Where to eat
Boasting a Michelin star for years, Fonda Sala doesn’t want to leave any prospective clientele wanting, so they started doing a resonably priced lunch menu. If your wallet permits and your palate demands it, try the best dishes from a creative and mouth-watering menu.
Plaza Mayor, 17, Olost de Lluçanès. 93 881 01 06 / www.fondasala.com.
Full set lunch daily: €12. Menu: €60.
Closed Sunday and Monday night, and all day Tuesday.
‘A taste of Lluçanès served on a plate,’ their menu boasts. You’d better book a table in advance if you want to go to Cal Baumer because the family-owned business doesn’t always stick to set hours and, especially for dinner during the week, if there are no customers waiting, they might not open at all. Most products are from the region: beef, pork, sausages, Oristà chickpeas ...
C/ Sant Pere, 22, Prats de Lluçanès. 93 850 80 26 / www.calmusic.net.
Full set lunch weekdays: €12 (weekends €18.50 & €25). Menu: €30. Open daily with advance booking.
If you like stews, this is your restaurant. A home-grown atmosphere with home-made food in the small town of Alou, the goose or boar with pears will surprise you.
C/ de l’Alou, 16, Sant Agustí de Lluçanès. 93 857 81 61. Full set lunch: €12. Menu: €25. Closed Mon-Wed.
That you can taste olive oils from Catalonia’s five designations of origin (DO) when you arrive is already a point in this restaurant’s favour. The site is lovely as well – a Gothic-Renaissance mansion with a warm and well-preserved dining room. The menu explains that out of the guesthouse here, the village of Collsuspina was born. Today the kitchen serves seasonal dishes with local produce and a touch of daring and innovation.
C/ Major, 30, Collsuspina. 93 830 05 77 / www.canxarina.com.
Menu: €30-€50. Dinner served Thu-Sat, lunch served Tue-Sun.
A great place to sample rice-based soups and crunchy prawns in the interior of Catalonia. The DO Girona steak also plays a starring role. The space itself is not that big, so it’s a good idea to book a table in advance.
Plaça Colom, 10, Moià. 93 830 05 56 / www.elcolom.com.
Full set lunch: €12 (weekends and holidays: €25). Carta: 30€. Dinner served Thu-Sat, lunch served Tue-Sun.
Where to stay
It’s a four-star establishment with a friendly vibe, and working in their kitchen is the prestigious chef Nando Jubany. So you get all the comforts of a good hotel (spa included), proximity and good food.
Manresa motorway to Vic (N-141c), km 20. 93 830 91 53 / www.hotelurbisol.com. From €230 for two people, half board.
This is one of those hostels that is a landmark of its town, in this case, in Santa Maria d’Oló. The locals go to the hostel’s café to have breakfast or a drink and a chat as visitors come and go with their luggage in and out of the 17 simple but decent rooms.
Avinguda de Manel López, 6-8, Santa Maria d’Oló. 93 838 50 01 /www.hostalsantamaria.com.
€35 per person, breakfast included.
This is a very functional place, geared toward people who are from out of town and it’s a bit different from what you might normally find in the area. Hotelet gives you a room to sleep in, with the basics, and not much else. Double room €45.
C/ Sant Jordi, 2, Prats de Lluçanès. 93 856 03 23 / www.hotelet.cat.
In La Pobla de Claramunt you’ll find this family hotel with a long history and tradition, situated in a great place for taking day trips, right at the foot of the castle. They have a good outdoor swimming pool, very decent rooms and a restaurant that cooks up home-made food.
Avinguda de Catalunya, 1, La Pobla de Claramunt. 93 808 60 00 / www.hotel-robert.com.
Double room from €70.
For those looking for a touch of romance, elegance and quiet. Spend your down time relaxing in the charming village of Rupit with all the amenities you might need. Double room €110.
Plaça del Bisbe Font, 1, Rupit. 93 852 20 05 / www.hostalestrella.com.