Juncosa land area is 7,650 hectares and it has more than 418 inhabitants.
The village was given the name of Juncosa because, in its origin, the place where the village is situated nowadays was a hill surrounded by rushes (from Latin juncus).
In the urban area we can visit Plaça del Mig del Món (square), crowning barri del Castell (neighbourhood), where we can find the stone that symbolises the popular saying that Juncosa is situated in the middle of the earth, because, as the little hole in the part of the street under the arcade in Plaça de l’Església (square) proves, God fixed the sharp-pointed leg of the pair of compasses there to draw the earth.
We cannot miss a visit to Església Parroquial de la Nativitat de Nostra Senyora (parish church), built between the 18th and 19th centuries and recently restored, with a Neoclassical façade and tower. If the church is closed, you can ring the rectory doorbell next to the church and ask the priest for the key.
The altarpiece is a copy of the original one and the paintings of the evangelists on the dome date back to its restoration in 1992.
The arcades (popularly known as perxis) are also worth a look; they had been the gates to the 19th-century fortress, today known as Barri del Castell; one of them faces the façade of Església Parroquial (parish church) and the other one, at its back, is about 50 metres away, crowning the four sides.
Out of the urban area and about one kilometre away, under a rock, there is Ermita de Sant Joan (hermitage), where they used to take Sant Isidre (the village patron saint) in procession during Festa Major de Maig (May local festival), so that the two saints could talk and try to get rain from heaven in order to irrigate the very dry lands of the village area; another popular custom was to beg Sant John to intervene to cure illnesses mainly in legs and arms by means of offering a wax part of the body that had to be cured. A popular saying says that the water dripping from the rocks and ending up in the stone basin is good to cure eye illnesses.
Other interesting visits out of the urban area are the remains of Castell de Vall de Reig (castle), situated on the mountain range that bears its name, Sisquella, where there is a 12th-century pointed arch, as well as the remains of Santuary de la Mare de Déu de la Sisquella (sanctuary). To round off the visit around the village area, it could be a great idea to make a route around the more than 30 old stone huts with an arched roof, the different stone water containers and the special orography of the village area.