The village of Arnes is located in the south end of Terra Alta region. Its toponym is believed to derive from the word ‘arna’ (hive) and in the village crest appear two of them. Placed in a hill by the Algars river, Arnes was declared Cultural Good of Natural Interest in 1992.
The village holds the remains of and old castle, along with stone houses with lintelled doorways from the 16-17th centuries, with iron balconies and some of them still in wood. The town hall stands out, a small Renaissance palace sheltered by a covered ‘llotja’ with a magnificent pillared porch. Of a simple elegance, as shown by the plain ledge and the gargoyles which stand out in the roof vertices, the building also characterises for the classic decoration of the picture windows on the first floor.
In front of the town hall we can find the church of Santa Magdalena, of baroque style; behind, a vantage point facing the northern slope of Els Ports massif.
The Gothic elements repeat themselves in other points of the village, such as in several mansions or in the gates of Miquelet, Portales, Sardinera and Sastre, which formerly provided access into the village.
The relation of Arnes with the world of apiculture caused the creation, in 2008, of a Honey Interpretation Centre. Its aim is to become divulgation and exhibition space focused on the honey, its culture and its tradition, in order to reinforce the identity bond of the village with this centennial tradition.
On the outskirts, we can find the hermitage of Santa Madrona (15-16th centuries), patron saint of the village; the Povet de la Neu or Ice Interpretation Centre (17-18th centuries); the Toll de Vidre (a stream pool); and two monumental trees (the Pimpoll and the Pi Ramut), of 22 and 31 metres tall.