Castell de l'Areny
Castell de l’Areny stretches between the Serra del Catllaràs and Puig Lluent mountain (1,766 m). Its municipal area, which takes in the valleys of Clusa and Vilada (or Camprubí) contains three small villages: Castell de l'Areny, Sant Romà de la Clusa (located in the centre of the Clusa valley) and the hamlet of Ribera del Castell (beside the Vilada (or Camprubí) torrent). The three villages are characterised by traditional isolated farmhouses; due to the abandonment of traditional activities such as dryland farming and animal husbandry, many of the farmhouses have been transformed into second residences and holiday homes.
The village of Castell de l'Areny, sheltered by the precipices formed by the Castell mountain, is composed of some twenty houses clustered around the church. Its name suggests the former existence of a fortification, a sign of the strategic importance of this location. It was once the centre of one of the mayoralties of the Portella barony.
The church of Sant Vicenç still has its original Romanesque ironwork door (11th or early 12th century), although nowadays the chapel is housed in a small building dating from the 17th century.
The church of Sant Romà de la Clusa, further out from the municipal centre, is a well-proportioned 12th-century Romanesque building located in lovely surroundings that boost its natural beauty even further.
Another particularly attractive spot is the secluded Clusa valley, at the heart of the Catllaràs range, popular for its hiking trails and outdoor activities.
Finally, the Anisoteca, an unusual museum with a display of over 800 anise liqueur bottles, is well worth a visit.