astelnou belongs to a most remarkable sites that has to discover in Catalonia. Surrounded by two calcareous table-land, this village founded in the 10th century, seems to be forgotten, after been the capital of the Valespir Viscounty.
The appearance of roughness of this scarped site, contrast in a strong agreeable manner with the intimacy released by its floweriness lanes. The Vicomtal castle was built in 988-990. The villa still preserves its medieval look with 8 towers and 4 doors its external tower .
The romantic Parish church of 13 th century, built out the village, is dedicated to Santa Maria del Mercadal. And shelters a picturesque market. The north door called “Millars” welcomes you with its two protective towers. Going through the porch, two ways open at you called “carrerd’Avall” and “carrer del Mid” (the low and the middle streets) these are the two main axes punctuated by small staircases lanes, that allow the passage of one street to the other.
Some houses possesses several entrances on two perhaps three lanes. It is a pleasure to walk and to discover along roofs “génoises” decorated with milk of lime, ovens for bread, many elements in wrought iron, memories of the medieval period. Finally, do not forget this village is pleasant to you, it is because its residents, and crafts men, restaurant owner , artists are taking care of it.