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Top Choice Monastery in Conca de Barberà

Reial Monestir de Santes Creus

On approaching this majestic monastery, an atmosphere of awe descends in broad Plaça de Sant Bernat Calbó: its mix of architectural styles spans seven centuries, including an ornamental 18th-century fountain. Behind…
Top Choice Cathedral in Lleida

La Seu Vella

Lleida’s ‘old cathedral’, enclosed within a later fortress complex, towers above the city from its commanding hilltop location. Work began on the cathedral in 1203, though today it is a masterpiece of bold Romanesqu…
Top Choice Castle in Cardona

Castell de Cardona

Visible long before entering Cardona, this hilltop fortress broods above the modern town. From this strategic position, centuries of noblemen have kept a watchful eye over Cardona's Muntanya de Sal (Salt Mountain), …
Top Choice Monastery in Montserrat

Monestir de Montserrat

Catalonia's most renowned monastery was established in 1025 to commemorate local shepherds' visions of the Virgin Mary, accompanied by celestial light and a chorus of holy music. Today, a community of 55 monks lives…
Top Choice Cathedral in Vic

Catedral de Sant Pere

Centuries of styles clash in Vic’s exquisite cathedral. Most of the neoclassical exterior dates to the 18th century, but the seven-storey Romanesque bell tower is one of few remnants from the 11th century. Within, t…
Top Choice Gallery in Vic

Museu Episcopal

This museum holds a marvellous collection of Romanesque and Gothic art, second only to Barcelona's Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya. The Romanesque collection contains strikingly gory images, including saints being…
Top Choice Catalan in Cardona

La Volta del Rector

Twelfth-century stone walls mix with wild violet decor at La Volta del Rector, in the heart of medieval Cardona. The atmosphere is rustic, romantic and fashionable all at once, while dishes – from grills and wild ga…
Top Choice Catalan in Vic

El Jardinet

This always-packed, warm-hearted restaurant has been perfecting Catalan cuisine since 1980, making it one of the best choices in town. There's an exceedingly good selection, including duck with figs and strawberries…
Monastery in Conca de Barberà

Reial Monestir de Santa Maria de Poblet

The largest monastery of the Cistercian Route, Unesco-listed Santa Maria de Poblet was founded by monks from southern France in 1150, and rose rapidly to become Catalonia’s most powerful monastery. Highlights includ…
Church in Montserrat

Cambril de la Mare de Déu

Signs to the right of the entrance to Montserrat's main basilica lead into the intimate Cambril de la Mare de Déu, where you can pay homage to the famous La Moreneta ('Little Brown One', or 'Black Virgin'), a revere…