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Oliba Route, stretch from Vic to Sant Joan de les Abadesses

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Duration

8 days and 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people

Languages

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Overview

The Route of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba is a Romanesque art route which connects the Bages, Osona and Ripollès regions, using the life and history of this distinguished figure as a common thread. Romanesque is, without question, the most widespread artistic and architectural style among all those that have... More

The Route of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba is a Romanesque art route which connects the Bages, Osona and Ripollès regions, using the life and history of this distinguished figure as a common thread.

Romanesque is, without question, the most widespread artistic and architectural style among all those that have existed. The regions of Bages, Osona and Ripollès are the most reliable showing of this vast heritage. Any city or town in our regions has –or used to have– some church or building of this style. Romanesque art brings us together and gives this project a meaning.

Thus, Romanesque presents itself as a unifying element for Central Catalunya, and it constitutes the ideal argument to promote territorial rebalancing and to show the landscape, cuisine, tradition, and complementary touristic offer of inland Catalunya.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Romanesque art, Abbot Oliba, Ripoll's Monastery, Castle of Montesquieu, Cliffs of Tavertet.

Itinerary

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Stage 0: Vic

Arrival to Vic by your own means, dinner and accomodation.

Stage 1: Vic – Sant Pere de Casserres

Estimated duration: 5:30 hours.
Distance: 22,22 km.
Breakfast and departure. First stage that we'll start going from the contemporary city of Vic to the town of Verdager. This one is a stage full of history, during which you'll witness the transition from the urban world to the rural world, the one of the country houses, old mills, and crops. Then, we will continue from Folguerole to Casserres, a classic path of the region which stands out for its cultural quality. Here we will discover the territory of Verdager, combined with an amazing architectural richness, with country houses and Romanesque chapels, and culminating in the Monastery of Sant Pere de Casserres, a jewel of the Catalan Romanesque. On the way, you should not undervalue the visit to Savassona, where we'll find –besides young and brave climbers– antropomorphic tombs, Iberian petroglyphs, and postcard-like views upon the Pyrenees, the plain of Vic and Collsacabra.
Hence, this one is a stage meant to relish the history ans the culture of the plain while enjoying the rural landscapes and traditions.
Arrival to Sant Pere de Casserres. Dinner and accomodation.

Stage 2: Sant Pere de Casserres – Tavertet

Estimated duration: 4:50 hours.
Distance: 19,38 km.
The stretch from Sant Pere de Casserres to Vilanova de Sau is frankly a gorgeous one. The beauty and spectacularity of the landscapes that will, from now on, escort us on our way through the region of Sau and the Collsacabra, is intamately captivating. This stage has quite a change of altitude, with gentle ascents and an almost vertical descent, but it has the plus of pure cliffs. The path runs through old roads emitting a feeling of territory, culture and continuity.
The stretch from Vilanova de Sau to Tavertet is of extraodinary beauty, since it combines two ways of admiring a very special landscape. On one side, while crossing the valley, we'll be amazed by the vision of the great cliff separating Collsacabra from Les Guilleries, like a great natural monument. On the other side, after the ascension through the crag, we will appreciate the valley and the water reservoir of Sau, nestled in the centre of the region, from the summit of the monument itself. Finally, Tavertet will not leave anyone indifferent...
Arrival, dinner and accomodation.

Stage 3: Tavertet – Sant Pere de Torelló

Estimated duration: 8 hours.
Distance: 27,41 km.
The stretch connecting Tavertet and the town of l'Esquirol is of extraordinary beauty. The route runs along the cliffs of Collsacabra, offering breathtaking views upon the Massif of Montseny and, particularly, upon Les Guilleries. On clear days, you may observe the sea from the lookout of Pla Boixader. This area is frequented by birds of prey and you may also find some cows grazing on the meadows. Once we leave the cliffs, we will ascend through beech forests towards the town of Cantonigròs, renowned for its local products. The descent to l'Esquirol follows the stream of La Gorga, sinuous and sometimes aerial, where we will visit the amazing waterfall of La Foradada.
Then, crossing rivers and streams, we will make it to Sant Pere de Torelló, capital of turnery in the region, formerly artisanal and nowadays more industrialised.
Arrival, dinner and accomodation.

Stage 4: Sant Pere de Torelló – Santa Maria de Besora

Estimated duration: 3 hours.
Distance: 11,51 km.
This stage is a mountain one, with quite a slope, both positive and negative. The ascent to the Bellmunt Sanctuary is a classic, because of the beauty of the landcape as well as for the trail itself, which goes first along the crest and then climbs the hill. Its high altitud offers exceptional views: Montserrat, Turó de l'Home, Puigmal, the plain of Vic, right under a sea of fog in winter.
The descent towards Bisaura, a very special area, is across a shady slope with a gorgeous waterfall in the end. Who could ask for more?
Dinner and accomodation in Santa Maria de Besora.

Stage 5: Santa Maria de Besora – Ripoll

Estimated duration: 6:30 hours.
Distance: 24,82 km.
The stretch connecting Santa Maria de Besora and La Farga de Bebié is a short and pretty easy stroll, mainly descending, since it goes down to find the Ter river. The main appeal of this stage are the castles. The first one is the castle of Besora, which dates back to the 9th century and is unfortunately in ruins, and it is accompanied by the Romanesque church of Santa Maria.
Then we'll go from the textile colony of La Farga de Bebié to the Comtal de Vila, in Ripoll, the cradle of the inland Catalunya. This one is a straightforward path connecting two adjacent regions united by the Ter river. Along it, we will pass through the mountain chains of Els Bufadors and Sovelles, two regions with a strong farming tradition and plenty of white-caps. A complete hike that gives us a delightful end of stage, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Ripoll.
Dinner and accomodation.

Stage 6: Ripoll – Sant Joan de les Abadesses

Estimated duration: 2:30 hours.
Distance: 9,84 km.
The stage from Ripoll to Sant Joan de les Abadesses, although flat and undemanding, is a tactical one. Between the two main villages of the area, the relation has always been a tight bond marked by the proximity, the river, and the warmth of its people and culture. Life next to the river has led to the development of a typical architecture of the Ripollès, in its contact with the early industry.
Arrival in Sant Joan and end of route. Optional lodging overnight.

Included/Excluded

  • 5 nights lodging on a Half-Board basis.
  • 1 night lodging in Vic on an Accomodation+Breakfast basis
  • Route passport: road book, tracks, pass card, T-shirt and bag of the Oliba Route.
  • 24 hours Telephone Assistance.
  • Anything not mentioned before.
  • Travel and cancellation insurance (available in the "Extra" section).
  • Luggage transport (available in the "Extra" section).

Tour's Location

from €520,00 per person
Extras
  • Optional lodging overnight (+ breakfast) at the end of the route(€49,00)
  • Luggage transport(€380,00)
  • Final transfer from Sant Joan to Vic(€65,00)
  • Travel and cancellation insurance(€46,00)

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