El Penedès and Castellet
The natural region of El Penedès includes the modern-day comarcas (counties) of the Alt Penedès, Baix Penedès and Garraf. It lies on a crossroads between Barcelona and Tarragona and between the Mediterranean coast and the inland regions of Catalonia.
Castellet i la Gornal is located in the Alt Penedès comarca, an area of Barcelona province with a character of its own and a rich diversity centring on the so-called “culture of wine and cava”. Its natural and cultural heritage combines the landscape of the vineyards with ancient Romanesque churches.
The hilly municipality of Castellet i la Gornal borders the comarcas of Baix Penedès and Garraf. The river Foix flows into the Foix Reservoir in the municipality, where it is also fed by several streams. The municipality has over 1,300 inhabitants, spread between the modern-day villages of Castellet (the former capital of the municipality), La Gornal (the current capital), Les Casetes de la Gornal, Clariana, Les Masuques, Torrelletes, Sant Marçal, Rocallissa and the urban developments of Valldemar, Trencaroques, Els Rosers and Cal Rectoret.
Within the locality of Castellet, the castle is sited on a rocky hill at the eastern end of the village, and the parish church of Sant Pere still stands behind it. The countryside around the Foix Reservoir completes the picture of the village.