Canyelles is a picturesque and charming village of 3,500 inhabitants located in small valley flanked by several hills (Puig de l´Àliga, Puig de les Forques and Puig del Montgròs) and a strategic place linking sea and mountain. It is surrounded by protected natural areas such as the Parc d´Olèrdola and the Parc del Garraf. It is possible that its origin was an advance defence fortification of the Olèrdola bastion, as at the time of the Spanish March the stream of Canyelles was the route that connected the sea with the inland villages. Today this stream straddles the C-15 road..
The village maintains a small well-conserved old centre, crowned by a castle with medieval vestiges from the 15th century and with steep narrow streets leading to it.
You can take a pleasant walk around the old centre starting at the crossroads of the C-15 and carrer Nou. Often the smell of freshly baked bread wafts through the streets. Canyelles is known throughout the area for its long tradition in the baking of bread and the preparation of coques (sponge cakes). Take carrer Major where some of the façades stand out, such as Can Sàbat, at number 12, which conserves a stone semicircular arch and a Gothic large window on the first floor, with a mullion and a capital decorated with elements related to the grape harvest. The carrer Major leads to plaça del Castell. This building – today private property – maintains a circular tower and part of the wall with five battlements. Very close by is thechurch of Santa Magdalena, already documented in the 17th century, which together with the castle form the emblematic profile of the village. This was restored by Ramon Bouffard, Baron of Canyelles, in 1858.
Canyelles is also the starting point to go up on foot, by bike or on horse to the Puig de l´Àliga (358 m) and the Puig del Montgròs (278 m), two privileged view points over the area. Moreover, the surrounding area has a series of local paths where you can go on short cultural and nature excursions to discover the green landscape of Canyelles.Another activity you can do in Canyelles is climbing the sides of the Penya de l´Escofet, a place known as La Facu, within the Parc d´Olèrdola.
It is highly recommended to visit Viladellops, three kilometres from Canyelles, a small village that preserves its rural charm with a typical Catalan manor surrounded by nature and vineyards. Of special note are the chapel of Sant Joan de Viladellops, a Romanesque construction from the 12th century in an excellent state of conservation and the medieval defence tower.You can continue the visit until Olèrdola, one of the most important archaeological sites in Catalonia. In the early Middle Ages, Olèrdola had a key role in the defence and repopulation of southern Catalonia. The site forms part of the Museu d´Arqueologia de Catalunya, and its facilities include an interpretation centre, which houses an exhibition and a guided visits service. The most outstanding remains of this site are the wall, the Roman tower, Iberian dwellings, a large Roman cistern and a tower, cave paintings, the Romanesque and pre-Romanesque church of Sant Miquel and, outside the walls, the Pla dels Albats, where you can see small anthropomorphic tombs excavated from the rock.