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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.

Take advantage and stay with us! –> Reserva!!

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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.

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