Spend your only whole day in Berguedà getting to know the Valley of Lillet, where you’ll discover a range of attractions as well diverse nature even though some of it is closely related.
We suggest you start at the train station of La Pobla de Lillet, where you can enjoy an exhibition of trains, then get on board the Cement Train, with which you can take a trip to Catalonia’s industrial past. First stop: the Asland Cement Museum. It was a century ago that the spectacular cement factory instigated by Eusebi Güell started operating; 40 years ago, it closed its doors. However, today it’s possible to visit the interior of this unique construction that has modernista elements as well as steps that follow the incline of the mountain, to be able to take advantage of the force of gravity during the cement manufacture process. The visits include an exterior itinerary through the industrial ruins, and an interior one that will help you better understand the working of the factory.
Get back on board the train, which now will take you to the Artigas Gardens, an Antoni Gaudí creation from the start of the 20th
century, in thanks to the Artigas family for the hospitality received when the architect spent time in Pobla while designing the house of Catllaràs. The imagination of the great architect often appears to have had no limits, and in this lovely place it shows itself once more. Stones, water and vegetation play and combine elegantly, while also creating atmospheres and diverse elements, from bridges to sculptures and artificial caves.
When lunchtime arrives, we suggest trying local products used to make recipes that have been maintained from generation to generation, in any restaurant of La Pobla. To get to them, get off the train at La Pobla Centre station and head for the old town. Walking through the streets, you’ll experience the magic of the epoch in which the family of the Mataplanas inhabited the nearby castle (which is located along the path to Gombrèn, in the county of Ripollès). In the parish church, you can see ‘Christ the Majesty’, a large-scale Romanesque painting on polychrome wood that dates from the 12th
Once lunch is over, we recommend heading towards Guardiola de Berguedà and taking the turning to the sanctuary of the Mother of God de Falgars, patron saint of the town with an image from the 15th
century sculpted in alabaster. From the Joan Casanova viewing-point, you’ll enjoy some impressive views of the valley with Pedraforca in the background. This is an excellent place to finish your day.