Claramunt Castle (La Pobla de Claramunt)

What you will find

 
Claramunt Castle stands on a hill overlooking the Òdena basin. Its history, marked by wars, is a series of destructions and reconstructions, but despite everything its structure and impressive appearance as a fortress have been conserved until today. Founded in the second half of the 10th centur...

Claramunt Castle stands on a hill overlooking the Òdena basin. Its history, marked by wars, is a series of destructions and reconstructions, but despite everything its structure and impressive appearance as a fortress have been conserved until today.

Founded in the second half of the 10th century, it was one of a dense network of castles that marked the boundary between the County of Barcelona and Al-Andalus, designed to protect and organise the territory.

The castle was entrusted to the house of Claramunt, who held it in their domain until the 11th century. Later it came into the possession of the House of Cardona, who made it the administrative centre of the rule of the Cardona-Medinaceli over the lands of the Òdena basin, except for Igualada. With other nearby castles Claramunt remained under the jurisdiction of the lineage until it died out.

Witness to countless wars, the fortress has been demolished and rebuilt on several occasions since 1463 when, in the war between Joan II and the General Council, it was badly damaged for the first time. After the war, Joan Ramon Folc III de Cardona ordered the rebuilding of the castle, and work continued until the 16th century. But in 1714, after the War of the Spanish Succession, it was partly pulled down and was never again inhabited.

The fortress conserves the classic structure of a 12th century castle, divided into two precincts separating the residential part, with the hall and the keep, from the lower precinct, where the maintenance services were housed. Today it looks like a great courtyard surrounded by walls.

Information for visits

Address

Camí del Castell
08787 La Pobla de Claramunt (Anoia)
Tel.: 938297769 - 670225516 (castle) - 938086075 (Town Hall)
e-mail: claramunt.cultura@gencat.cat

Admission charges

Standard: €3,50
Concession: €2,50

Entitled to concessionary admission charge:

  • People aged 65 and over
  • Pensioners
  • Carnet Jove holders.
  • International Student identity Card holders.
  • Large or single-parent family book holders.
  • Groups of ten or more people who are not tourists. If any of the persons entitled to free admission continues to enjoy this rate.

Entitled to free admission:

  • Children aged under 16.
  • Unemployed people upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • Acredited members of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments).
  • Accredited members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya
  • Accredited professional tourist guides upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • Teachers who work in education centres that provide government-regulated education, accredited by the head of their education centre.
  • Accredited members of the press visiting in the course of their duties who have provided prior notification of their visit in writing.
  • Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying them will also benefit from a free admission rate if the disables status certificate states that the disabled person requires a companion.
  • Foster families upon presentation of proof of their status.
  • School parties (pupils in the general education system and special education with teaching staff), with a prior booking.

Special cases:

  • Free admission on the last Wednesday of every month between 1 October and 30 June
  • Groups that book the ticket through a tourism-related agency, operator or similar company will benefit from 25% reduction on the applicable admission rate. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be given free admission.
Opening times

NOTE: These times are now the ones in use. Please ignore any others published earlier on this or any other website or in informative leaflets and triptychs.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays

  • From October to 31 April: from 09.30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m to 5 p.m.
  • From 1 Mat to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
Access to the castle is to walk (25 min duration approx.)

Guided tours and group visits

Guided tours
For more information call on tel. 670225516, from Wednesday to Sunday, or the Town Council during office hours, tels. 938086075 or 938086442.

Group visits
To arrange group visits and for information tels.: 670225516 / 938086075 / 938086442 or e-mail: claramunt.cultura@gencat.cat
Length of the visit: one hour

Accessibility

The facilities are partially equipped for people with disabilities and the blind.
If any person with impaired mobility wishes to visit the fortified site, a key can be requested to open the vehicle access chain across the route up to Claramunt Castle. This request must be sent in writing to the Town Council (claramunt@diba.cat) and a confirmation reply awaited.

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