A tower with eleven sides
The first stop is in Òdena, a few kilometres from Igualada. You have to look for the highest point in the town to find what you’ve come to see: its castle. Or, to be honest, what remains of it because of what was once a great fortification only a part of the defending wall and a tower are left. But there are other reasons for visiting this place. The majestic tower, proud of what it represented, is quite unique, with an exterior eleven-sided polygonal structure. From here, you can see the Òdena basin and the diverse castles surrounding it. However, most surprising are the remains of the old village of Òdena, which was on top of a hill and surrounded the castle. It’s a captivating experience: first within the stone walls you can make out the outlines of the rooms and even see some old stoves, and later when you reach the square where the church, town council and school used to be. Moreover, the visit is complemented by old pictures that show what the place was like where there was life, and there are also the names of the streets and the houses. The old village, inhabited since ancient times, was abandoned during the 20th century, when the residents gradually moved to the lower part, yet it refuses to disappear.