Os de Balaguer Castle (9th century):
Restored at the top of the hill, it houses the Museu de les Campanes and the Cova dels Vilars, which has cave paintings and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It can be reached on foot by following the signposted path (tel. 639 772 265 – www.lleidaitu.com).
Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes Monastery
The finest part is the Gothic church (14th century). A Romanesque cloister (12th century) constitutes the oldest part. Today the former seminar has become a guest house. It also houses the Centre BTT Montsec – la Noguera, a mountain bike centre (tel. 973 438 006 – www.monestirdelesavellanes.com).
Vilanova de la Sal salt mines:
They may have been mined since prehistory. Romans worked them and in medieval times, with the Counts of Urgell, they began to be mined intensively around 1000 AD. Their production could vary between 60 and 100 tons of salt until the 1970s, but they stopped being profitable around the 1980s and they were closed. Guided tours are available: tel. 973 454 004 or www.escalfo.cat).
Canelles dam and reservoir:
It is the largest reservoir in the Noguera Ribagorçana basin and it has the highest damn in the country (152 m). It is possible to go on a guided tour at the Centre d'Interpretació de l'Energia and at the Cova Negra (tel. 669 757 639 – www.osaventura.com).
Centre de Dinamització de Tartareu:
It gathers a palaeontology exhibition with dinosaur remains and fossils from the Montsec area and a Romanesque exhibition (tel. 973 454 206 or 973 454 004 – www.ccnoguera.cat/avellanes).
Panoramic views of the Montsec range and the Àger valley, where you can go hiking along the ten signposted paths. From this point you will link up with the ancient Roman road.
It offers a guided tour around the old town and Sant Pere Collegiate Church (1060-1094), a basilica temple with three naves. It is a Romanesque transitional building which was built by a knight called Arnau Mir de Tost upon the ruins of the ancient Roman castle (tel. 973 455 004 – www.ager.cat).
Centre d’Observació de l’Univers (COU):
It brings visitors closer to astronomy and science thanks to guided night and day tours. It consists of the Exposició Permanent, a permanent exhibition on astronomy and Montsec's natural environment; the planetarium called Ull del Montsec, which is the only Open 3D planetarium worldwide; and the Parc de Telescopis, which has three observatories –one of them is an observatory-room– and several portable telescopes.
Information and reservations: www.parcastronomic.cat).
Mont-rebei gorge and Canelles reservoir:
You can reach the gorge from Corçà village (Àger) to the parking of Mare de Déu de la Pertusa Chapel, which is the starting point of the walking tour. You can reach the reservoir from Corçà village. Apart from hiking, you can go canoeing and sailing or you can combine both hiking and sailing (www.montsecactiva.com – www.zenithaventura.com).
The gorge separates Montsec d'Ares from Montsec de Rúbies. The river Noguera Pallaresa, the C-13 road and the train going from Lleida to Pobla de Segur pass through it.
Baronia de Sant Oïsme:
The most important monuments are Sant Oïsme Castle and Sant Bartomeu Romanesque Church.
It has a length of 20 km from the Montsec range to the confluence of the rivers Segre and Noguera Pallaresa. The route through the Mu gorge to Alòs de Balaguer village begins next to the reservoir.
Espai Orígens (Camarasa):
Centre dedicated to inform about the historical, natural and cultural heritage of the Mont-roig area. It organises activities, outings and guided tours such as the one to Roca dels Bous in Sant Llorenç de Montgai. There you can discover the Neanderthal territory by using digital touch screens (tel. 973 420 068 – www.espaiorigens.com).
Sant Llorenç de Montgai reservoir:
It is a wildlife park where you can especially see waterbirds. Here you can go canoeing and hiking.
Santa Maria del Castell Church (Cubells):
Late Romanesque building with the magnificent 13th century gate of the Lleida school.
Alòs de Balaguer:
It is a village with narrow streets, many fountains and charming spots. You can go hiking along the Mu gorge to the Camarasa reservoir’s dam or you can follow the circular route whose departure and arrival point is Alòs de Balaguer.
Seró Espai Transmissor:
It houses the amazing menhir statues decorated with anthropomorphic figures which were found during the construction of the Segarra-Garrigues channel (tel. 661 224 195 – www.museucn.com). You can find Cerveses Ponent in front of Seró Espai Transmissor. Guided tours around the microbrewery and a guided tasting are offered (tel. 636 83 13 46 - www.cervesesponent.com). Vinya l’Hereu Winery offers guided tours as well (tel. 973 400 472, htpp://es.vinyalhereu.com)
Vilanova de Meià:
You can visit Sant Salvador Romanesque-Gothic Church (13th-14th centuries) and the Centre d'Interpretació del Montsec de Meià. You can also go to Santa Maria del Puig de Meià Chapel (tel. 973 415 005