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Oliba Route, in a group and guided

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Duration

5 days and 4 nights

Tour Type

Specific 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, culture and history, mountains, and expert guides.

Itinerary

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Stage 0: Arrival in Montserrat.

Meeting with the rest of the group, route briefing, dinner and accomodation.

Stage 1: Montserrat – Manresa

Estimated duration: 7 hours.
Distance: 24,53 km.
The outing from the Monastery of Montserrat is turly spendid, not only because of its location –right in the middle of the homonymous Natural Park– but because it provides a high-altitude departure, which means that the following trail is purely downhill. Whether it is true that the landscape is quite dry and sometimes over-urbanised, the arrival on foot to Manresa is lovely, and it connects two representative towns of the region.
Accomodation in Manresa on a Half-Board basis.

Stage 2: Manresa – Artés

Estimated duration: 5:10 hours.
Distance: 20,90 km.
The stretch between Manresa and Navarcles is gentle and flat, running mainly beside the streams and canals that hydrate the territory, such as the Llobregat river. Almost arriving to Navarcles, you will discover the beauty and austerity of the most important Romanesque monument in the Bages region, Sant Benet.
From Navarcles to Artés you will encounter a flat trail and a relaxed stroll through rainfed land and pine forests, gently stroked by the Llobregat river and the ravine of Calders. Artés is a wine town strongly bound to local tradition and culture; we must highlight the festivities of Sant Joan and La Verema (the wine harvest).
Accomodation in Mas de la Sala on a Half-Board basis.

Stage 3: Artés – L’Estany

Estimated duration: 6 hores.
Distance: 23,20 km.
The path from Artés to l'Estany runs through the pine forests and pastures of the Bages region. It is a long trail with a constant positive slope, although noble and peaceful. This area is the true hart of Catalunya, a forgotten land extremely linked to its local tradition. This path is ideal for finding milk-caps during the mushroom season.
Accomodation in l’Estany on a Half-Board basis.

Stage 4: L’Estany – Vic

Estimated duration: 6 hours.
Distance: 20,44 km.
The stage from l'Estany to Vic is a natural connection between two dissimilar regions, united only by geographic proximity. The trail traverses the beautiful landscapes of the Moianès region, overflowing pine and showing us loamy soils for the first time. Here, the oaks and the holm oaks are present in a smooth land of pastures and green crops, all sprinkled with country houses.
Arrival in Vic and end of route. Optional lodging overnight.

Included/Excluded

  • 4 nights accomodation in a double room (2 of them on a Half-Board basis and 2 of them on an Accomodation + Breakfast basis).
  • Qualified mountain guide.
  • Picnic during the route.
  • Accomodation in hostels or inns (shared bedrooms).
  • Route passport.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Anything not mentioned before.
  • Cancellation insurance.
  • Accomodation overnight at the end of the route (available on demand).

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