Six things to do in Bagà


Founded by the Lords of Pinós in 1233, the town of Bagà is set in an outstanding spot in the Pyrenees, sheltered by majestic cliffs and still proudly boasting buildings dating from the Late Middle Ages, the town’s period of greatest splendour. But Bagà also has a strong present and future as the economic engine of the Alt Berguedà area, and thanks to its extremely popular traditional markets and festivals. Here are six things to do in Bagà!

Visit the Paller Sanctuary

Our Lady of El Paller (hayloft), one of the statues of the Virgin Mary found in Catalonia, is the patron saint of Bagà and has been venerated since the 13th century. The sanctuary is located about two kilometres away from the town itself in a beautiful spot in the heart of the Cadí Moixeró Natural Park. The site is worth visiting not only for the architectural worth of the building but also as a starting point for routes around the park.

Walk the Serra Path

Of the many routes available in Bagà and the surrounding area, we suggest the Serra Path because it’s the easiest (you’ll even find benches if you feel like a rest), almost circular and full of beauty spots. It includes a lookout point with an exceptional panoramic view of the town and the Bastareny Valley.

Discover the Pinós Palace

The palace was the residence of the Barons of Pinós in the 10th century. Today, this Cultural Asset of National Interest is home to the Mediaeval and Cathar Centre and to the Tourist Office. Make sure you don’t miss the romantic murals and paintings.

Celebrate the Fia-Faia Festival

Inscribed on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (together with all the other Pyrenean fire festivals), the Fia-Faia Festival has been held on 24 December since time immemorial as a fire rite. The fire lighters climb to the top of the mountain and light a bonfire as night falls. They use the bonfire to light logs which they take down into the town. The festivity ends at Plaça Porxada with fire dances and games.

Eat to your heart’s content at the Rice Festival

If you head to Bagà on the second Sunday of February, you can join the locals in celebrating the Rice Festival, an event that dates back to long ago. More than 2,000 portions of paella are served and during the day you can enjoy the traditional Cerdà Dance and a fair with artisanal food products.

Explore the Mediaeval Market

Bagà proudly celebrates its golden age, as you will see if you visit the bustling annual Mediaeval Market, which starts on the second Saturday of July and ends on the third Sunday of the same month. All sorts of activities take place there, such as demonstrations of ancient trades, stalls with local products and performances of the Legend of the Rescue of the Hundred Damsels. You’re also very welcome to attend the mediaeval supper held in Plaça Porxada, provided you dress for the occasion!

 

  • The famous, photogenic Pedraforca Mountain is not far from Bagà. Various excursions are available for those who want to get up close and explore it. More information at the tourist offices!


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