The whole of the second day will be dedicated to following the Lluçanès Witches’ Trail (Ruta de les Bruixes del Lluçanès), a fascinating experience in which you’ll get to know a lot of stories that are a mix of truth and legend, and will take you to villages including Sant Feliu Sasserra and Prats de Lluçanès. The first is regarded as the witch capital of Catalonia – in its Casa del Consell i Jurats del Lluçanès (a notable renaissance building worth visiting in its own right) 23 women were tried for witchcraft in the 17th century, and at least six of them were hanged on the gallows. In addition, in Sant Feliu Sasserra there is a Witchcraft Study Centre, a space with modern museum facilities where you can discover the world of witches in Llucanès, in particular their positive aspects.
Feared by locals and frowned upon by the religious establishment, witches often left villages for nearby forests where they collected medicinal herbs, celebrated their rituals and, as some suspected, made pacts with the devil. With its abundant trees and paths, Lluçanès was ideal for witchcraft and this is what contributed to its constant presence in the area. Many of the spaces used by witches were documented and you can get information on this from local tourist information points. Along the route, you’ll find five panels: the shelter and el Serrat de les Forques, in Sant Feliu Sasserra; the Hollow Rock (Roc Foradat) in Prats de Lluçanès, where they say that the witch Napa hid chickens that she stole and prepared her brews; the gorge of les Heures, on the Merlès river; and the goles
de Fumanya, in Sant Martí d’Albars. This is a highly recommendable route that will let your imagination fly, introduce you to part of the history of this area, and visit areas full of charm and spells.