If you are interested in discover the main places of the Spanish Succession War, visiting fortresses and defensive monuments or see the impact of the war in the different towns, this article is for you. The Generalitat de Catalunya has come up with different Routes, to commemorate the Tricentenari, with different recommendations such as the first town... View Article
If you are interested in discover the main places of the Spanish Succession War, visiting fortresses and defensive monuments or see the impact of the war in the different towns, this article is for you. The Generalitat de Catalunya has come up with different Routes, to commemorate the Tricentenari, with different recommendations such as the first town to be conquered (do you know which town is it and when?), the main point to defend the Pyrenees (any idea?), the places from where we can enjoy the best panoramic views over the landscape and that were key points to defend positions, and as a must-see, the last resistance point.
Most of the towns and villages offer guided tours, some other have signs with the information related to the place we are visiting and the most modern places have included QR codes, so that we can start the tour on our own, whenever we want to and without having to wait for the guide or the group.
And if we decide to go to Cardona, for example, to visit the majestic castle that defended Catalunya until its capitulation on September 18th 1714, why not make the most of our visit and visit the rest of the towns main attractions? The Parc Natural de la Muntanya de Sal (Salt Mountain), offers guided tours and activities for the whole family; and the centre Cardona Medieval proposes us to visit the old historic quarter. And, like Cardona, each one of the towns included in the route will have plenty of cultural and ludic activities to enjoy. Our recommendation? Take it easy, enjoy each visit and make the most of the excursion by visiting some of the treasures the place has to discover.
If, when looking for a place to visit, you prefer those places from where you can enjoy some panoramic views over the landscape and take the best pictures (to share on our Instagram, for example), you have to start visiting places such as the Castell de Cardona, from which we can highlight the living space of the former Palace, now turned into a Parador, the “torre de la Minyona” and the collegiate church of Sant Vicenç, and that offers an amazing views over the nature surrounding it. Another choice is the Turó de la Seu Vella (Lleida), one of the first Catalan cities to be conquered by the Bourbon army in 1707. Once conquered, the hummock was fortified, destroying the old Gothic quarter that surrounded the main buildings, and the Cathedral and the Royal Castle where turned into military headquarters. Lleida offers also several guided tours, but if you prefer a self-guided tour, you can download the map of the tour from its website and capture the QR codes that you will find all over the town to get more information about the place your are visiting.
Some other buildings offering an amazing panoramic view are the Ermita de Sant Sebastiá (in Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer – Vic) declared Heritage of Cultural Interest, that will make you feel as if you had travelled back in time; the Torre de la Manresana (Prats del Rei) a round tower standing 21 metres high, that was used in 1711 as an observatory during one of the battles; or the Torre de Solsona (Castellciutat) which offers an amazing panoramic view over the Segre and Valira valleys.
If you prefer urban spaces, in Barcelona you will find a huge variety of monuments, buildings and places that were important during the Spanish Succession War. Among them, we can highlight: The monument to Rafael Casanova, the Palau de la Generalitat (meeting point of the Court), the Parc de la Ciutadella and the Mercat del Born (Bourbon fortress), Pla de Palau (the King’s residence), Convent de Sant Agustí (the final scenario of the Austriacist resistance) and, the fossar de les Moreres, where the fallen defenders were buried. Other options to highlight are the different routes and visits to different town of the Maresme, one of the counties which suffered the most the destruction of the war; or a visit to Cervera, with the University and the Museu comarcal as principal places of interest. You can read our latest article about some of the best Exhibitions and expositions that can be seen nationwide, including, among others the House of Rafael Casanova turned into a museum in Moià.
If you prefer to visit some place of high cultural and historical interest, while at the same time enjoying the nature, you can check the guide “Senders de 1714” edited by the “Federació d’Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya”. This guide proposes a route from Sant Boi to Lleida (over 600 km), divided in 9 smaller routes with different degrees of difficulty and length, visiting the ten most decisive places during the facts of 1714. And if you want even more, we recommend you to visit one of the towns not included in this guide, but well worth a visit. We are talking about Hostalric. Thanks to its fortress, this town had a important role to defend this area. The route starts from the fortress itself, and continues through the woods of “les Guilleries” and the “Montseny”.
And you, what kind of activities do you prefer? Are you urban or do you prefer to walk among trees? Do you love exhibitions or do you prefer to enjoy the best panoramic views? Remember that you can share your excursions and experiences with us on the main social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Google + or Instagram