El Ripollès:

Land of counts and abbots in a unique setting.

 
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The route:

Land of myths, legends and stories of counts and abbots, this route through the Ripollès region enjoys a rich Romanesque heritage in a unique setting of leafy valleys and legendary peaks, such as the Taga.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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 Pardines  Starting point for this route, this hamlet provides a excellent natural viewpoint over the Capçaleres del Ter and Freser Natural Park and the Ribes Valley.

Pardines

Starting point for this route, this hamlet provides a excellent natural viewpoint over the Capçaleres del Ter and Freser Natural Park and the Ribes Valley.

 Santa Magdalena de Puigsac  This small 12th century Romanesque church is an ideal location for enjoying the views over the Serra Cavallera and recalling the distant past when it was the heart of religious activity for the inhabitants of the region.

Santa Magdalena de Puigsac

This small 12th century Romanesque church is an ideal location for enjoying the views over the Serra Cavallera and recalling the distant past when it was the heart of religious activity for the inhabitants of the region.

 Serra Cavallera  At 2040 metres above sea level, the Taga and Puigestela (2.013) are one of the most popular and most accessible mountains in the Ripollès region. It provides an ideal introduction to hill-walking and can be reached from a number of different points, including the routes from Pardines and from the Coll de Jou.

Serra Cavallera

At 2040 metres above sea level, the Taga and Puigestela (2.013) are one of the most popular and most accessible mountains in the Ripollès region. It provides an ideal introduction to hill-walking and can be reached from a number of different points, including the routes from Pardines and from the Coll de Jou.

 
 El Gorg de la malatosca  Close to Sant Joan de les Abadesses and the Malatosca mill there is a pool which is perfect for cooling oneself in summer. In addition to the legends which abound about its magic, it is noted for its natural scenic beauty.

El Gorg de la malatosca

Close to Sant Joan de les Abadesses and the Malatosca mill there is a pool which is perfect for cooling oneself in summer. In addition to the legends which abound about its magic, it is noted for its natural scenic beauty.

 The Nunnery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses  Founded in 885 by Wilfred the Hairy, for almost 100 years it was the only nunnery in Catalonia. Believed to be one of the most prosperous religious foundations in central Catalonia in its time, today it includes both Romanesque and Gothic elements.

The Nunnery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Founded in 885 by Wilfred the Hairy, for almost 100 years it was the only nunnery in Catalonia. Believed to be one of the most prosperous religious foundations in central Catalonia in its time, today it includes both Romanesque and Gothic elements.

 

 

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