Mountain trails, urban walks, history, culture, gastronomy … Whatever you are planning for the weekend, there is only one place that hast it all: Cardona. A must see this year, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. No matter your politic preferences or orientation, Cardona is well worth... View Article
Mountain trails, urban walks, history, culture, gastronomy … Whatever you are planning for the weekend, there is only one place that hast it all: Cardona. A must see this year, commemorating the 300th anniversary of the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. No matter your politic preferences or orientation, Cardona is well worth a visit to discover the impressive and majestic architectural constructions that made this city in the Bages county, the last bastion of Catalunya against the Bourbon forces.
Cardona participates also in the project to recover the historic traditional Catalan dishes from the eighteenth century, offering the chance to enjoy original recipes elaborated with high quality and proximity products in nine of the restaurants in town. You can see the list of the restaurants offering this dining experience, as well as the menus offered in each restaurant at the following link.
If you are looking forward to the weekend, to put on your sneakers and start running; to take the bike and ride until Monday or to peacefully stroll downtown, we have, as always, several recommendations to visit Cardona and its surroundings, to please all needs and levels.
Let’s start with routes for the ones with the “advanced level”. From the website Cardona Turisme, you will find some great routes, ranging from 34 to 65 kilometres suitable to ride or walk. Each route is clearly identified and there is plenty of information about it, as for example the length, the degree of difficulty, and the main places to visit during en route. From the links, we can download the route for GPS, print the description (one of the most detailed we have seen so far), view the route profile or check the cartographic map showing all routes available.
Another recommendation, this time on a more affordable level (17 km) is the Salt Route, which leads from Cardona to Suria and allows us to discover the places involved in the extraction, transport and trade of Salt in Catalunya. From the official website of the Generalitat, we can download the track for the GPS and get the written indications for this route.
There are several possibilities if we want to dig into Cardona’s history and culture. A mandatory visit is the Castell de Cardona, a magnificent fortified complex of the eighth century, and emphasizing the “Torre de la Minyona” and the “Col·legiata Sant Vicenç” There are also examples of civil Gothic architecture, part of which is currently hosting the “Parador Nacional de Turisme de Cardona”.
Another great place to visit when in Cardona is the “Parc Cultural de la Muntanya de Sal” (Cultural Park of the Salt Mountain) a major cultural centre that shows the importance of the salt mine in the area, the uniqueness of the site and the use of the mine for years. The tour includes a walk through the old facilities, a guided tour of the galleries inside the mountain of salt (86 meters deep) and a quiet walk in the park. You can also visit the machinery building, a jewel of industrial archaeology and the current Salt Craft Center. As always, we recommend you to check the website to get all details.
From another website, Cardona1714, we can join two highly recommended touristic guided tours: “Cardona, the impenetrable fortress” and a dramatized tour: “Desvalls, the hero of the resistance”. On the website you will find all the information, as well as the timetable and fares information.
Finally, from the “Centre Cardona Medieval”, they offer a touristic visit through the town’s historic centre, as well as several activities and an audiovisual projection called “The Cardona family, the Lords of the Salt”.
If we have missed to recommend your activity or if you have decided to give a try to any of our recommendations, send us your experience and pictures and we will share them on the blog.