The route of the Pirineu Comtal allows you to visit castles, monasteries, villages and cathedrals that explain the history of Catalonia.
The northern route of the Pirineu Comtal, through the regions alongside the French border, begins at the Romanesque Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes, which has exceptional views of the Mediterranean and the Cap de Creus, and continues through the medieval site of Castelló d'Empúries. Further on, Besalú, with its famous castle and its depicted Pont Vell, conserves the medieval flavour. History in capital letters is written in Ripoll, which houses the Santa María Monastery, founded in the year 879 by Guifré el Pilós, who was the backbone of the Catalan counties.
The portico of the monastery is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in the world, being a work of art carved in stone and is an iconographic expression of the Bible. The Església de Beget, the Monastery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, both in Ripollès, Gósol, the cathedral of La Seu d'Urgell and Vielha e Mijaran are an excellent complement to the exceptional Romanesque churches of Vall de Boí, World Heritage.
The southern tour includes fascinating medieval towns, such as Solsona, Cardona and Vic before reaching Girona. Its defensive walls, the cathedral, the museums, churches, monasteries and baths transport visitors to the early creation of the Catalan counties.
Episcopal Museum of Vic
Next to the cathedral, this museum has a magnificent collection of medieval art with painting and sculpture masterpieces from the Catalan Romanesque and Gothic era. The collections of precious metals, textiles, wrought iron, glassware and ceramics inspired the Generalitat to declare this museum of national interest.