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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:

  • RUTA DE LA VALL D’ORA AL PLA DE BUSA AND EL CAPOLATELL
    • 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.
  • RUTA DE LA VALL D’ORA AL PLA DE BUSA AND SANT PERE DE GRAUDESCALES
    • 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 know Solsona

As we said in the previous post, we started with the series of informative blogs where you will find: routes, activities, what to do, guided tours, opinions and everything you need to know to spend two days in Solsona and do not miss anything!

Solsona, is a city located very close to the geographical center of Catalonia (Pinós), it has approximately 9000 inhabitants and is more known as “the city halfway to everything”, since, from Solsona, there It has more or less the same distance to the most popular capitals: Barcelona – 115km, Lleida – 79km, Andorra – 88km, Tarragona – 127km.

 

Solsona is a city that preserves the old medieval city in very good conditions that, over the years, the families of former owners have been returning their lives by reforming it.

At the moment, it is a historical city woven with tradition jealously guarded; It is a city where the olive grows and the flourish blooms, full of life and restlessness that, located in the center of Catalonia, struggles to be present and active in the history of today’s Catalonia.

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Today, we will focus on bringing the history of the city to life by visiting its streets inside and outside the walls. Some interesting routes in the surroundings with scent landscapes and we will soak in the Sant Ponç reservoir.

Keep reading and find ideas for these two days:

Discovering Solsona

We get up early with the cool breeze that accompanies this small mountain town, take lunching forces and head towards the entrance of the old town, at the Portal del Pont.

On the right, we will find the Ice Well, where we can take a guided tour, which is very worthwhile (visit www.solsonaexperience.com for hours and rates!). We continue up the street until arriving at the square of the Cathedral where we can admire the current Gothic building superimposed on the Romanesque church and the image chapel of Our Lady of the Cloister, from the 12th century.

We continue climbing and we will run into the Plaza Mayor, where we usually celebrate the events of the city and where we will find the “Can Massana” pastry shop founded in 1964, At present, it is preserved, if it does or does not do the same, the origin of the recipe of the famous croissant cake (you can not leave Solsona without trying!).

Take a little breath, because the rise has just begun!

If we continue on, we will find the “Tower of Hours” where we hang the Solsonins donkey for Carnival (a fake one!), And then the town hall.

The slope is over, and as you can see, it has been worthwhile, from the front of the Town Hall we can admire the final section of Carrer Castell, with the Castle portal at the end, which creates a very unique and peculiar depth effect . We have reached the end of the main street of the old town, but there are many more little ones, perhaps not so well-known, but with the same charm as the latter for which we have walked.

It is about enjoying each of the streets that have their own charm and get lost in the walls of the old town.

After enjoying the wonderful paths and streets of the old town, having visited historic sites and having done some tourism, it is time to fill your stomach with a good home-made lunch (you will find some options here www.solsonaturisme.com/ca/on-menjar ) And have a good nap. We are waiting for a busy afternoon!

As soon as digestion is done, we will head to Castellvell, a very old castle dating from the year 1217 that is currently a viewpoint from where we will obtain spectacular views of all the Vinyet de Solsona and much of Of the region.

Before that, we will pass through the Mare de la Font Park, a beautiful place surrounded by forest and small waterfalls.

If we follow the following route on foot, we will arrive to Castellvell:

If after completing the route and having the best views of Solsona, you are not tired, you can stop taking the fresh air at any of the bars or restaurants with terrace. There are many to choose from!

Get a swim at the Sant Ponç swamp

We had a pretty busy first day, it is likely that we will even have pittances!

So this second day we will take relaxation and enjoy the Solsonès landscapes.

Taking advantage of the good weather, we carry our backpacks with towels, swimsuits, sun cream and everything we need to spend the day in the swamp!

The Sant Ponç reservoir is located between Solsona and Cardona, we can access both by car or by bicycle.

  • To go by car: (from the Hotel la Freixera)
    • Northwest direction from Sant Llorenç Street to Travessia Sant Roc
    • Continue on Carretera de Manresa and C-55. After passing a few roundabouts … Take the exit towards Sta. Susanna from C-55.
    • At the roundabout (yes, another), take the third exit and head towards the Pantano de Sant Ponç. It’s a narrow road but it’s okay.
  • To go by bicycle:

Once we reach the reservoir we have two paths, cross the dam and look for a good place to extend our towels or stay near the Campsite, where there is a bar, just next to the dam.

It’s time to relax, soak up the sun or enjoy a dip in the swamp until noon. We take the picnic baskets, and good profit!

After dinner (food is much better in the middle of nature!), It seems that we have nothing left to do with the same routine in the morning, but calm, that we do not get bored!

Just in the other corner of the dam, we have the booth of the marsh, a small shop, where we can enjoy aquatic activities such as canoeing, paddle stand …

For more information about schedules and activities, click on the following link: Caseta del Pantà.

At Hotel la Freixera we have discounts for some of the activities mentioned in the Blog, for our clients.

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