First you’ll head to Vilanova de Sau, in the midst of the Guilleries-Savassona Natural Area. From the village, a guide will take you on a relaxed visit to the Sau reservoir. You’ll visit the Herbolari de Sau, where they sell medicinal herbs, spices and other natural products. If you’ve you been suffering from a cold for a few days or can’t sleep at night, ask which herbs can help you! On your way to the calm waters of the reservoir, you can enjoy the colours of nature in Guilleries-Savassona. The landscape is dominated by Central European and Mediterranean forest, and the bare cliffs are striking.
Now you’re in the legendary reservoir where you can see more or less of the belfry top depending on the water level, a real indicator both for meteorologists and visitors. For closer contact with the water, several companies organise related activities. Try AquaTerra Club, which has a long list in its catalogue. You can go kayaking with options for all levels and you’ll discover the most beautiful and remotest parts of Sau. Another good idea is a ride on an Aquaslider, a light boat for 2, 3 or 4 people, with a modern pedalling system to get around quickly and smoothly, which you can rent for one hour, half a day or a whole day.
Everything you visited yesterday is very close to Folgueroles, the birth village of one of the most popular Catalan poets of all times, Jacint Verdaguer. The Casa Museu Verdaguer, in a house where the author of L’Atlàntida spent some of his childhood years – his parents moved there when the future priest was two – evokes the whole universe of the Romantic writer, a key figure in the cultural movement called Renaixença. The house also has its charm: it’s a typical 17th century Osona house, and exploring areas such as the kitchen or the bedrooms gives you an idea of how our great-great-grandparents lived. Or the great-great-grandparents of our great-great-grandparents.
You can have lunch in the poet’s village. Try the Bardaguer restaurant, where eating becomes poetry. Located in the old country house of Can Baldiri, at Bardaguer they cook with local, fresh and quality products and the creative dishes boast a plethora of colours, smells, flavours and textures.
The end of the getaway is drawing near and will consist of a guided tour that we have arranged so that you can find out about the rich modernista heritage of Sant Julià de Vilatorta. Starting at the modernista gardens of Les Set Fonts, you’ll discover the architectonic richness of this Osona town, with its modernista buildings and others of historicist or noucentista style. Ca la Manyana, Can Pallàs, Can Menció or the former slaughterhouse are only a few of the buildings that you’ll find on the visit; a route that ends at the Hotel Torre Martí where they’ll offer you a snack to say farewell both to Sant Julià de Vilatorta and to the region of Osona. See you soon.
Declared of national interest by the Generalitat Government the museum, especially for the magnificent collection of medieval art it contains, but also for the museum facilities themselves, located next to the Cathedral of Vic. Some 29,000 examples of Catalan Romanesque and Gothic painting and sculpture are on display, as well as pieces of industrial and decorative arts and an excellent collection of woven cloths and liturgical vestments. Among the masterpieces here are the Christ in Majesty from Santa Maria in Lluçà, the Baldachin from Ribes and the the Descent from the Cross from Erill la Vall, all from the twelfth century.
First opened just a few years ago and completely equipped for the scenic arts, whether in the form of concerts, theatre or dance, in both large and small formats, The Atlantida gets the best shows from Barcelona but also promotes local talent, making for a programme that is both complete and varied. The governing foundation of the Atlantida aims to consolidate Vic and Osona as cultural references in Europe.
The museum's main objective is to provide insights on the process of industrialization that took place around the River Ter. It occupies an ideal site, in the old Can Sanglas factory, near the river. The collections, however, are quite diverse, since there is enough space in its 1,500 square meters, to treat the river as a natural resource. The museum also hosts Centre of Studies of Mediterranean Rivers (CERM), dedicated to promoting education and environmental awareness, and the stewardship and research in Mediterranean rivers.
A visit to this major example of Catalan Romanesque religious architecture is also worthwhile thanks to its magnificent setting, overlooking a meander of the River Ter. Inside you will find a monastery that is humble but that has numerous enchanting details, such as its small cloister and the parlour, which later became a cellar, as well as the anthropomorphic tombs, which make it clear that the building was raised above a necropolis. To make the visit more attractive, the rooms are decorated with antique furniture and furnishings.
Montesquiu Castle has seen many modifications, both inside and outside, since it was first built in 1285, but a visit is always recommendable. On the ground floor, an audiovisual presentation starring the ghost of four famous inhabitants of the castle tell their story. The visit proceeds with a tour around the castle dependencies. The upper floor is currently the site of the resource centre run by the Diputació de Barcelona and hosts conventions, conferences and courses. If you have time, have a walk around the castle’s park.
If you like Romanesque art and architecture, a visit to Santa Maria de Lluçà is sure to delight you. The monastery which, takes its name from the region of Llucanès, was consecrated in 905, though it reached its maximum splendour in the thirteenth century. Today the whole ensemble offers many items of interest, especially the cloister, dating from the twelfth century, which contains a variety of decorative elements, among which the capitals, in particular, stand out, although the ironwork decorating the door, the murals and the small museum, with pieces of jewellery and religious objects are also quite remarkable.
Refurbished thoroughly in the early 1990s, Teatre Cirvianum now offers a full program of professional and amateur drama, music and dance performances. Its governing board also manages courses and workshops in the annexes of the theatre, and has promoted projects such as the FESTUS youth street arts festival, which takes place in the summer and has been through thirteen editions. The festival is committed to projects that propose a special, different and intimate relationship with the audience.
Jacint Verdaguer, a key figure in the Catalan literary renaissance, was born in Folgueroles in 1845. His family home has been transformed into a museum that we can visit. It is worth visiting since it’s a typical 17th century village house, as well as providing the opportunity to learn more about the priest-poet Verdaguer. In fact, the whole village of Folgueroles is like an open air museum dedicated to the writer and we recommend that you take a look around it either before or after calling in at the museum.