Capellades: paper, water and stone
To explore Capellades, the best place to start is La Bassa, a water deposit fed by the aquifer that straddles the regions of Alt Penedès and Anoia. They say that 12 million litres flow into this man-made outdoor deposit every day, and it must be true judging by the sheer size of it.
Right next door to La Bassa you can find the Museum and Paper Mill, where you can discover how Capellades became one of the country’s main paper production centres in the 18th and 19th centuries. As well as learning about the artisanal production process of this hugely important material, you can also have a go at making paper yourself using pre-industrial tools and machinery.
Once you leave the museum, take a stroll around the traditional streets of this town in the region of Anoia, paying special attention to the elements that highlight the constant presence of water. Visit the Rec del Corronaire (irrigation channel), the public wash house and the Carquinyoli Fountain, before relaxing in the shade of the Lonon planes of Font Cuitora Park, one of the best-known landmarks of Capellades.
Are you interested in prehistory? Head to Capelló Cliff! That’s where you’ll find the NEAN - Prehistoric Park of Capellades, home to around 20 archaeological sites dating from different periods and set in beautiful surroundings. The excavations underway at the Abric Romaní site are particularly important, shedding light on the characteristics and way of life of the Neanderthals who settled there between 120,000 and 40,000 years ago.
- One day is not really enough to explore the town’s rich heritage. Why not come back in February when the famous Capellades Fig Market is held? Figs still feature but nowadays it’s a fair and festival with all sorts of food and activities.