Tous Castle is set on a hill of key importance for controlling the passes between the Òdena basin and the Barberà basin. Conquered by Wilfred the Hairy at the end of the 9th century, the castle was rebuilt and the place repopulated when the area fell under the control of the Bishopric of Vic (with Abbot Oliba at its head) in the 11th century.
The castle had two enclosures: the upper enclosure, which contained the living quarters of the lords of the castle; and the lower enclosure, which housed the church of Sant Martí. One of the most notable features of the original building is the square tower, to which other elements were added in the Gothic and later periods. Some sections of the walls of the two enclosures have been preserved although they have gradually been absorbed within the town. The church was originally built in the Romanesque style but was altered considerably during the Gothic and neoclassical periods.
The first known castellans of the castle were the Mediona family at the turn of the 11th century. It later passed into the hands of the Tous family, who held its lordship from the 14th century. However, its ruin in the early 15th century led it to change hands again (first to the Perellós family, then to the Saplana family), until it became the monastery of Sant Jeroni de la Murtra at the turn of the 16th century. With the enactment of the law on ecclesiastical confiscations in the 19th century, the building passed into private hands and is still privately owned today.
The history of Tous Castle runs in parallel to historical events of great importance, since the rise of the Tous family, thanks to the conquest of the Kingdom of Valencia and the subsequent Mediterranean expansion, is reflected in the successive renovations and extensions of the castle. It is also worth mentioning the well-known legend of the Lady of Tous.
Guided tour on the second Saturday of the month departing from the office of the AECOM (Business and Traders’ Association of Sant Martí de Tous) at 11:30.
Guided tours for groups can be arranged for the second and last Saturday of each month.
Special tours can be arranged for groups and schools, but the tour of the castle is external.
Telephone: 93 809 60 02