Guifré el Pilós, Abbot Oliva, Abbess Emma, and Count Arnau are legendary figures in Catalan history. They all lived in the medieval age, a crucial period that witnessed the rise in autonomy of the so-called Catalan counties, essential for understanding the emergence of Catalonia as a nation.
Hell burns in the town of Berga. All manner of devils and wild beasts dance around the fire, carried away by the reverberating beat of pa-tum, pa-tum, pa-tum. This is said to be the most spectacular festival in Catalonia, and was listed as a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.
Hiking for three hours through a canyon, from a hanging bridge to a remote cliff-top hermitage, is no folly. It is a unique experience to walk along a track carved into a gigantic vertical rock face at an altitude of 500 metres. Mont-rebei Canyon was form
Celebrating the summer solstice and thanking the gods for the arrival of good weather and plentiful harvests were the aim of the ancient torchlight descents in the Pyrenean villages of old. The same nocturnal ritual is still held today, a unique, intense, unforgettable experience for participants
A small treasure lies in the heart of the best-conserved medieval town of Catalonia, one of only five of its kind in Europe. The old Jewish mikveh (bathhouse) was used for purifying the soul by total immersion of the body. Stroll around the town, and the Jewish quarter in particular, along narrow
In the words of Catalan poet Miquel Martí i Pol, “living is fighting against laziness”. This is easy to do in the Catalan Pyrenees: just get out there and discover an incredible range of life-enriching experiences in superb high-mountain landscapes. Spend a magical night at a traditional village
In the foreground: one of the most impressive and best-conserved Romanesque sites in Catalonia. The surrounding area: a rugged, deep green landscape of rocks, copses, and brushwood thickets moulded by the force of the Tramuntana north wind. In the background: the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea.
Cap de Creus is the place where the Pyrenees finish, where the mighty mountain range sweeps down to the immensity of the Mediterranean Sea. This is the easternmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, a privileged spot for starting out on a journey from the rugged shoreline to unspoiled inland mountains,
There are places at the foot of the mountains where time passes with no clock marking the hours and minutes, places that do not figure on tourist guides or hotel brochures. Romanesque hermitages, mountain paths, solitary forests, rural accommodation, and small villages where people still celebrate
Sixty-five million years ago, dinosaurs roamed across the territory now known as the Catalan Pyrenees. In human history, man has built dolmens and menhirs, castles, hermitages, monasteries, mills, and dwellings throughout the same territory. This fascinating route follows an imaginary time-line
Seven protected natural spaces, mountains of over 3000 metres, and hundreds of forests, rivers, lakes, and volcanoes will make your dream holidays come true. A universe of pristine nature awaits you in the natural parks of the Catalan Pyrenees.
From Sant Pere de Rodes to Vall de Boí, this route crosses the Catalan Pyrenees from end to end, through one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Catalonia: the Middle Ages. Amidst mountains and valleys, visitors will discover the testimony of this glorious past in the bell towers,
One of the oldest pharmacies in Europe is found in the small town of Llívia, a Catalan enclave within French territory. Now converted into a museum, this is a real discovery for all lovers of history and antiques. The ceramic jars and polychrome Renaissance boxes used for storing remedies, the
Majestic, imposing, solemn, impressive. The Cathedral of Santa Maria d’Urgell is the greatest Romanesque temple in the Catalan Pyrenees and the only Romanesque cathedral in Catalonia. Today, eight hundred years after it was built in the 12th century, it continues to be a special place of peace and
The River Noguera Pallaresa, in the heart of the Pyrenees, is a dream scenario for those who enjoy getting soaked to the skin and experiencing the thrills of an adrenaline-fuelled water sports adventure. The formula can be personalised to match your experience, fitness level, and individual
Solsona carnival is one of the maddest, funniest events on the Catalan festival agenda. If you don’t believe that, ask any of the fancy-dress revellers wandering through the streets until the early hours of the morning, or those getting peed on by the cardboard ass hanging from a tower in the town