and some trainers, and get going! This beautiful place is waiting for you.
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What you should know about the Montmagastre Castle
To begin with, we would like to point out that this is an ideal place for hiking, as it is located on the top of a mountain, of course. In this way, you can also take advantage of the excursion to get to know the area and its secrets in depth.
It is the perfect excursion to do a bit of sport, disconnect from routine, and connect with the land and your loved ones. It may sound like the words of dreamers, but we assure you that you will feel the same once you are there.
Having said that, let’s introduce you to the history of the beautiful Montmagastre Castle: it was built in the 10th century by the Muslims, and at that time it served as a fortress; it wasn’t until the Reconquest that the fortress fell into Christian hands (11th century). When this happened, the Muslims destroyed the castle, as they had a peace pact with the Christians, and the latter broke it.
Thanks to Count Ramon Borrell I of Barcelona, between 1015 and 1016, the fortress was recovered and put to use again.
Nowadays it can be a little difficult to imagine what it once was, since only the remains of some walls are left, but we repeat that it is a visit that is worthwhile, as it allows you to imagine what life was like many years ago. In addition, you will take away a little bit of history of our land.
How to get to Montmagastre Castle?
Where to sleep near Montmagastre Castle?
A little more than 20 minutes by car from Montmagastre Castle you will find the ideal place to spend the night with your loved ones, both friends and family. Right in the heart of the Barony of Rialb we have the Casa dels Peixos, a rural house that can accommodate up to 16 people. If the castle of Montmagastre has left you speechless, we are convinced that what you have yet to discover in the Barony of Rialb will also leave you amazed.
La Casa dels Peixos has two floors of 200m2: on the first floor there is the entrance hall, two spacious bedrooms with their own private bathroom, and a games room that will be one of the main attractions of the house. On the first floor you will find the remaining six bedrooms (also with their own bathroom), the kitchen, and the dining room. This last room has direct access to the outside of the house, which is fenced to provide security and privacy. In the garden there is a swimming pool, a private lake (where fishing is allowed), a barbecue, and plenty of space to park cars and other outdoor activities.
Other places of interest in the area
As we always say, you have to take advantage of every opportunity, so if you have come to the Castle of Montmagastre, it would make no sense to miss the Church of Sant Miquel. Today, when you go on this excursion, you will see that little more remains of the castle than the walls, while the church, although also in a state of ruin, preserves more structures. It is an 11th century construction, although it was modified several times throughout the 17th century, and it is even believed that materials from the castle itself were used, which is the subject of this article.