Visiting Cardona – a Day Trip From Barcelona

Courtesy of Duquesa de Cardona Hotel

Today we present a tour to Cardona, especially for those who are visiting or planning to visit Barcelona and are interested in leaving the city for a while and would like to see something different. During the day tour you will be able to see: the Vall Salina and the Salt Mountain, the Medium Age Castle as well as the canonical/collegiate church of Sant Vicenç at the medieval town of Cardona in Central Catalonia.



The Castle and the Fortress

At Cardona, the geographic location of the castle meets the need for defending access to the salt warehouse and of having a privileged view of the Cardener river valleys. Between the 11th and 15th centuries, it was the residence of the lords of Cardona: the “wealthy salt barons”, related to the most prominent European families and such was their influence that the duke of Cardona was known as “the uncrowned king”.

“The castle never conquered by force of arms”

The castle-fortress of Cardona played a major role in the War of Succession. Its resistance to the siege of 1711 and the delivering up of the fortress, 18 September 1714, in compliance with the order of the Catalan authorities, has turned it into a symbol and last bastion of freedoms of Catalonia. Today, Cardona castle constitutes an excellent compendium of military fortification that shows the evolution of military arts from the middle ages to modern times.

The castle monuments have been a State National Monument since 1949, as has the collegiate church of Sant Vicenç, an example of Catalan Lombard art, since 1931. The Minyona Tower, the Ducal Courtyard, the defence bastions and the views over the Vall Salina are outstanding.

The Sant Vicenç Collegiate Church

The canonical/collegiate church of Sant Vicenç, consecrated between 1029 and 1040, is one of the great Romanesque jewels in Catalonia. It has a basilica with three naves headed by a transept adjoined by three semicircular apses. The central nave is dominated by a large chancel with a crypt below. The nave is covered with a semicircular barrel vault. Also included are the mausoleums of the duke Ferran I (around 1539) and the count Joan Ramon Folc I (1668).

On the outside are the preserved remains of a Gothic cloister and a courtyard (14th and 15th Century), around which are the ancillary buildings that constituted part of the abbey and the counts’ palace, and which are today occupied by the Parador de Turisme Ducs de Cardona.

The Vall Salina and the Salt Mountain

The Vall Salina of Cardona, bearer of the precious wealth of the salt that has been exploited since Neolithic times, and of the potash discovered by the engineer Emilio Viader in early 1900, is the reason Cardona exists. In 2003, the Salt Mountain Cultural Park was opened nearby in order to display its value and project the Salt Mountain as “a mountain of pure salt that keeps growing the more it is extracted” (Aulus Gel·li, citing Cató, 2nd century AD).

A unique geological phenomenon

The Vall Salina of Cardona is a depression of the land in the form of an elongated ellipse of 1,800 m long by 600 wide having a surface area of 100 ha. Its natural features have earned itto be included into the Plan for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Catalonia. The outcrops of salt are located within the depression and was thus formerly known as the Salí (salt warehouse), and is today known as the Vall Salina (salt valley).

If you would like to spend a night in Cardona, we strongly recommend the Hotel Bremon, an old Carmelita’s School that became a boutique hotel of 19 spacious rooms.

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The Hotel Bremon is set in the medieval town of Cardona in Central Catalonia its construction goes back to the 19th century and its rehabilitation has been done preserving the original architecture. Its spacious rooms, its large sound-proofed windows, its colors and textures create a bright, peaceful space. The boutique Hotel Bremon has 19 double rooms, one is a suite and two are deluxe rooms. All are equipped with a fully fitted bathroom with hairdryer, vanity mirror, special amenities, bathrobe, slippers and pillow selection. There is a direct outside telephone line in all rooms as well as separate broadband internet connection, desk, safe deposit box, individually controlled air-conditioning, fat screen television and satellite TV. The ample-sized bedrooms, colors and textures create a light and serene ambiance.

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The top floor has a multi-use room with a fireplace and terrace with magnificent views of the castle. The carefully decorated restaurant offers traditional cuisine with a slightly modern touch, accompanied by a list of selected wines. Thanks to its location, surroundings, resources and staff, the Bremon Hotel Cardona is perfect for recreational tourism as well as small and medium-sized business conventions.

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Hotel Bremon is located in the Old Quarter of Cardona, where the school of the order of the Carmelites-Vedruens fomely stood. Due to its location the Bremon Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore Catalunya. - View Location Map.

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General Information:

Category: Epoque Classic Superior [learn more]
Address: Carrer Cambres 15, E , Cardona [view map]
Type: Boutique Hotel
Best Rate: 65 EUR [View Calendar]
Total Rooms: 19
Languages Spoken by Staff: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
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