Coal and cheese, sheep, milk cap mushrooms, mines and cows: L’Alt Berguedà conserves the legacy of unique crossbreeding. This is the Barcelona Pyrenees, ruled by the two peaks of the Pedraforca Massif in El Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. Where the expressive force of the Romanesque paintings of Sant Quirze de Pedret brings them bang up to date. Where the legacy of the Cathars through the Camí dels Bons Homes—the “Path of the Good Men” or the Cathar Road—is a direct link to Middle Ages. Where over three thousand dinosaur footprints around Fumanya bear witness to over sixty-five thousand years of history. And where the mining road linking Cercs, Fígols, Vallcebre, Saldes and Guardiola de Berguedà is a reminder of the importance of coal in the social and economic history of the region over more than a century.
Audio-guided visits are a good way to learn about the history of this Romanesque church, which was built shortly after the year 1000 in extremely beautiful mountain scenery in the region of El Berguedà.
The Camí dels Bons Homes -the «Path of the Good Men» or the Cathar Road- is a 189-kilometre long-distance path from the shrine of Queralt, in Berga, to Montsegur castle, in France. It can be travelled on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike.
This church is one of the few 10th-century constructions still standing in Catalonia. It is located in Cercs, El Berguedà, and it is of great interest not only due to its architecture, but also because it is the birthplace of unique Romanesque paintings.
This 3.5-kilometre route, which is ideal for a family or group trip, is located within El Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park. It stops at the Artigas Gardens (designed by Gaudí) and completes its journey at the Asland Cement Museum (designed by Rafael Guastavino), at Castellar de n'Hug.
The Pedraforca massif, the highest point of which is at an altitude of 2,497 metres, is located in El Berguedà and considered to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Pyrenees. It features both a great wealth of biology and geology, and diverse options for mountaineers.