Land of Counts and Abbots

Arxiu Imatges PTCBG

The “Land of Counts and Abbots” route runs through the heart of Ripollès County, from Sant Joan de les Abadesses to Mataplana Castle, discovering the many legendary churches, monasteries, and castles in this area known as the “cradle of Catalonia”.  

  • Arxiu Imatges PTCBG

Travel into the past in Ripollès County, a land of great monasteries and legendary characters known as the “cradle of Catalonia”, a place where history has left a deep imprint.

Discover the natural and cultural heritage of this land of counts and abbots in the town of Ripoll, where the monastery ensemble, founded in the 9th century, was the scene of major historical events in Catalonia. An Interpretation Centre was opened to the public in 2013. In Sant Joan de les Abadesses, the monastery and the Abbot’s Palace constitute one of the main sites of Catalan Romanesque architecture.

Learn all about the scenarios and legends of Count Arnau at Mataplana Castle and the Myth of Count Arnau Interpretation Centre in Sant Joan de les Abadadesses.