After lunch, move on to Mont-roig del Camp to see the hermitages of Mare de Déu de la Roca, of great devotion in Mont-roig, and of Sant Ramon de Penyafort. The Mare de Déu de la Roca hermitage is referenced as far back as 1230, as can be seen in its construction. The history of Mont-roig goes as far back as 1586, and the hermitage was built on the remains of an earlier castle, with a spectacular view over the mountains. You can appreciate the view even more from the Areny pass, where you can also see curious rock formations that look almost playful, but that have been formed over centuries by the strength of the wind. The architectural combination of the hermitages, which appear to be almost suspended, balancing on the mountain's peak, is something you won’t see anywhere else. Sant Ramon is at the top, rectangular and white, and Mare de Déu de la Roca, a little further down, includes several buildings with fragments of red and white walls, and is a sanctuary for the worship of an image of the Virgin sculpted in 1980 by local artist Francesc Javaloy.
Time permitting, we can round off the afternoon at the Sant Miquel d'Escornalbou Castle, also called the Monastery Castle, as it was first inhabited by Augustine monks and later by Franciscan monks. Following disentailment, and decades later the bourgeois trend for converting historic buildings to live in, the monastery was bought by Eduard Toda and renovated to his personal taste. The result is that Sant Miquel d'Escornalbou is today a fascinating mixture of styles and eras definitely worth seeing.