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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: www.solsonaturisme.com

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 servicios@ctfc.es

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: servicios@ctfc.es
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 servicios@ctfc.es

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:                www.firadesolsona.com 

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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!

Information provided by:                                          Solsona Turisme

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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!

Information provided by:                                                Solsona Festa Major

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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 Doctortoni.cat 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

Informació cedida per:                                              Solsona Turisme

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.


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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This weekend you can not miss …

If this weekend you are in Solsona and do not know what to do, then we offer you activities and events that are celebrated by the municipality and the region and you can not stop doing it!

THE COMA AND THE PEDRA: THE ROAD OF THE CONTRABAN. (You need to check the program.)

NAVES: DINNINGS TO FRESH + LIVE MUSIC with Carabruta at the Santa Llúcia restaurant – 973486038.

SOLSONA: FOREIGN ESTATES AND SUMMER PROMOTIONS. Let yourself be surprised by the UBIC establishments. More information: www.solsonacomercial.com.

SOLSONA: GUIDED TOUR TO THE HISTORICAL NUCLEI “Solsona Monumental” (in Spanish). At 11 am, from the tourist office – 973482310. GUIDED TOUR TO POU DE GEL at 07:30 p.m. At 9 pm, NIGHT GUIDE VISIT. More information and reservations: 663668184.

CEURÓ (Castellar de la Ribera): ANCIENT MUSIC FESTIVAL OF THE PYRENEES. At 7 pm, concert with Lina Tur Bonet & Dani Espasa at the church of Sant Julià. More information: www.femap.cat

THE COMA AND THE PEDRA: THE ROAD OF THE CONTRABAN. (You need to check the program.)

GUIXERS: TR3SORS CYCLE. Culture, heritage and gastronomy of Solsonès. Concert at 8 pm at the hermitage of Sant Serni del Grau. Sale of advance tickets to the Tourism Office of the Solsonès (Bassella Ctra., 1. Solsona) More information: www.turismesolsones.com.

THE QUADRELLS (la Molsosa): GREAT FESTIVAL. At 9 pm, dinner with a free snack and dance.

SANTUARIO DEL MIRACLE (Riner): GUIDED TOUR TO SANTAUARIO DEL MIRACLE at 11 o’clock. Starting point: in front of the restaurant El Miracle and the Town Hall of Riner. Duration: 1h 15min. For more information and reservations for groups: 973480815.

SOLSONA: FOREIGN ESTATES AND SUMMER PROMOTIONS. Let yourself be surprised by the UBIC establishments. More information: www.solsonacomercial.com.

SOLSONA: GUIDED TOUR TO THE HISTORIC NUCLEI “Solsona Monumental”. At 11 am, from the tourist office – 973482310. GUIDED TOUR TO POU DE GEL at 12:30 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m. GUIDED TOUR “TASTA SOLSONA” at 6 pm from the Tourist Office (Bassella Street, 1). TEATRALIZADA VISIT “TRAVEL IN THE TIME: THE HOSPITAL OF LLOBERA AND THE POU DE GEL”, at 7 pm. More information: 6636688184. SUMMER SUMMER FESTIVAL at the Plaça del Càmping El Solsonès (see program). SARDANES with the Cobla Juvenil Ciutat de Solsona at 7 pm on the Paseo del Padre Claret. SUMMER REVETLLA by Jordi Casellas at 23:00 in Plaça del Camp.

CAP DEL PLA (Lladurs): SANT AGUSTÍ FESTIVAL. In the morning, misa and blessing of the bread.

THE QUADRELLS (la Molsosa): GREAT FESTIVAL. Saturday, at 9 pm, dinner with a free snack and dance. Sunday, at 1 pm, Mass at the Chapel of SANTA EULÀLIA, and the traditional ritual of the tortell.

SANTUARIO DEL MIRACLE (Riner): GUIDED TOUR TO SANTAUARIO DEL MIRACLE at 11 o’clock. Starting point: in front of the restaurant El Miracle and the Town Hall of Riner. Duration: 1h 15min. For more information and reservations for groups: 973480815.

SOLSONA: GUIDED TOUR TO THE HISTORIC NUCLEI “Solsona Monumental”. At 11 am, from the tourist office – 973482310. GUIDED TOUR TO POU DE GEL at 12.30 a.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

Information provided by the Tourist Office of the Solsonès.

For more information, visit this link: http://turismesolsones.com/

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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Take advantage of the offer of our Hotel to realize any of the plans that we propose to the Blog!

Stay at Hotel La Freixera for two nights and enjoy a 10% discount in any of our rooms from August 28 to September 30.

Will you let this offer escape?

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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.


Horaris, Informació i Reserves


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.