For two thousand years salt was the mainstay of the economy of the Cardener, the river that gives the region its name, and today has an original tourist attraction in the Cardona Salt Mountain and Salt Craft Centre. The salt roads passed through towns such as Santpedor, Súria, Rajadell and Cardona, all good examples of a medieval past. Cardona Castle is a marvellous fortified complex that includes the Church of Sant Vicenç, a masterpiece of European eleventh-century architecture. Next to the ruins of another castle, Castelltallat, is an observatory from which to contemplate the wonders of the universe. Súria is a delightful town whose historic centre boasts portals, arcades, a main square and walls dating from the sixteenth century.
The «No Man's Land» route takes you along the pathways of El Bages in the footsteps of the Catalan maquis, or anti-fascist guerrillas, such as the mythical Ramon Vila i Capdevila, alias Caracremada (Burnt-face).
A hearty lunch of grilled meat will give you the energy you need for a full day of activity, including a visit to the Poble Vell de Súria Interpretation Centre, in El Bages, a walk though its cobblestone streets and trips to its glass, tin, ceramics and basket-weaving workshops.
Between the rivers Llobregat and Cardener, surrounded by pine, holm oak and oak woods, lies Castellnou de Bages, a town whose past is closely linked to farming. Its old quarter conserves a medieval church originally built in the 10th century.