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I have two days off… I’m going to Solsona!

We often have a couple of days a week in which we do not work and dedicate ourselves to taking care of our home, our children, visiting family, shopping, visiting friends …

But … when do we take care of ourselves?

Solsona is an excellent option to disconnect from the big cities, to be in touch with nature and the mountains, to take care of yourself and let yourself relax.

“Yes, Solsona looks very calm, but I’m very active and I do not like to be locked in the Hotel. What do I do? What do I visit?”

Do not you worry! Solsona is a small municipality, but it has many interesting activities to do in the city, but also throughout the region. Want to know what?

From August 28th until the end of September, every Monday you will have new options that you can visit and / or do for two whole days!

Follow our blog every Monday and discover different ways to take advantage of two days in Solsonès!

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Guided tours to Solsona

If you visit a town that was unknown to you, the best and the first thing everyone is doing is tourism.

For this reason, we leave below the guided tours of Solsona and the region, the necessary information, where they can reserve and buy tickets and their schedules.

Guided tours in Solsona

Solsona, a giant city.

Visit to the giants of the Festa Major and the Carnival of Solsona, all prepared by the Casserras Workshops. In this visit you will learn how to create a giant, from the first drawings on paper, to the final figure. Finally, you can take the last steps to create a small figure of a giant and take it home!

  • Hours: at 6 pm, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from July 17 to August 30, except July 29

Nocturnal visits.

Discover one of the most important historical episodes of Solsona by the hand of different actors that you will find during the visit of the old town. Ready to travel to the Carlist times?

  • Hours: every Thursday and Friday from July 27 to September 1, at 9 pm (except July 28)

Theatricalized visit

During this visit, you will enjoy a theatrical recreation of the operation of the Llobera hospital and the Pou de Gel de Solsona hospital. Ideal for family audiences.

  • Hours: at 7 pm, every Saturday from July 22 until September 2, except July 29

Tasta Solsona.

During the visit, you will discover the historical center of Solsona and its best kept secrets: the oldest shops in the city, paying special attention to craft and local agri-food products. The visit ends with a tasting of products from the territory.

  • Schedule: at 6 pm. Next sessions: August 26

Solsona Monumental.

Experience the history with a route through the most important points of the medieval old town: Carrer Major and streets, Sant Joan, Sant Isidre, with the fountains and stately homes, and the cathedral with the cloisters. Includes the visit to the Ice Well and the Fourth of the Giants.

  • Times: AUGUST: every Wednesday, Friday (in Spanish), Saturdays, Sundays and August 14 and 15 at 11:00 a.m. August 11 and 14 at 6:30 p.m. REST OF THE YEAR: every Saturday, Sunday and public holidays at 11:00 a.m. Except September 8, 9 and 11, December 25 and 26.

Fourth of the giants

Ideal for families! Do you want to know where the giants of the Festa Major of Solsona live? Come and discover the space where they are stored along with the rest of the improperies.

  • Hours: every Saturday at 5 pm, except February 25, May 13, June 17, 18 and 24, July 8 and July 22 to September 11, 2017

Guided tours in the Solsonès.

San Esteban d’Olius monumental complex.

The visit consists of a historical interpretation of the place, visiting the field of Iberian silos, the church of Sant Esteve d’Olius and its crypt dedicated to Santa Maria. Also included is the visit to the modernist cemetery designed by Bernadí Martorell.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Sanctuary of the Miracle.

Discover the best kept secrets of the Miracle Shrine by the hand of its neighbors. The visit includes places such as the Baroque altar and the sacristy, the cloister of the monastery or the bassadoria. Guided tour of the Baroque space optional.

  • Hours: every Saturday, Sundays and holidays at 11:00 a.m.

Sant Pere de Graudescales.

Visit to the hermitage and its surroundings.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Sant Pere de Matamargó.

Visit to the Baroque church.

  • Hours: to be specified with the group

Salí of Cambrils.

Welcome to the new, amazing and relaxing experience to load batteries without leaving Catalonia. In Salí you will find one of the few mountain salinas of all of Catalonia. After the renovation, it has 5,200m2 of terraces, 4 mills, wood pipes with salt stalactites and much more! During the visit you will discover a popular center where you learn from a culture that extracts the best of nature. And if you want more, detoxify and remineralize your skin and body thanks to the salt water pool from an underground source with more than 200 million years, and with the same concentration of salt That the Dead Sea of Jordan. Spoil yourself with the energy of the Pyrenees!

  • Hours: Opening: weekends from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. From 24/06 to 17/09 every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guided tours at 11 am and 4 pm

The houses of Matamargó.

Discover the self-sufficient life of a farmhouse in the last century in Les Cases de Matamargó, a farmhouse of the s. XIV turned into House-Museum. It consists of 14 exhibition halls, with a total of 700 square meters, where you can see how social and family life was in a rural context, as well as the various tasks of the field, the machinery used according to each time and its evolution .

  • Hours: 11:30 p.m., first Sunday of each month.

For more information and reservations, contact:

  • reserves@solsonaexperience.com

Or, by visiting the webpage:

Guided tour – Solsona Giant City

This summer, Solsona returns offers the possibility to take a guided tour that allows you to discover all the Giants of the city of Solsona, both the Festa Major and the Carnival.

This unique experience allows children and their families to get acquainted with the giants and their process of elaboration, in a quiet environment and beyond the respective parties.

In addition, it is offered the possibility of painting a small figure of stone cardboard to take a gigantic souvenir at home.

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Horaris, Informació i Reserves

Timetable:

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays (Except July 29) – 6:00 pm

  • Duration of the tour – 1.30h
  • This guided tour will take place until August 30th
  • Point of departure – Tourist Office

Information and reservations:

Visit the website www.solsonaexperience.com to check the offer of guided tours, to know more and to book visits.

What to visit – The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona

The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona contains multidisciplinary historical and artistic heritage collections in the counties that make up the Bishopric of Solsona, from the Neolithic to the 20th century. There are exponents of the most varied artistic techniques, painting, sculpture, goldsmithing, fabrics, ceramics, forging, metalwork, etc …

The Museum’s reservation is located on the upper floor of the building and the patrimonial objects that make up the Museum’s collection are not exposed to the permanent exhibition halls. This other fund has been classified into two major thematic blocks: archeology and art.

The Diocesan and Regional Museum of Solsona originated in 1896, when Bishop Ramon Riu and Cabanes, driven by the desire to safeguard and disseminate the heritage of the bishopric, inaugurated the Musaeum Archaeologicum Dioecesanum de Solsona, becoming one of the The first diocesan museums in Catalonia.

It was then a leading Museum that, like the Episcopal Museum of Vic, began an important task of collecting and preserving objects of sacred art and of liturgical use. Initially, the Museum moved to the building of the old seminary (building of Llobera Hospital, now the headquarters of the Solsonès County Council), together with a classroom of Christian sacred archeology, under the direction Of the Drs. Marià Grandia and Jaume Viladrich. In 1898, Bishop Riu, acquired a public auction collection of salt objects and works of art, from the Salt Museum of Cardona, owned by Mn. Riba and Fígols, who went to the Museum. Mn. Joan Serra i Vilaró gave the final impetus to this institution when he was appointed director by the bishop Lluís Amigó in 1909. He then created the Prehistory section of the Museum, which included thousands of objects from archaeological excavations that he himself performed throughout the Bishopric . It was an enormous task that gave the Diocesan Museum of Solsona a personality of its own and unmatched. This growth led to the transfer of the Museum to the cathedral overlaid. When Serra and Vilaró was called to Tarragona in 1925, Mn. Santamaria took the direction of the Museum until the outbreak of the war in 1936.

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During the civil war the revolutionary committee of Solsona, chaired by Francesc Viadiu, took over the Museum and appointed director to Manuel Boixader. The committee intervened directly in the salvation of the Museum and in many of the belongings of the parishes that were transferred to it and occupied the rooms on the first floor of the episcopal palace. Towards the end of the warlike confrontation, a good part of the Museum’s collection went to Geneva by order of the Government of the Republic.

A new phase of the Museum began in 1939 when Dr. Antoni Llorens took over the management and negotiated the recovery of property. At the same time, he incorporated new works that increased the collection and allowed the inauguration of the renovated Museum on September 8, 1944, with exhibition halls on the first floor of the Episcopal Palace and on the cloisters. Dr. Llorens remained at the head of the Museum until 1977, when he assumed responsibility Mn. Antoni Bach. Over the years without a renovation of the halls and the lack of economic resources, it forced the Museum to be closed temporarily at the end of the seventies.

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Ancient World – Roman World

Most of the ancient world’s objects come from the Roman site of Cal Sotaterra (Solsona) and from the ceramic workshop of Pla d’Abella (Navès, El Solsonès). In Cal Sotaterra, objects of ceramics and glass, small objects of bone and metal, and personal ornament are exhibited. Abella’s workshop shows an interesting selection of molds and ceramic containers, from the technique called terra sigillata. Also exhibited, from other deposits, fragments of pictorial mural decoration, an amphora vineyard imported from Italy, funerary areas and a tombstone.

Middle Ages

Pre-Romanesque

The Museum retains some important works that correspond to this stage. Specifically an altar now, from the church of Sant Salvador de la Vedella, two fragments of mural painting, the Orant and the Knight, from Sant Quirze de Pedret, and a bottle of perfumes, reaprofitted as a lipsanoteca, From the same church.

Romanesque

The exhibition of the Romanesque exhibits works of religious themes and liturgical use and structural elements of the former Cloister and Cathedral of Solsona, and other churches in the diocese. It emphasizes the volumetric reproduction of the central nave of St. Quirze de Pedret, where one of the most important pre-Romanesque and Romantic mural paintings of our country (s. X-XII) is exhibited.

Gothic

Gothic art exhibits different paintings and painting paintings on the table. As well as a wide variety of sculptural elements, mostly stone and wood, and various objects of liturgical use (13th-15th centuries).

Modern age

Renaissance

Of the sixteenth century there are four altarpiece fragments, corresponding to two altarpieces different from the same author, the Master of Dormition of Solsona; An icon of Crete, processional crosses and busts-reliquaries.

Baroque

From the 17th century, the altarpiece of Sant Martí de Riner stands out; The polychrome pharmacy cabinet and the mortar, from the pharmacy Pallarès de Solsona, as well as other elements of religious and profane themes (glass, ceramics, altarpiece fragments …). As for the eighteenth century, objects of furniture, ceramics, glass and oil paintings on cloth are shown.

Temporal exposition

OSSOS. A JOURNEY TO THE MIDDLE AGES OF THE HAND OF PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY

The last traveling exhibition assembly at the Archeology Museum of Catalonia arrives at Solsona, through Arqueoxarxa and the Diputació de Barcelona. The exhibition “Bones: A trip to the medieval era by the hand of physical anthropology” brings us closer to the living conditions of the Catalan populations between the 8th and 15th centuries through the study of the remains of ” Skeletons located in archaeological sites mainly in central Catalonia.

Rates

Individual ticket: € 4

Admission reduced by groups (Starting from 10 people): € 2

Reduced admission for retirees, unemployed, young people between 16 and 18 years of age, student card, young card, large or single parent family card: € 2

Free admission for children under 16, members of the ICOM and the Association of Museologists of Catalonia, teachers.

Open day on May 18 (International Museum Day), on September 9 (Festival of Solsona) and on 16, 17 and 18 September (European Heritage Days).

Timetable

Winter: (15 December to 15 March)

Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sundays and holidays (except Mondays) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Summer: (March 16 to December 14)

From Wednesday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 06:30 p.m.
Sundays and holidays (except Mondays) from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

July and August open on Tuesdays.
Concerted visits, any day outside Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Museum will be closed on January 1 (New Year’s Eve) and January 6 (Kings) and on December 25 (Christmas) and December 26 (St. Esteve).
The Museum will be closed every Monday, holidays included.
Ticket sales up to half an hour before closing.

Guided tours

The guided visit to the Museu D. and C. de Solsona allows to know all the details of the permanent exhibition, from prehistory to modern times, by the hand of the museum’s technicians. The visit can be adapted to the available time and interest of the visitors.

You must make a previous booking by filling out the form.

Approximate duration: 1 hr.

Price guided tours:

– More than 10 people: € 2 from the museum entrance + € 2 for a guided tour
– Less than 10 people: € 4 from the museum entrance + € 2 for a guided tour

Leisure areas – Les Fonts del Cardener

They are one of the main attractions of the Lord Valley, and even more during thaw or after rainy rain, when they offer a majestic spectacle with jets of water springing up between the rocks

They are one kilometer from the village of La Coma, in the Solsonès region. Depending on the time of year we can find splendid waterfalls and an impressive water jet. They are located at the beginning of the Cardener river, an idyllic place that allows us to hear the murmur of the water and to contemplate the mountains that border this place.

The birthplace of the Cardener is today a cozy leisure space. It is advisable to leave the car and walk about 300 meters to get there.

To get there

To get there from Sant Llorenç de Morunys, you will find an indicator on the left after the Coma nucleus and the Fonts del Cardener restaurant. It has barbecues, tables, benches and fountains.

You can also reach it by foot or by bike because there are routes marked from Sant Llorenç de Morunys.

Sant Pere De Graudescales – Leisure and Culture

Enjoy leisure and culture while visiting the monastery of Sant Pere de Graudescales and do not forget your swimsuit, Agua de Ora is right next door.

Small monastery created to be a Benedictine house and transformed into a canonical, of which only a vestige is preserved. It is located in the Vall d’Ora, next to the Agua d’Ora (a tributary of the Cardener), in the skirt of the cliffs of the Sierra de Busa, in the middle of a place of great natural beauty. The present church dates from the 12th century and is considered a Lombard Romanesque style. It consists of a single ship with a Latin cross plant. The ship and the transept are covered with half-point barrel vaults, of equal height and perpendicular to each other, with three semicircular apses. The floor of the building is of Greek cross. The opening of a cross-shaped window in one of the walls of the church stands out. The apses have a decoration with array bands without lasenes. The church was declared a cultural asset of national interest.

Next to the monastery, you will find a picnic area and the river Aigua D’ora.

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This river is born approximately at km 12 of the highway of Berga to Sant Llorenç de Morunys and to the municipality of the Capolat, it descends parallel to the highway and – just at the crossing that goes to Llinars- it enters the municipality of Guixers, following towards Navès where he gives his name to the Vall d’Ora. In the course of the river we find the monastery of Sant Pere de Graudescales, several mills and sawmills and the monument to Count Guifré: we are under the mountains of Busa.

If you want to take a guided tour of the monastery of Sant Pere de Graudescales, you can access the following link, where you will find all the necessary information and the contact to make the reservation of the tickets

If you want to know more about the monastery, visit the following link:

Information provided by: www.turismesolsones.com

Solsona, a GIGANT experience

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Solsona, capital of the Solsonès region, still maintains its main attractions, the calmness and richness of its historical and cultural heritage.

Traces have been found that show that it was already inhabited in the Neolithic, around 3000 BC. The origin of the present Solsona is to be located in the 10th century. The city was born around the castle and the monastery. In 1593 the bishopric of Solsona was created and, the year on, King Philip II gave him the title of city.

The historical center of Solsona maintains the same structure as it was a walled city and it conserves three entrance portals: the one of the Bridge, the one of the Castle and the one of Llobera, as well as some parts of the wall to the Hot Valley and the Well of Ice , Where they kept the ice so it was preserved.

The slogan “Solsona, a giant experience” comes out from the city council to promote the city and attract new visitors.

Cultural Offer

The cultural offer of Solsona is also widely represented by the Diocesan and Regional Museums, the Quarto dels Gegants, the Ice Well and the Tourist Interpretation Center of Solsonès and Espai del Ganivet; In addition, it has a group of buildings of great architectural value, such as the Gothic-style cathedral, which preserves the three apses and the bell tower of the Romanesque temple, consecrated in 1163. The interior features a Baroque altarpiece dedicated to the Marededeu de la Mercè and the image of the cloister’s maredee, a carving of stone from the end of the 12th century, cataloged as one of the most important sculptures of the Catalan Romanesque, and patron saint of the city.

In the Episcopal Palace, a neoclassical building, you can visit the Diocesan and Regional Museum, which contains important works of art from the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance art, and a room dedicated to sculptures from the salt mountain of Cardona. The visit to Solsona will also bring us to know magnificent buildings, such as the City Hall, from the 16th century, or the Llobera Hospital, which corresponds to the Gothic style of a Catalan house from the 15th century.

The visit to the historical center of Solsona has to be taken with calm, walking along narrow streets or squares, such as San Juan, and paying attention to the details (teieres, shields, beam heads worked on the barbecues …) that tell us about their history. Many streets have the name of a saint, but others have kept the name of their function. Thus, the Carrer de les Terceries was the place where the meat was sold before; The one of the Licenses where the medieval games and tournaments were celebrated, and the one of the Regata where the water left of the source of San Juan lowered that watered the orchards outside walls.

Links of interest

Discover Solsonès – The Geographic Center of Catalonia

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Pinós, the geographic center of Catalonia.

The geographical center of Catalonia is located very close to the Sanctuary of Pinós, to the south of the Solsonès region.

The town of Pinós receives the name of one of the five centers that comprise Ardèvol, Vallmanya, Sant Just de Ardèvol, Pinós and Matamargó.

The central part of the term constitutes a backbone between 700 and 800 meters above the river basins of the Llobregat and Segre basins. The rest of the territory is sprinkled by a small stream of small mountain ranges and thick, the most significant of which is the Pinós mountain range (930.6 m).

You will see a landscape marked by the voracity of the 1998 fires as well as subsequent regeneration.

Pinós Sanctuary

Located at 904 meters above sea level, the sanctuary has its origins in the construction of a chapel built by the Knights Templar in 1312, which soon passed into the hands of hospitalers. Popular devotion took a great deal of importance as of the year 1507, when Bernat Cases, de Matamargó, declared that, when arriving at the chapel of way towards Biosca, the Virgin had appeared to him. The original building has been the object of several works of extension and remodeling, among which are those dated by the cover in 1642.

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Rutes in Pinós and sorroundings

Pinós and its surroundings, are very beautiful lands to explore, to walk or to make a route in bicycle.

If you are the most daring and want to know what routes you can do, we leave you a few so that you choose the one you like the most.

Foot routes:

Cycling routes:

Áreas de ocio – La Mare de la Font

La Mare de la Font es una fuente de caño obrada en piedra del municipio de Solsona en la comarca del Solsonès.

Se encuentra en el parque de la Mare de la Font

Antiguamente era conocida con el nombre de fuente de Miravella por encontrarse debajo de la masía de este nombre, pero ante las dificultades de abastecimiento de agua que sufría Solsona, a principios del siglo XV el Cosell de la ciudad acordó hacer llegar a Solsona el agua de esta fuente.

El área de ocio de la Mare de la Font se encuentra situada a 1,5 km de Solsona, por la carretera de Bassella (C-26). El área dispone de barbacoas, mesas y bancos, parque infantil, WC, restaurante … Todo lo que se necesita para un día de tranquilidad y relajación.

Se puede llegar también a pie o en BTT. Además, el espacio dispone de un itinerario botánico.

Si desean más información sobre las rutas a pie o BTT, no duden en visitar el siguiente enlace: http://solsonaturisme.com/ca/que-fer/rutes/

Corpus Solsona

Este fin de semana es Corpus en Solsona.

En el post anterior del blog hicimos colgar un poco de historia, fotografías y el programa de Corpus, si aún no lo han visto, no duden en entrar en el siguiente enlace:

www.lafreixera.com/ca/corpus-solsona-2017/

Meet the swamps of Solsona.

The heat and the good weather have come to stay.

Solsona offers many activities, routes and ways to escape from the heat of summer. If you are planning a holiday in Solsona, you can not know the swamps of the region to have a swim, do aquatic activities or relax.

Sant Ponç

The Sant Ponç reservoir is located in the middle valley of the river Cardener, created by a dam located in the municipality of Clariana de Cardener, extending terms for Clariana de Cardener, Navès Olius and in the Solsonès, not far from the edge of the Bages. Is part of the reservoir basin of the river Llobregat.

The Sant Ponç offers a path that goes all around the sawmp and with many holes where1200px-Sant_Ponç you can extend the towel and have a bath as long as you do not fear the catfish! For more trekking info: www.benvinguts.cat/rutes/volta-al-panta-de-sant-ponc/

It also offers activities such as kayak rental or “paddle surfing” for more info: www.tirantmilles.com/la-caseta-del-panta/

Llosa del Cavall

The swamp Llosa del Cavall is located in the Valley of Lord, who belongs to the Cardener river (Llobregat river basin), created by a dam located in the village of Naves, extending terms by Nave and Guixers a tiny portion of San Lorenzo de Morunys in Solsonès.

This reservoir unlike Sant Ponç, is located up in the mountains, hampering the power to make a route around, however, just next we find the Serra de Bus1280px-Pantà_Llosa_del_Cavall_01a where there is a circular route with spectacular scenery for more info: www.turismesolsones.com/ruta/ruta-de-les-cases-de-posada-a-busa-pel-grau-de-lareny/

Similarly, it also offers water activities like canoeing and kayak rental. You can find more information on the following link: www.kayakk1.com/