Be a paleontologist!
An ideal place to start your exploration of this rich heritage is the area around Hostalets de Pierola, in Anoia, one of the most important paleontological areas in Catalonia and the whole world. The area is particularly rich in primate fossils from the Miocene and is the site of the most important find for the study of the evolution of hominoids: the Pierolapithecus catalaunicus, known as Pau. Come and discover the fascinating world of fossils. Visit the Palaeontological Restoration and Research Centre (CRIP) in Hostalets and enjoy a host of activities such as workshops in which kids can be palaeontologists for the day, or visit “A Window onto the Miocene”, an exhibition in which you can touch fossils that are over 12 million years old. And don’t miss out on the P@leo_rutes, a great family activity. This new interactive adventure is an excellent way to learn, play and wake up the scientist in you. It consists of three multimedia routes that transport you 12 million years back in time, taking you into the ecosystem of the Miocene.
Continue the journey by travelling 65 million years into the past, this time by heading to Fígols in the Berguedà region, where the Fumanya settlement is located. Thousands of dinosaur footprints, bones and eggs have been discovered at this former open-cast coal mine. It’s one of the most important sites in Europe for dinosaur fossils from the Late Cretaceous and is listed as a Cultural Asset of National Interest. We encourage you to go on one of the guided tours organised by the Mines of Cercs Musuem, on which you’ll learn all about how dinosaurs lived in this area 65 million years ago.
Our journey through the world of palaeontology ends at the Museum of the Catalan Institute of Palaeontology (ICP) in Sabadell. Here you’ll become a paleontologist, working on four real research projects of the ICP. In addition to visiting the fossil restoration lab and experiencing virtual reality with 3D fossils, you’ll enjoy audio-visual displays that recreate the landscapes of 66 millions years ago.