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1. Parc de la Riera d'Agramunt (Albert Malet)
2. Serra de Bellmunt, Almenara
3. Penelles (

Art, architecture and the peace and quiet of the countryside

Contemporary art and architectural heritage come together in this surprising excursion to three municipalities in Urgell and La Noguera: Agramunt, Penelles and Tornabous
December is a good time to visit Agramunt, famed for the nougat, known as torró, made there. That's a good excuse for a visit that could take in the Museu del Torró i la Xocolata, but there are many more. We start at the Espai Guinovart, a contemporary art centre, founded by Josep Guinovart himself in 1994, where his works are exhibited. In October a collective exhibition, Llàgrimes (tears), was opened. It focusses on the liquid secreted by the eyes, which features widely in the work of the artist.
We can soak up more contemporary creation at the Lo Pardal Guillem Viladot Foundation, where the writer's visual poems and poetic objects can be admired. Viladot's work can also be found in the open air at the Riella park where a marked route leads you through his rich and fabulous artistic and poetical world. A creative universe under the spotlight this year, it being a hundred years since he was born, an event marked by the travelling exhibition Guillem Viladot i els creadors de Ponent, which will arrive in Cervera in December.
And you shouldn’t leave Agra­munt before visiting the church of Santa Maria, of Romanesque origins but with a Gothic bell tower, or the Pilar d’Almenara, an iconic defence tower built during the 11th and 12th centuries to warn against incursions by the Moors. If you climb to the top you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the plain of Urgell.
From Agramunt we go to Pene­lles where more contemporary art can be enjoyed. Over the course of three days during the Gargar Mural and Rural Art Festival in this town, artists paint the walls and facades and the resulting works can be visited throughout the year.
From Penelles we go to Tar­ròs, in Tornabous. This is where Lluís Companys was born and there is an interpretation centre that provides information about him and his political work as president of the Generalitat. The exhibition has interactive displays that make this politician more accessible to visitors through material usually found in archives.
The excursion ends in the Iberian settlement El Molí d’Espígol, which some think could be the mythical settlement of Atanagrum, the former capital of the Ilergetes tribe, destroyed by Scipio during the Second Punic War, according to the chronicles of Polybius and Titus Livy. A surprising history.

An excursion proposed in collaboration with the magazine Descobrir.