This afternoon we will stay in Cardona. Everything we have seen so far is on the outskirts of the town but the historic centre of Cardona really deserves a long visit. Quite rightly these medieval streets and squares have been declared Cultural Asset of National Interest.
We recommend that you go to Cardona Medieval Centre, in Plaça de la Fira, and join a guided tour. If you prefer to explore alone, we suggest you take Carrer de la Fira, which leads to the square and the chapel of Santa Eulàlia, with a beautiful Gothic front door. There, under an arcade, is the Josep Arnau Salt Museum, which exhibits the work made from salt by this Cardona craftsman. Next we are going take Avinguda del Rastrillo, just in front of the Tourist Office and opposite the castle, but we will go back into the historic centre through Carrer dels Escasany, above and in parallel to Carrer de la Fira. Several half-hidden alleyways link these streets, while the Gothic windows and plaques on the façades of some houses tell us that they have been here for half a millennium. We reach the porticoed Plaça del Mercat, where traders have set out their stalls since the 10th century, and right there is the temple of Sant Miquel, a notable Gothic church with a single nave, and which in the 14th century replaced the old Romanesque building.
Let’s take Carrer del Convent towards the Mirador de les Hortes, where we have a fantastic view of Cardona Castle, some of the town roofs and the surroundings. We are going to the Forn de la Munició park and from here we can take Carrer de Francesc Moragas, and appearing before us in Carrer Major is a magnificent Gothic palace. A little further down, we turn right on Carrer del Teatre and reach Plaça del Vall.