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Getaway Camprodon


Getaway Camprodon

Access
It is accessed by road in good condition.
Camprodon
Girona (Spain)

I had gone as a child. A long time ago. I had good memories of both the bridge and the cookies (hahaha) and I really wanted to go back. I liked it so much that I have gone two weekends!

It is a dynamic town, open to mountain sports and with a wide range of historical-cultural visits to the area.

If you make a link on the map you will see the exact location of the places explained in the post:

The first time I stayed at the hotel "Edelweiss". It is a classic place with history, with a mountain flair but comfortable at the same time. It is very well located; at the entrance of the town, but a few minutes walking from the center. It is a place that gave me the mixture of tranquility and movement that I was looking for.

The first visit is the Pont Nou, which dates from the XII-XIII centuries. You have all seen it; even if you have never been in Camprodon. It's the bridge painted in the "Galetes Birba" box. You have to see it during day and night. It has a different character depending on the hour! It is declared a Cultural Asset of National Interest. It is the most popular image of the city. It is a stone bridge with a single arch and is attached to the defense tower that is the beginning of the town center. The fortified entrance is known as Porta de Cerdanya, since it was the end point of the royal road. The image of the houses in front of the Ter river and with the amazing bridge in the background is awesome.

Avinguda Maristany is one of my favorite places of Camprodon. It is a wide promenade with giant trees and stately homes from the 19th century. It is elegant. It was created by Francesc Carles Maristany i Garriga together with the architect Bernadí Martorell. There is a central part with grass for pedestrians surrounded by plane trees, beech and chestnut trees, a road on each side and sidewalks where the entrances to the houses are. It is listed in the Inventory of Architectural Heritage (IPA). It is beautiful and amazing to walk.

The Monestir de Sant Pere de Camprodon dates from the 13th century. What there is today is the Church of Sant Pere, which is all that remains of the original Monastery. It is a jewel of the Romanesque of Catalonia. The outside gardens are very well kept. As almost always when I visit towns in Catalonia, I found it closed and I could not visit it inside any of the two days I went. A pity that is a reality. From here I make a claim that the churches are open, at least, on weekends.

I recommend walking the Carrer Sant Roc and Carrer Isaac Albéniz without rushing. One is a continuation of the other. The first begins in Plaça de la Vila, which together with Plaça del Doctor Robert are two of the liveliest spots in town. In the two streets mentioned you can find shops where you cannot go out without buying. I bought a lot of things in "Cal Xec" butcher shop, where they have cold cuts, boxes of "Galetes Birba" and more delicatessen products. Near there is Carrer València which is another of the streets with more life! If you can, go to "Calefaccions Molas" on Calle Ignacio Cabasés, 15, just across the Ritort river. It is a kind of store with very cool objects for the home.

I have not had the opportunity to know Camprodon's gastronomic offer in depth. One afternoon all the restaurants were full and I went to the "Taverna El Caliu" in Plaça de la Vila. It is an informal and very live place. It has mixed dishes, pizzas, "llesques" and tapas. There is a good quality price relation. Another night I was more organized and I booked a table at the restaurant "El Pont 9". It is completelly different. It has some menus: tasting, gastronomic, etc. Good product and elaborated dishes. It is a more elegant place.

The second weekend I stayed at the "Hotelet del Bac". It is a very cute house completely renovated. It is next to the "Club de Golf Camprodon", away from the center. In fact, you need a car to go. It has wonderful views and good breakfasts. The rooms are big and modern.

They say that the Isaac Albéniz Music Festival, in summer, is worth it. I have not been there, but I will go. I want to visit also to the old factory of "Galetes Birba"!

Just 15 minutes away by car, you will find the Ermita del Remei. Leaving Camprodon towards Sant Joan de les Abadesses, there is the detour to the hermitage. The place has a special charm. The road itself is already beautiful; but when you arrive there, it has an unusual peace. The authentic carving of the Virgin was burned in 1936. The current image is a reproduction made from a photograph. This hermitage was built to be able to praise a virgin who was found in the place and was named "Del Remei" for its healing properties. I loved the place.

To do this route you need a car, especially to go to the Ermita del Remei and the "Hotelet del Bac".

Duration:

In a weekend you see everything.


Kids

No problem.


Animals

No problem.


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