Six towns full of Christmas charm


After so many days of non-stop eating and drinking, sitting around a table, you could probably do with getting away from it all, filling you lungs with fresh air and stretching your legs. Well, what are you waiting for? Recover from your Christmas excesses in some of the most charming towns in the regions of Barcelona and get your year off to an unforgettable start. It's time to get away! 

1. Bagà, a mediaeval paradise

The peaceful atmosphere of the mediaeval town of Bagà, with so many quiet corners, is just what you need to wind down after all the hullabaloo of Christmas. You can stroll around the porticoed Plaça Galceran de Pinós, for example, or pay a visit to the Ancient Palace of the Barons of Pinós in the top part of the old town, with beautiful murals to admire. But if it's real peace and calm you're looking for, head to the outskirts of the historical capital of the Berguedà region. In Carrer de la Vinya you'll find the Cadí-Moixeró Interpretation Centre, where you can obtain all the information you need to make the most of the second largest natural park in Catalonia.

 

2. Gósol, landscapes for hikers

Gósol is located just a few kilometres from Bagà and is another ideal town for enjoying the tranquillity of nature. Situated within the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, you won't need to go far to find breathtakingly beautiful and wild landscapes! But if hiking is your thing, there are plenty of interesting routes. The Pedraforca 360° circular route, for example, departing from the town centre, takes in the most impressive beauty spots of the famous massif. Meanwhile, the highly recommendable Camí dels Bons Homes (Path of the Good Men), takes you along trails that the Cathars used to flee from the Spanish Inquisition in the 13th and 14th centuries. 

 

3. Castellar de n'Hug, where the water and air are pure

Another important tourist destination in Berguedà is Castellar de n'HugThe town is best known for being the location of the spectacular source of the Llobregat River, but you don't have to travel far from the town to reach the Creueta Mountain Pass, which with an elevation of 1,888 metres offers amazing views of Central Catalonia and the Pyrenees. As soon as you set foot in the municipality you'll be hooked by its perfect combination of pure air and water. See it for yourself!

 

4. Rupit, a town of contrasts

Rupit is located in Osona, in the area of the Sau Valley and the Collsacabra High Plateau, and is one of the prettiest municipalities in the regions of Barcelona. Declared a National Historical-Artistic Site, this mediaeval town will steal your heart with its suspension bridge over the dry riverbed, its long balconies overflowing with plants, the sheer cliffs where the Romanesque Church of Sant Joan de Fàbregues stands and the 100-metre Sallent Waterfall

 

5. Calaf, hidden treasures

Calaf, capital town of the "Pastorets" Christmas play, also has plenty of charm, with the Church of Sant Jaume and its extremely tall bell tower, the 11th-century castle, the manor houses, the narrow streets of the old quarter, the traditional market or the Plaça Gran. There's no end of lovely things to see in this wonderful town, which is best explored at a leisurely pace, allowing enough time to discover its hidden treasures.

 

6. Mura, a journey back in time

Travelling back to the past is one of the great pleasures afforded by a stroll around the old town of MuraIt feels almost as though time has stood still for the last thousand years in this town in the Bages region. The Church of Sant Martí, the castle, the aviary with its peacocks, the flour mills, the Chapel of Sant Antoni, the Puig de la Balma farmhouse… History enthusiasts will just love the Romanesque feel of the town.


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