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Poues de la Ginebreda al Moianès
© Albert MiróPoues de la Ginebreda

Enjoy the Ecomuseu with a getaway to Moianès

On this getaway you’ll discover the Poues de la Ginebreda, the Mina de l’Estany and the new Espai Hemalosa in Oló

Written by
Xavier Amat

Promoting the heritage of Moianès and turning it into a tourist, environmental, social and economic product in order to bring economic activity and new jobs to the 10 municipalities of the region. This is one of the main objectives of the Ecomuseu, a "museum" of over 300 km2 with 10 radial spaces that can be museumized and around one hundred spaces open to visitors, all of them related to production activities from the preindustrial era. On this getaway you’ll go to some of the radial spaces of the Ecomuseu but you’ll also have time to explore one of the most renowned and spectacular places in the region: the Coves del Toll.


Among ice wells and caves

Among ice wells and caves

First, you’ll head to Castellterçol, a village that in the past used to make and trade in ice. Among other elements, ice wells, pools and loaders survive from that time when there were no freezers. One of the Poues de la Ginebreda has recently been restored and forms part of the Ecomuseu. The ice was stored in these wells called ‘poues’ and in the spring was taken to the city on carts. In the ice well, you’ll find out how the ice was produced and marketed.

Next, you’ll move to the outskirts of Moià to visit the Coves del Toll. You certainly won’t be the first to enter! In prehistory people and wild animals already lived there. Today you have the great fortune to comfortably explore over one kilometre of them, with well-lit spaces accompanied by a guide who will no doubt tell you about the most important finds made there, how they were discovered or that a long time ago where you are standing was under the sea. You can round off the information with a visit to the Museu Arqueològic i Palentològic in Moià, located in the birth house of Rafael Casanova, with objects found in the caves. If you still have time, take a stroll through the region’s capital, where you can see the baroque monumental portal of the church, the shopping streets, the bucolic Municipal Park or the street dedicated to Wagner. 

The Mina de l’Estany

The Mina de l’Estany

Also in Moià you can have lunch at the restaurant Les Voltes de Sant Sebastià, where you can try dishes made with quality organic products, many of them from Moianès and neighbouring regions, all in a quiet cosy setting.

It’s time to discover another radial space of the Ecomuseu: the Mina de l’Estany. First, go to the visitor centre, located in a part of the former premises of the monastery of Santa Maria de l’Estany. Here you’ll find information on the origin and evolution of this area and the village. Finally, you’ll head to the mine – ask at the visitor centre about the guided tours –, a spectacular work of engineering from the 18th century and that still serves the same function: draining the water from the village’s flat area. The dry stone mine is 425 metres long: 390 m of barrel vault and the rest of flat slab.

You’ll end your getaway to Moianès in Oló, where the Espai Hemalosa was opened last year. It’s located in a factory from 1924, and there is now an Ecomuseu information point in the hall, with an exhibition on the textile sector displaying two restored ancient looms. The building also has a multipurpose room for events and two smaller rooms for courses and workshops. Good for the residents of Oló and its surroundings! For you, the time has come to return home.  


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