The Gate of the Pyrenees
From the cultivation areas of Baix Berguedà, the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park and Alto Berguedà, we find ourselves in a land of contrasts with the Llobregat river that crosses the region from north to south, from its source in Castellar de n'Hug.
Kayaking through Baells, going through a thousand and one trails, paragliding, discovering Romanesque jewels, living ancestral festivals or having a romantic evening in a rural house with views of Pedraforca are just some of the possibilities of Berguedà.
The Sierras de Queralt, Picancel, Catllaràs, Rasos de Peguera and Ensija, are the previous mountain ranges to reach the great Cadí-Moixeró, the Natural Park protected for its great wealth of flora and fauna, home to endangered species such as the bearded vulture and the magical snow flower, but also with a high population of chamois, deer, roe deer, eagles, marmots and many more mountain species.
The region offers a multitude of activities to enjoy the mountains: hiking, mountain biking, climbing, paragliding, canyoning, canoeing, open water swimming, quat, segway, snowshoes, cross-country skiing, caving, orienteering, hot air balloon flights and many more activities.
Culture, a journey through time
The Cercs Mining Museum, the Castellar de N'Hug Cement Museum or the Llobregat textile colonies transport you back in time to discover the industrial past of this region. Taking the Cement Train you can take a little trip through history and discover Gaudí's hidden treasure in La Pobla de Lillet, the Artigas Gardens.
The same industrial past with the open-cast mines of Fígols revealed an impressive set of dinosaur footprints from 65 million years ago that can be understood by visiting the Fumanya Dinosaur Center.
For Romanesque lovers, nine of the pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches that we find in Berguedà are open to the public all year round, such as the church of San Vivenç del Rus or Sant Quirze de Pedret, so that the visitor can enjoy and discover some one of the most relevant works of this trend in Catalonia.
Picasso visited the region in the summer of 1906, specifically the town of Gósol where some replicas of his works can be seen at the Picasso Center during his stay in the town.
For animal lovers we find the Fuïves, the Zoological Nucleus with more than 150 specimens of purebred donkeys. And also the wild fauna center of Camadoca, where through circuits by the river and by land the treasures of the native fauna are discovered.
In Berga capital, you can walk the streets of the old town and learn about the past of this city at the Berga Interpretation Center or go to the Casa de la Patum.
Holidays and traditions
La Patum is the festival of the region par excellence and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, which is carried out by Corpus Christi. For those who cannot come to Berga on these dates, they can try visiting the Casa de La Patum where they will learn about the history and see the figures of the comparsas.
But there are also other festivals of notable interest: the Fia Faia de Bagà and Sant Julià de Cerdanyola, La nit de Nadal, the Fiesta del mowing and batre de Avià that is celebrated at the beginning of July and many more to discover.
The Berguedà gastronomy offers a typical mountain cuisine complemented by precious mushrooms, whenever nature allows it.
During the mushroom campaign, different restaurants in the region offer the mushroom menu where you can taste different dishes with this star ingredient.
When the mushrooms run out , game and truffle cooking begins, and the restaurants also offer dishes valuing these characteristic culinary elements of Berguedà.
Some of the typical dishes of the area and not to be missed are the masked potatoes, the black pea, the quince alioli and the escairat Moorish blat soup.