Take a trip into the depths of Catalonia to visit "The Salt Mountain" and travel back in time into the impregnable medieval town of Cardona.
What to Expect
Located in the heart of Catalonia 100 km from Barcelona, in Cardona, you can feel the weight of history in its streets and on the stones of its buildings but also, in its particular natural environment which has determined the way of life of its people and their culture.
Your expert guide will pick you up at your hotel in private transport to comfortably reach this historic town. Here, you will be introduced into one of the most important salt deposits in the world, the Salt Mountain. Afterwards with your guide, walk through the streets and squares of an authentic Catalan medieval village and finally visit the impregnable Castle of Cardona.
The natural environment surrounding Cardona has the most particular geography. For example, south of the town lies the astonishing Saline Valley of Cardona, an open pit exploited since Neolithic times. This depression in the ground, elongated and ellipse shaped, has unique natural features in the world that have made it worthy of inclusion in the Plan for Areas of Natural Interest in Catalonia.
From 1929 to 1990, one of the most important salt mines on the planet was located here. Today, the area has been adapted and transformed into the Salt Mountain Cultural Park. This visit will allow you to know the museum area, located outdoors in the old mineshaft "Maria Teresa," which tells the story of the industrial exploitation of the valley. Next, you will do a guided tour 86 meters deep inside the Salt Mountain galleries, where you will admire the curious images produced by the various colorful folds and seams, and the creation of incredible stalactites and stalagmites formations.
After this trip to this millenarian natural site, you will visit the historic center of Cardona, flanked by Romanesque and Gothic buildings while your specialized guide provides the most exciting legends and chronicles that occurred in this enclave. In Cardona, the traces of its past discover the strong and brave character of its population.
Cardona has experienced some of the most important episodes in history and walking through its streets and visiting the castle is like traveling ten centuries back in time. The Castle of Cardona is one of the best preserved historic Spanish medieval areas. In 1714, during the War of Spanish Succession, it was a real impregnable fortress and later even its citadel could not be taken by the redoubtable Napoleon.
- An expert guide will pick you up at your hotel in private transport
- Private transport
- Private tour guide
- Walking tour medieval town of Cardona
What's Not Included
- Entrance to Cardona Castle (12 EUR approx)
- Entrance to Salt Mountain Cultural Park (12 EUR approx)
You will be picked up at your hotel in Barcelona.