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Beam heads – The wooden sentries of Solsona

We invite you to discover the history of beam heads, the wooden sentries that watch over from the roofs of the houses of Solsona.

Strolling through the solemn old town, we realize that splayed eyes spit on us from the heights, most of them are characters with grotesque faces. We propose you a route to locate them in less than an hour.

Beam heads are carved, large-sized faces, which are part of the structural beams that support the roofs and decorate the lateral end of the beam in some historic Solonin houses. In some cases, the ceiling beams of balconies or tribunes culminate. The façade of the houses has been a rejection of the idiosyncrasy of its inhabitants.

The appearance of the balcony as a substitute for the orchestra showed the desire to occupy the urban space and reflects the social position in a population of estates. Thus, the appearance of sculpted beam heads can be attributed to a desire to ostentate families. The oldest ones are found on the porches of Ca l’Aguilar, in the Plaza Mayor (dating from the 15th century). Later (1756) are the baroque elements of the house of the Morató sculptor’s estate (where the library is currently located).

Citizens’ sensitivity to the preservation of heritage led to the twentieth century the beautification of facades, adapting beam heads as a constructive visual solution to the houses that were reformed. Most of it is the work of the sculptor Manel Casserras i Boix (1929-1996), best known as a giant artist and author of a large part of the giants of Catalonia. Beam heads have been a distinctive element of the popular Solonin architecture, of uncertain origins.

Popular rumorology says that they aimed to scare evil spirits. Why, if not, would these faces be scary? This itinerary through the historic center makes up about twenty points.

On the right, you can see the beam head we have at Hotel la Freixera. We invite you to come and see him personally!

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Below we show you the itinerary you can do to find all beam heads, will you be able to find them all?



  1. Start of the route. Just before entering the bridge portal we can see it again.
  2. We find a trio of guardians.
  3. We enter the Museum D.C., where at the entrance there is an 18th century head, formerly located on the roof of the cathedral.
  4. In the Plaza Mayor, under the arcades of Ca l’Aguilar, there are the oldest ones in Solsona (15th century).
  5. Here we can see five.
  6. In the house of August Font, a native architect of Solsona and the author of the chamber of the Cloister and the dome of the cathedral of Barcelona, there is a noble and serene look, carved in accordance with classical canons.
  7. You have to leave the portal and look up: will it be a king?
  8. One of the three heads reminds us of one of the crazy giants of Carnival. Do you know what?
  9. We face some jewels of the Baroque, surely built by the same sculptor Carles Morató in 1756 – author of the colossal altarpiece of the sanctuary of the Miracle -, which denote a great sculptural mastery. Restored in 2011, they have markedly baroque formal features: caricatured shapes and with a tendency to grotesque, realistic details, such as the curls of beards or whiskers, the teeth, the neck of the time …
  10. Below the bell tower there are three small dimensions.

11. We stop at the studio where the artist Mayra D’Amore has painted some of the solomon beam heads. Open Saturdays in the afternoon and Sundays in the morning (for more information: 617 443 330).

12 and 13. Tremendously grotesque, with mouth, nose and disproportionate ears, there are beam heads that guard the most emblematic place of Solsona. In the center, there is the Major, gothic fountain, with gargoyles and stone lions.

14. Before leaving the square, we find another baroque, probably from the time of construction of the house, but it is from 1876 or 1860? how slow are we doing?

15. These are the most recent, of the 21st century. Curiously, one of them is the only polychrome specimen in Solsona.

16. Now we have the opportunity to see them closely and appreciate the details.

17. Here we look at it behind the glass of the hotel La Freixera, taken from the cover of the house located on Carrer de la Regata, no. 3. Its appearance is attributed to the Baroque.

18. Next to the other we observe three more.

19. About to complete the route, we appreciate here four more.

20. And finally, animal forms that honor the name of the street.

We hope you like the route.

For more information, go through the Tourist Office or visit its website:

10th Fair of the Mushroom and the Boletaire de Solsona

Once again, Solsona celebrates the mushroom fair and the boletaire, the most awaited fair of October.

Despite the expectations that have left us a hot summer, which still lasts and the few rains that should have already begun in August, from the Solsonès Regional Council, they will be launching the 10th Boletus Fair and the boletaire of Solsona.

This fair, will be held on October 21 and 22 and despite the few mushrooms that have been found this year, apart from promoting the gastronomic sector around the mushroom, want to promote greater awareness in respect to forests and natural environment.

Next, we leave the program of the fair for days and all the activities that you can enjoy during these two days.

Mushroom lovers, we look forward to Solsona!

18 h
Cooking workshop with mushrooms and wine pairing by Laia Coma and Roger Vilaginés, from the restaurant Mare de la Font de Solsona.

Price: € 10. Limited places Prior registration must be made by phone at 973 48 16 44 (8 am to 3 pm) or by mail to

Organized by: Forest Technology Center of Catalonia
It collaborates: Diputació de Lleida
Place: CTFC Building of the Seminary

21.30 h
Dinner: The mushroom kitchen

In charge of the Hostal restaurant Crisami, Restaurante el Miracle and the Hotel Restaurant Can Puig

Price: 20 euros per person. Limited places, you must sign up at the Tourism Office of the Solsonès (Ctra de Bassella, 1 – 973 48 23 10)

Organized by: Guild of Hosatleria del Solsonès
He collaborates: Wine, Cava Vilarnau, Aigua Font Vella and Cafès Gener
Location: Gòtic courtyard of the Solsonès County Council

8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Mycological outbreak in the Monegal farm (mycological route)
For registration:
Organized by: CTFC and Grup de Natura del Solsonès
Place of departure: Plaça del Camp. Reagrupation at 9:15 p.m. at the Tourist Information Point of Sant Llorenç de Morunys. It will be returned at 2 pm (approx.)

From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Market of mushroom and craft products of the region
Place: Plaza Mayor

Sale of crafts and demonstrations of arts and crafts
Place: Church Square and San Miguel Street

11 h
Workshop of mushrooms with wool: we will combine crochet techniques, felt and some other surprise! Adapted for all ages. Approximate duration of 60 minutes.
Price: € 8 the small and € 10 the big
Organized by: Hands and sleeves
Place: c. Castell, 48

17 h
Opening of the mushroom exhibition collected by the Solsonès Nature Group
Organized by: Nature Group of Solsonès, Societat Catalana de Micologia and CTFC
Place: entrance of the town hall of Solsona

Workshop of mushrooms with wool: we will combine crochet techniques, felt and some other surprise! Adapted for all ages. Approximate duration of 60 minutes.
Price: € 8 the small and € 10 the big
Organized by: Hands and sleeves
Place: c. Castell, 48

Mushroom preserve workshop by Oriol Pallarès
Limited places Pre-enrollment must be made by phone at 973 48 16 44 (from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or by mail to

Organized by: Forest Technology Center of Catalonia, Leader Consortium, Gustum, DARP and FEADER
Venue: Sala Francesca de Llobera of the Consell Comarcal del Solsonès

18 h
Children’s workshop: Salt explorers: simple experiments to get to know white gold
Organized by: Cardona Historic Foundation and Cardona Town Council
Place: main square

Tasting presentation of the 13th Gastronomic Days of Autumn of Solsonès

Price: ticket 6 euros, includes 2 tastets plus glass of wine

Organized by: Gremi d’Hostaleria del Solsonès
It collaborates: It goes from wine, Cava Vilarnau and Aigua Font Vella
Place: Plaza Mayor

10 am to 2 pm
Market of mushroom and craft products of the region
Place: Plaza Mayor

Sale of crafts and demonstrations of arts and crafts
Place: Church Square and Calle de San Miguel

Autumn gathering of collectors of cava plates
Organized by: ACP from Solsonès
Place: hot valley

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Guided visits to the mushroom exhibition and workshops for boys and girls
Organized by: Nature Group of Solsonès and Societat Catalana de Micologia
Place: entrance of the Town Hall of Solsona

From 12 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tasting by La Gatera

Price: € 3.50 (lid + glass of wine)

Organized by: La Gatera
Place: Plaza Mayor

13 h
Award ceremony of the Fair Contests
Place: Plaza Mayor

Prize draw of the contest Let’s search for mushrooms with the UBIC

Exhibition of the contest of mushroom drawings realized by students of the schools of the region.
Venue: Sala Francesca de Llobera of the Consell Comarcal del Solsonès

Exhibition of mushrooms collected by the Solsonès Nature Group with guided tours with informative material by the Catalan Society of Mycology and small competition to identify some mushrooms seen in the exhibition.
Place: entrance of the town hall of Solsona.
Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday also from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Competitions of the Fair:

-10th edition of the biggest mushroom
-10th edition of the most original mushroom

Conditions: you must bring the items to the store the Dragon (Main Square) before Sunday at 12 o’clock

-7th edition of the contest for who brings more species of mushrooms identified
Conditions: you must bring the specimens at the entrance of the Town Hall of Solsona (exhibition of mushrooms) before Sunday at 12 o’clock

13th Gastronomic Days of Autumn

Until 12 November, the establishments of the Gremi d’Hostaleria del Solsonès offer you the best marasque tapas with the best wines and original autumn menus. Participate in the contest and earn a meal or dinner for two people in a restaurant in the region.

Organized by:
Consell Comarcal del Solsonès i Solsonès Fairs

Information ceded by:       

We wait for you!

Autumn has arrived in Solsonès.

Autumn has come to Solsonès and with it, some rains, a little cold and the first mushrooms.

In autumn, it’s raining time, it’s time to start removing the coat from the closet and changing the summer quilt for the winter.

The evergreens with deciduous leaf begin to notice the change of temperature and drop the yellowish and brown leaves that form a large sound carpet as they pass over them.

The first mushrooms appears and all those daring mushroom seekers, which in summer put their hands on their heads because of the heat they were doing, they found the first nightingales and vines, which, well hidden, tried not to be hunted.

The cold, the coats and the scarves return. Returns a plate of warm soup for dinner and that hot shower so relaxing before going to sleep. We begin to see chestnuts that bathe the ground under the chestnut trees, and of course, this indicates that we will soon see the chestnut cookers with their flame fire, hot chestnuts that we will eat at ease while paper-lined with newspapers and magazines warms us hands

And last but not least, the panellets will soon return! The round pastries of sugar, almonds and pine nuts that everybody makes at home and that causes the mouth to turn us water only to feel the smell.

In addition to all the things that come back after the summer leaves in autumn, in Solsonès, there are some fairs and events. Do you want to know what? Well keep reading!

Mushroom Fair.

  • On October 21 and 22, we meet as every year in the Plaza Mayor and the surroundings of Solsona to welcome all the mushroom seekers in the area. In addition to the sale of mushrooms, this autumn fair presents a multitude of attractions for the family audience. The market stands for artisanal products, demonstrations of antique trades, a gathering of collectors of cava plates, exhibitions and visits.

Fair of the eggs of the mare and farmer’s market.

  • On October 28 and 29 we meet in Sant Llorenç de Morunys to celebrate this fair that revolves around the legend of “Three wise men”. And the contest of giant pumpkins takes place, according to the legend called “eggs of mare”

Market of the trumfo and the salt of Odèn.

  • On November 19 we have an appointment at Odèn, at the top of the region to attend the Trumfo Market and Sal d’Odèn, where the local producers of trumps participate. Tasting trips are also made and local craft products are found. In addition, you can visit Salí de Cambrils and discover how they made salt in the past.

Wunderlich Motorrad Day

If you are passionate about motorcycles, if you love to make routes with your two-wheeled vehicle and everything that has to do with motorcycles, you can not miss the Wunderlich Motorrad Day

From Bassella Experiences, on October 21 you can enjoy the Wunderlich Motorrad Day a day in which motorcycles are the protagonists and in which your pilots can enjoy routes, museums and many more activities!

Find out more!

Wunderlich Motorrad Day

Come and enjoy an event created for users and lovers of all kinds of motorcycles, such as trail, touring, racing, mountain biking, etc. And choose if you want to take a 100% asphalt route, or dare with a mixed route that we have prepared for you in the Lleida Pyrenees.

Although the routes are the main element of the event and we will take part in the day, we have also prepared many other activities to spend the day, as well as an off road course, ideal to develop your skills Hidden on the ground with mixed tires or asphalt so that in the future you can enjoy the full potential of your motorcycle.


Activities and schedules

  • Routes – on road or well off road: You choose. A 4h route through the Lleida Pyrenees that will surprise you with the bike you want! If you want to make the route off road, you will need a suitable tire or good driving skills out of the asphalt!
  • Wunderlich Product Exhibition: Because you experiment first and foremost with the quality and uniqueness of the products created by this German brand.
  • Piloting Course: Ideal for treating your abilities on land and with mixed tires or asphalt and to help you enjoy the full potential of your motorcycle in the future.
  • Restoration service: Open throughout the day. From early morning until dinner time (Lunch included in the price of the registration)
  • Special program for female companions: If you come with your partner and want to make the route alone, or while attending the pilots course, we have prepared fun activities for women. Surely they will want to repeat!
  • Bassella Motorcycle Museum: With the price of the registration there included the free entrance to the Bassella Motorcycle Museum. You can not miss it!
  • Draw of gifts: At the end of the day, we will raffle numerous products of the Wunderlich brand
  • Friday, October 20, 2017
    Optional arrival to Bassella (from 3:00 p.m.)
    Opening of the camping area (3pm)
    Open registrations to the Bassella Motorcycle Museum (3pm – 10pm)
  • Saturday, October 21, 2017
    Open registrations to the Bassella Motorcycle Museum (8.00 – 10.00)
    Free x route outing (GPS) from 9 AM
    Departure guided tour tomorrow 10AM
    Start Piloting Course (morning shift) 10.30am
    Start activity for female companions (11.00 – 13.00)
    Arrival planned routes 13:00 to 14:00
    Final morning piloting course 13.00

Lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Start free x route (GPS) from 1 pm
Home guided tour takes 14.00
Home piloting course (afternoon turn) 15.00
Start activity for female companions (3:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)
Arrival scheduled routes (5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Final course piloting afternoon 17.30
Drawings and awards ceremony 18.00
End of event 17.00


From La Freixera hotel, we offer a 10% discount for all those enrolled in the Wunderlich Motorrad Day in a double room and with breakfast included with local products in the area.

If you wish to book, you only need to contact the organizers of the event or by phone with us indicating that you are registered.

Will you miss it !?

Information ceded by: Bassella Experience

If you need more information, reservations, inscriptions, download the flyer … do not hesitate to contact them on the same website.

I have two days off … Let’s visited Sant Llorenç de Morunys and its surroundings

As every Monday and a week, we return to inform you of what you can do in Solsona and El Solsonès for two days.

Last week, we traveled through the history, culture and cuisine of the south of the region. This week, we will go deep into the mountains and mountains of the north, in the skirts of the Prepirineus.

But, we will not visit you all this week! It is a very extensive area and to enjoy the landscapes and the nature that surrounds us, we will need more than two days.

We will visit Sant Llorenç de Morunys, we will know its history, its gastronomy, its streets and roads … A little everything in general.

On the second day, we will get lost at the Serra de Busa and the Llosa del Cavall reservoir. As always, we recommend hiking, mountain biking and car routes that you can enjoy if you are brave!

Sant Llorenç de Morunys, Coll de Jou and El port del Compte.

Let’s start the day with eagerness, taking forces, as it will be tiring (but we will not stop it for this!), We will take the car and go to Sant Llorenç de Morunys.

We will follow the road that follows the Llosa del Cavall reservoir until reaching the village, about 24km from Solsona.

Once we park the car, our visit begins in the small village of Sant Llorenç de Morunys. We enter the old town, which preserves part of the walls, disfigured by late buildings and two portals, the one of the Pieta and the one of the New Era.

Within the old town we can visit the parochial church of Sant Llorenç de Morunys, where we can highlight the 16th century Renaissance Cloister, the Altarpiece of San Miguel Arcángel and San Juan Bautista, the Altarpiece of the Holy Spirit, Year 1713 and the Capella dels Colls.

The Plaza Mayor is a recent construction although the structure of the buildings that make up it are very representative of what can be found in the walls. Generally they are of two plants; the first one was used by cattle and by shop that became generally in store; the second one for rooms and the porch, as a clothes rack for the woolen slices that were then used to weave the Pitae cloths.

Another place that deserves our attention is the Santuari de la Pietat, with a single nave with a main porch that was tapestry in the middle of the 20th century and turned into another part of the ship. The current façade, presided over by a small steeple belfry, is the result of a restoration carried out in 1909. Inside, the gothic altarpiece of La Piedad, the work of Pedro García de Benavarre

Once we have visited the old town of Sant Llorenç de Morunys, we will go to the Santuri de Lord, it is a temple of a nave, covered with a barrel vault on toral arches, and side chapels between the buttresses. The façade is of great simplicity, lacking ornamental elements, except for the oculus that illuminates the church. To the side it has the bell tower, of two bodies. Ornamentation is reduced to the main altarpiece, which houses the chamber of Our Lady of Lord, a wood carvings that, in its current state, reveals a restoration that disfigures the original 13th century image.

We emphasize the 1901 altarpiece of carpentry with gilded, was done in Barcelona by the workshop of J. Riera Casanovas. His invoice responds to revivalist orientations that arbitrarily conjugate stereotypes of the Byzantine and Romanesque arts.

Once you visit the Sanctuary, surely we will start to feel our stomach roar, so go for lunch, we recommend some places where you can eat in the town and surroundings and where you can enjoy a good meal!

After enjoying a good meal, we will continue up the mountain, going through the small villages of La Coma and La Pedra, where a little further up we will find the Cardener Fountains.

It is advisable to leave the car and walk about 300 m. Depending on the time of the year, we can find splendid waterfalls and an impressive stream of water: we are at the birth of the Cardener River, an idyllic place that allows us to hear the murmur of the water and to see the mountains that border this place The birthplace of the Cardener is today a cozy leisure space.

Our next stop will be the Port of the Account, it is an alpine ski resort that takes the name of the Serra del Port del Comte, where it is located, exactly on the northern slope of the Sierra del Querol as well as around the Tossal d ‘ Estivella, there is a ski resort implanted.

However, although in winter we can enjoy snow sports for exelence, in other seasons, we can find various activities for the whole family such as adventure parks, Tubbies, Golf. ..

For more information visit: Port del Compte

Our last stop, before returning to Solsona, will be at Coll de Jou, a mountain port which, at the same time, is an important junction of communication between the Ebro and Llobregat basins. And you will ask, “OK, the information is fine, but … what are we doing here?”

Very simple! It’s an amazing viewpoint! Where the roads that go to Solsona, Sant Llorenç de Morunys and Cambrils are communicated, there is a viewpoint in which we will see the entire Valley and if we refine the view, we can even see Solsona small in the distance, it is a very good time to remove the camera to take pictures and spend all the memory! (if you have not already done it!)

To return, unlike climbing, we will take the road that goes through Lladurs, the old road that is called the village and we will descend, watching and enjoying the views that the mountain offers us.

Nature lovers, here ends the first day, sleep well, because tomorrow we are waiting for new routes and visits!

La Serra de Busa, el Pantà de la Llosa del Cavall i moltes rutes!

Good day!

Today we will be dressed as a mountain, because it is a mountain!

We will go up to the Serra de Busa and the Pantà de la Llosa del Cavall (which we saw yesterday going to Sant Llorenç de Morunys) and climb the Serra mountains and much more!

So get strong, so let’s start!

In the first place, we will climb the Sierra de Busa, it is one of the mountain ranges of the Pre-Pyrenees located to the south of the Serra dels Bastets, in the Solsonès region. It seems inaccessible due to the rugged walls of montserratine forms that form it. The highest point is the top of Cogul, in the Serrat de les Graelles.

The Busa range forms a broad plateau, called the Busa plan, cut everywhere by high cliffs.

In the northwestern part of the plain, the Capolatell, better known as “the Prison of Busa”, stands out because of its use for this purpose during the French War. At this moment you can access it by foot through an iron lever.

The routes that we can do in this environment are the following:

    • Route with start and end point to the parking of the Vall d’Ora ecomuseum.
      This route can be shorter by climbing the car from Besora along the asphalted track to the car park that is on the Busa plain.
      The route passes through a very straight channel of about 50 meters that is overcome by an iron staircase (10m) and wooden steps with mechanical handrails. It is a difficult step that can be avoided by going up the way back.
      In addition, from the Vall d’Ora parking there is an asphalted track that leads to the monastery of Sant Pere de Graudescales, an example of the rural monasteries.
    • Circular route with start and end point in the parking of the Vall d’Ora ecomuseum.
      The route passes through L’Escala, a narrow and narrow channel of about 50 m very rights located on the path to the Busa plane. In the first section you climb up an iron staircase (10 m) and then, by means of wooden steps that are well fitted between the rock and mechanical rails.

Very close to the area where we are, we will find the Mirador del Codó, an ideal place to enjoy views of the Vall de Lord. Located 1529 meters, you can see the town of Sant Llorenç de Morunys, the Serres de Busa and the Bastets and the Llosa del Cavall reservoir. On clear days you can get to see Montserrat mountain and Montseny mountain.

From the L-4241 road that goes from Solsona to Coll de Jou. Crossing roads where the source of Coll de Jou is

From the C462 highway that goes from Sant Llorenç to Coll de Jou. Once you reach Coll de Jou take the turnoff towards Solsona and take a detour left at the left with the indications “Camí de la Creu del Codó”.

We continue along the way until we reach a point where we can not move forward with the car. From here, we can do the ruta al mirador del Codó.

Visited the Serra de Busa, we will descend to the Pantano de la Llosa del Cavall, there are no routes that are known in this area, as it is difficult to access, but if we follow the road that goes down towards Solsona, we can see a few Entrances to the reservoir that may not reach him completely, but which we could explore in order to approach us as much as we can.

Here we finish our route, and as you know, the routes that we propose, are only a few of all that Solsonès offers.

If you want to know more routes on foot, by bike or by car, just visit the website of Solsonès Turisme and you will find many more!

We finish the day, finally we can rest after an intense day of routes and mountains! Good night!

Information ceded by:            Solsona Turisme i Turisme la Vall de Lord

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I have two days off … Let’s travel to the heart of Catalonia


Barcelona lives in September 11 full of cultural and protest events, in a Day marked by the countdown of the referendum on October 1. The most massive act of the day is undoubtedly the mobilization that the National Assembly of Catalonia (ANC), which at the moment fills the Passeig de Gràcia and Carrer Aragó form a gigantic sum symbol (“+”) .

We’re here again! How fast the time goes by, we are going through the third publication (and it’s not the last!)

We wish very heartily that those who have been able to enjoy the Solsona Festival as much as we do!

Now, like every Monday, we are looking forward to the next delivery of these informative blogs. (Many, many thanks for following each Monday!)

This week we will travel, literally to the heart of Catalonia. We will visit the geographic center of our lands, one of the oldest altarpieces in the country and we will discover some gastronomic corners of the area.

And for lovers of hiking and bicycles, we will show you the routes that can be done in the same area. So get your shoes tight, let’s start!

History and culture of the South of the Solsonès

Good morning!

Let’s touch a little history and culture of the Solsonès. We take the car and we will head to the Miracle, towards Lleida about 15 minutes from Solsona.

  • Miracle Sanctuary: The Miracle Sanctuary is a religious center dedicated to the Virgen del Miracle, located in the western part of the Riner municipality, in Solsonès. The complex consists of a church, a chapel, a monastery dedicated to Benedictine Montserrat, several places of reception: cells, Spirituality House and tourist services. It is worth mentioning the two altarpieces it contains: one of the 16th century Renaissance style attributed to Pere Nunyes; and the magnificent baroque altarpiece of the Miracle, from the 18th century and the work of the sculptor Carles Morató and the painter Antoni Bordons.
    • Schedule for guided tours: Every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays you can discover the best kept secrets of the Miracle Sanctuary, such as its baroque altar and sacristy, the cloister of the monastery and the Baath.
    • Price: € 2 per person

Apart from visiting the Sanctuary, we can stroll through the gardens and surroundings, with beautiful landscapes! Do not forget to take a lot of pictures!

After visiting the Sanctuary, take a guided tour, take as much photographs as the camera’s memory allow and rest for a little while in the bar at the sanctuary, we will head to Su, just 7 minutes from the Miracle.

  • Su: it is a town located at the headwaters of the Matamargó stream. It has a nucleus of clustered settlement. Formerly it formed an independent commune until in the middle of the nineteenth century it was integrated into the Riner term. In Su, we can visit the church of Santa Maria, the recotra of Su, the chapel of Miralles and the Collet del Moro.

Since we are sure to have a bit of hunger, we will take this opportunity to eat here in Su, which, like many villages in the region, focuses on homemade cooking, the one from the granny. We recommend the “Forn de Su” in a unique environment, where you will be treated as if you were at your home!

Having eaten and paused the food (if they are dishes like the ones that made by the granny, maybe will will peal until tomorrow …) and with the coolness of the early afternoon, we will take the car again and we will go to Ardèvol, about 10 Minutes of Su, enjoying the landscape as we arrive.

  • Ardèvol: Ardèvol is a village in the municipality of Pinós, in Solsonès, at the foot of the Sierra de Pinós and very close to the geographical center of Catalonia. Formerly it had a castle whose only rectangular watchtower is left. The population, of about 111 inhabitants, lives divided between the nucleus and the dispersed country houses. Only 5 minutes away from Ardebolo, we can visit Dolmen de la Pera, a funerary monument built at the end of the final Neolithic period and used up to the middle bronze that you can not miss!

Do not fall asleep, because now, we will go to one of the most wonderful and essential parts of the route if you come to Solsonès (apart from trying the trumfos, if you do not try the Solsonès trumfos, you will not have been here!), We will travel to Pinós, 10 minutes from where we were now and where we can say that we are at the Geographic Center of Catalonia !.

  • Pinós: Pinós is a municipality in the Solsonès region that is named after one of the five villages that make it up. It is located in the geographical center of Catalonia. It is also part of Alta Segarra.
  • Geographic center of Catalonia: About 200 meters to the west of the sanctuary, at 930.60 meters above sea level, there is a rose of winds on a large block of stone. In addition to indicating the main winds, he drew in the empty spaces between the tips some of the main symbols of Catalan culture.

We will start to get tired, so we will be finalizing our itinerary.

To finish, we will return north to Matamargó about 20 minutes from Pinós.

  • Matamargó: Matamargó is one of the five entities of the town of Pinós in the Solsonès region. There is no urban nucleus. The settlement is dispersed in the farms that make up the entity. In Matamargó, we will be able to visit “Les Casas de Matamatgó”, a farmhouse from the XVI century converted this year into a cultural space, where you can see, through a tour, how the family life of a self-sufficient house in the nineteenth century . The farm was a reference to the region for its ability to manage and produce in itself all the necessary products to survive in a farmhouse away from the main centers, which were those that had the services. To be able to see represented each one of the peculiarities of self-sufficiency, the original spaces have been adapted and restored as exhibition halls, delimiting the tasks that were carried out in each one.

And with that, we will finish our route, which at this time must have been dark …

You can return to Solsona along the road, direction Cardona, taking the C-55, which will take you to Solsona in an open and close eye!

It has been a tiring day, full of visits, culture, history and wonderful landscapes, we deserve a good dinner and a good bed in which to rest, because tomorrow we will rent a bicycle (or just on foot) and enjoy the landscapes that today We could not do with the car.

Good night!!

The south of the region on foot or on two wheels

Since yesterday we made a more cultural and historical route (and by car.), Today we will try to enjoy landscapes, nature and, above all, sports lovers, enjoy cycling or hiking.

We can choose between the following routes, which we will classify by distance.

Hiking routes.

Santuari de Pinós – Ardèvol – Santuari de Pinós

  • Distance: 15.23km
  • Route with beginning and end to Sanctuary of Pinós and that takes us to the Sanctuary of the Miracle. During the tour we can enjoy the landscape, the sources, dolmens, etc.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Sant Just- Miracle – Sant Just

  • Distance: 15.66km
  • Circular route that leaves from San Just de Ardèvol and goes to the Sanctuary of the Miracle.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Solsona – Pinós

  • Distance: 24.88 km
  • This route takes us from the Sanctuary of Pinós following the GR 7 to Solsona, passing through the Sanctuary of Miracle and Brics and vice versa.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Bicycle routes

Route from the Miracle to the Alzina reservoir.

  • Distance: 4.20km
  • This is a linear route with a starting point in the Sanctuary of the Miracle and arrival at the Alzina Reservoir. You can return to the Miracle by undoing your way or go on the signposted route towards Solsona, following the GR 7 marks.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Miracle route to the Riner tower

  • Distance: 5.80km
  • This is a linear route. You can return to the Miracle to undo your way or continue the route signposted to Solsona, following the Black River. If you make the route with BTT, the final stretch of the ascent to the hill where the Riner tower is located, it has a lot of difficulty as much as climbing or descent.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Route from the Miracle to Freixinet

  • Distance: 6.80km
  • This is a linear route and runs through a forest track that was built after the 1998 fire to extract burned wood. You can return to the Miracle Sanctuary undoing your way or continue the route to the Riner Tower, and return by the Miracle route to the Riner Tower.
  • Download the route: Aqui

Remember that there are not only these routes, you can do many more. To check them, log in Solsona Turisme and choose the one you like the most!

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The surroundings of Solsona

If you like to walk and find yourself in the middle of nature, the surroundings of Solsona are the place indicated by you.

  • La Mare de la font and the font de la mina: The water from this source, formerly called the Mirabella, was the first to reach the Major source of Solsona. It is worth mentioning the 15th century stone bridge that formerly formed part of the canal that carried the water to the sources of Solsona. When you reach the middle of the Mare de la Font park, following a path that crosses the Bassella highway, you will reach the source of La Mina, a natural place of great beauty and very cool especially in the summer. This space offers a botanical itinerary, of about 600 m, that allows to know and observe various species of autochthonous native forest, alien plants and non-riverside species, such as oak or pineapple. In this environment there are animals such as the toilette, the pica-strains, the red-bush, the blackbird, the hedgehog or the weaving, among others.
  • El Castellvell: It is a castle that is located at the top of the Castellvell hill, 130 meters above the city of Solsona, thus being a first-order vantage point over all the Solsona vines and much of the Solsonés region. Nowadays, the castle of Solsona is still inhabited, and in a fairly good state of conservation. They continue to celebrate the Roseret gatherings, and every September 10 it is a tradition to carry out a pro-independence gathering, with a large starry sign hanging on the walls of the castle, and celebrating talks, to commemorate the day.

If you like hiking or bicycle trips, you can not miss the routes that these places offer:  Trekking or bicicle routes.

I have two days off … We celebrate the Solsona Festival!

We continue a week longer with the informative blogs to do in Solsona for two days.

This week, we will focus on one of the traditional fiestas of Solsona, the Festa Major.

This holiday will begin on September 7th and will last until September 11th.

Every day that lasts the party is important and there are special events that do not do another day, so we will change the plans we had for this ticket and instead of 2 days, we will take a short tour of the 5 days that the Fiesta Major lasts

A bit of history ...

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The Solsona’s Festa Major is one of the oldest and most traditional times of all the celebrations that are currently held all over the country. This rich and secular festive heritage is in the distance of time, at least since the 14th century.

The origins of the Festa Major de Solsona date back to 1653. Catalonia had suffered the defeat of the Reapers’ War (1640-1652) and, shortly afterwards, the bad harvests that led to the drought. To this, the Plague was added that extended by the country. It was because of the devastating context that, due to an ancestral custom of the solonins -documented since 1657-, the vote was taken to the Virgin of the Cloister.

In 1652, when the doctors no longer had any other remedy to reduce the plague, the town hall consistently asked the Virgin of the Cloister solemnly. According to the chronicles, as of that moment “nothing” was moved, nobody else died, so that the consuls demanded that it be voted on that the day of the Nativity would be organized a procession with the solemnity of the day of Our Lady of August. On the 1st of September the following year, the Virgin Mary of the Patron Saint of Solsona was proclaimed. Here was the feast of Our Lady of the Cloister.

Continue reading and find ideas for the Festa Major de Solsona …

Start of the Festa Major.

We start the morning with the signal that tells us that the Festival has begun, the bell tower of the Cathedral, which will take place at 11.30. Next, at 12, we will go up to the town hall square, where the mayor of Solsona, will give, personally, the beginning of the festival followed by the thug of the trabucaire. Returning to the Plaza Mayor, we will hear the thunderstorms of the Sullivan trabucaires.

It’s time you go out to the street the seal of identity of the town, THE GIANTS! We enjoy the passacarrer, watching the dances of the giants that will go to the sound of the patinfanjàs band of Solsona, that will begin in the place of the city council by the old town.

once the passacarrers are over, it’s time to go to lunch (and of the respective nap, this can never be missed!) and in the afternoon we continue with the party!

From 5 pm and having rested after all the morning following the giants, in the Plaza de San Pedro, we will find the VII contest of musicians in the street.

To continue an afternoon of art and music, we can enjoy three inaugurations that will be held during the afternoon:

  • At 6, in the exhibition hall of the Cellar of Ca l’Aguilar, INAUGURATION of the exhibition “Amalgama and the symbiosis of two worlds”, by Danika Montse Fuentes, from California, and Leonardo Cisternes Mosciatti, from Chile
  • At 7, in the exhibition hall of the former Caixa Penedès (Cal Manel), INAUGURATION of the exhibition “Rostros Mediterrània y Siguiendo las Pases de N’Assem”
  • At 2/4 of 8, in the Sala Gris, INAUGURATION of the exhibition “From painting to photography, from photography to painting”, by Josep Dalmau and Jaume Roure

The evening arrives and with it, the bell tower of the Cathedral announcing the Cant de la Salve, which we can enjoy at 20.45 in the cloister’s chapel, after the descent of the municipal corporation accompanied by the pubilla and the maidens Honor of 2016, the dance of poles and the Patinfanjàs orchestra.

After enjoying the Cant de la Salve, the streets of the old town are lit with teieres and, following them, we will make our way to the patio of the Arrels II school, with the entourage that will also leave the Cathedral, to see the castle of fireworks.

The events of the day are over, but now the acts we like most are coming to the youngsters! The night party! But, eh !, which is not only aimed at young people, also families will be able to enjoy the Habanera concert that will take place at 23:00 in the Plaza de San Juan.

And for the young …

At 1 in the morning, in the Multipurpose Room, CONCERT OF VERSIONS with Band’d’festa, Caipirinhas Rumberus and DJ Sendo.

Sleep and rest well, why this has only begun!

Tomorrow better and better, if it’s possible!

We start the morning with the mass sung at the Cathedral at 9 am to stop breakfast and then we will follow the Sullivan trawlers around the walls of the village, waking up even more, with their features!

At 11.00 we can attend the mass concelebrated by the bishop of Solsona in the Cathedral, not without witnessing, before that, the descent of the municipal corporation accompanied by the town hall, the maidens of honor of 2016, the Patinfanjàs Orchestra, the feudis and the giants of the Festa Major.

Once the mass is over, we will go up to the Plaza Mayor, where we can enjoy the ballets of all the giants, where each one is different and has its charm, you can not see them (the younger ones in the house will love it! !!)

The lunch time is already approaching (ep !, do not neglect the nap!) And because until mid-afternoon there are no more events of the Festa Major (also need to rest the poor giants …) we can make a A little bit of tourism in the streets of the old town, if we have not done it or take a walk to Castellvell and Mare de la Font (you can see it in the previous post: Tinc dos dies lliures… Coneixem Solsona!)

At 6:30 p.m., we will be able to attend the homage of the Virgen del Claustro to the Cathedral and see the ball of the eagle in the Plaza Mayor.

Next, in the same place where we are, the Cobla Juvenil Ciutat de Solsona will dance sardanas.

It is once again dark and for lovers of firecrackers and fireworks the moment has arrived, at 22.00 in the portal of the Castle will start the correfoc accompanied by the Batucada with the following route:

Portal del Castillo
Crossing of San Isidro
Calle de Llobera
St. Peter’s Square
Carrer del Castell
Portal del Camp

For young people, in the Plaza del Camp you can enjoy the concert + youth with the Quinta del Barrio and Dj Malé

Families, this time, can go to the Multipurpose room where at 23.00 you will find the Dance of Festa Major with the Juniors orchestra.

From 9:00 in the morning, we can enjoy the same acts as on Friday, that is, the sung Mass, the circumvallation of the old walls with the trabucaires, the descent of authorities towards the Cathedral, the concelebrated mass and the ballets in the Plaza Mayor.

If you have seen it the previous day, you can take the opportunity to visit the Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona, which is located next to the Cathedral, in the Plaza del Obispo. (you can check prices and timetables here: Museu de Solsona,Guests at the Hotel La Freixera can enjoy a 2×1 entrance to the museum!)

From 3:00 pm until evening, the Besamans will take place at the Cathedral in the Cloister’s Mother’s Cathedral. And just after entering to pay tribute to the Virgin Mary, you can stroll through Solsona and find, until 8:00 pm, the painters who make up the XXXVI fast painting contest on Solsona and its surroundings.

If you have already seen and enjoyed all the artists doing paintings by the beautiful Solsona, at 5:30 p.m., you can reach the Multipurpose Room where, the Maravella Orchestra, will play in concert. (attention! Ticket sales will take place an hour before in the box office of the same room.)

For families and the smallest of the house, you can go to the plaza del camp where you will find a family show hosted by the pop music band Pop Xics.

It’s been another day (how fast!) And we get back to the time when youth go out and families rest enjoying either a concert with Marc Anglarill in the Plaza Mayor or the dance from the Festa Major to the Multipurpose Room.

For young people !:

At 1 in the morning, in the Plaza del Campo, CONCIERTO JOVE with Zoo and Xeic!

Throughout the day, sports enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the 23rd Basketball Tournament 3×3 at Plaça del Camp.

But, we start from the beginning, at 10 in the morning we can attend the mass for the deceased. But if the one you love is the bicycle, you can not miss the XXXVIII cyclist climb at La Torregassa, or the starting point will be in front of the Setelsis school (there will be breakfast for everyone!)

The younger children of the house will love to attend the storytellers in the library square after 11:00, where they will be able to enjoy the children’s show Festa Kids! They can not miss it!

For lovers of dancing and the most daring, at 12.00 on the Paseo Pare Claret, there will be a Swing show with live music, do you dare?

We have had a mogudet morning, but that does not end here, it’s a good day, you take strength and you do not need to say what you have to do after eating, because we are waiting for an even more busy afternoon!

At 5:00 pm we will leave the Paseo Pare Claret in the direction of Castellvell with the giant star (I have already told you to do the nap …) and fast because at 17.30 we will extend the star at the tower of the Castellvell and we will attend the talk -debat “October 1, the time of truth”, reading the Manifest of the Correllengua and the song of the Reapers (as a reward for the road made, there will be coca and chocolate for all!)

Rest as much as you can, but as the saying goes: “hurriedly but without pause”, since at 19.30 we can enjoy sardanas again in the Plaza Mayor.

At 21.00 we have an appointment in the Plaza Mayor, where the institutional event of the National Day of Catalonia will be held in Solsona. We can all be part of candle burning in favor of the referendum, and we will enjoy the song of the Reapers.

As every night, for families, at 23:00, in the Multipurpose Room, Festival’s Dance with the Montgrins Orchestra

And for the young:

At 23:00, in Plaça de Sant Pere, concert with the Fugitive group

Today is the day for the smallest of the house, since from 11:00 to 14:00 at the Paseo Pare Claret, at the height of the Culture and Youth Center, you can enjoy inflatable castles! Who was little to be able to enjoy those again!

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Arrencant motors per la Festa Major

D’aqui una setmana s’inicia la Festa Major de Solsona, coneguem el actes previs a aquesta festivitat.

A només una setmana de l’esperada Festa Major de Solsona, escalfem motors amb els actes previs de la ja esmentada.

Aquests actes és celebraran des d’avui, 1 de Setembre, fins al 6 de Setembre per donar pas a l’inici de la festivitat el dia 7 de Setembre i que durarà fins al 11 de Setembre, Diada de Catalunya.

En aquest post us volem fer arribar el programa d’aquests actes previs perquè, sigueu o no de Solsona, no us perdeu res!

Programa d'actes previs

A les 10 a la plaça de Sant Joan, concert Metamorfosi de les músiques de la Festa Major de Solsona, a càrrec de la Cobla Juvenil Ciutat de Solsona amb la participació extraordinària d’Eduard Gener, LXX Solsonins i Orquestra Patinfanjàs.
Col·laboració: Agrupació de Geganters de Solsona, Arxiu Comarcal del Solsonès, Ajuntament de Solsona i Amics Linyolencs

De 10 a 1, al Castellvell (punt d’inici), VISITA gratuïta al poblat ibèric del Castellvell i, posteriorment, a Sant Miquel de Sorba
Organització: Centre d’Estudis Lacetans

A les 5, a la plaça de Sant Joan, XXXIV TROBADA D’ACORDIONISTES
Organització: Joan Ribera i Ramon Riu
Col·laboració: Ajuntament de Solsona, Consell Comarcal del Solsonès, Caixa d’Estalvis i Pensions de Barcelona i Regió7
* En cas de pluja, l’acte es traslladarà a la Sala Polivalent.

A 2/4 de 12, a la plaça de Sant Joan, CONCERT SOLIDARI a càrrec de Judit Neddermann
Organització: SOM (Solsonès Obert al Món)
Patrocini: Ajuntament de Solsona
* En cas de pluja, l’acte es traslladarà al pati gòtic del Consell Comarcal.

A les 8, sortint de la plaça del Camp, XX CAMINADA POPULAR al Vinyet de Solsona. Enguany passa pel turó de Sant Bartomeu en reconeixement a l’excalcalde solsoní Ramon LLumà (Solsona, 1935-2016)
Organització: Ajuntament de Solsona
Col·laboració: Centre Excursionista del Solsonès

A les 10, al camp de tir del Solsonès, TIRADA AL PLAT GENERAL, en la modalitat de 25 plats de color vermell
Organització: Club de Tir del Solsonès

A les 10, a la plaça de la Catedral, sortida de la CURSA SOLIDÀRIA entre Solsona i el Pi de Sant Just Running Festival

A 2/4 d’11, al portal del Castell, MOSTRA DE CULTURA POPULAR, amb plantada de gegants, cercavila pel nucli antic i ballets davant l’Ajuntament
Organització: Gegants del Tros
Col·laboració: Ajuntament de Solsona

A les 5, a 2/4 de 7 i a les 8, a la sala Francesca de Llobera del Consell Comarcal, ESPECTACLE DE MÀGIA de prop per a adults a càrrec del solsoní PERE RAFART, il·lusionista. Entrades gratuïtes amb reserva prèvia. Cal recollir les invitacions a l’OAC de l’Ajuntament (se’n lliuraran un màxim de dues per persona).

A les 7, al Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Solsona, INAUGURACIÓ de l’exposició “En plein air. Tomàs Boix. La pintura com a passió (1886-1951)”
Organització: Museu Diocesà i Comarcal de Solsona

A 2/4 de 10, a la plaça del Consell Comarcal, ASSAIG GENERAL dels ballets de la Festa Major
Organització: Agrupació de Geganters de Solsona

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