Millions of years ago, the centre of Catalonia held a sea that disappeared over time, pushed out byrising mountain ranges, such as the Pyrenees. What we find there today is the county of Bages. Its geology has shaped the area’s history, culture and development in a very distinctive way.
Explore a region with a rural heart
The comarcas (counties) that lie within the province of Barcelona conceal plenty of spots where you can be at one with nature. For example, there’s the Bages district, which is a UNESCO Global Geopark, due to its globally significant geology.
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Bages has lots of different tourist sights to offer.
Manresa,a thousand -year-old town
Its alluvial terraces and the rocks it stands on can tell us all about its geological history. You can also visit all the heritage sites associated with Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, such as the San Ignacio Cave and the basilica of Santa Maria de la Seu.
Sant Llorenç del Munt i l’Obac
This natural reserve is one of the best places in the world to see an old delta and how it has evolved over time. The area is home to the vats of the Vall del Flequer which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, in which wine was made at the edge the vineyards.
Cardona salt mountain
A guided tour inside this mountain of pure salt in Cardona is truly spectacular. It’s the only one of its kind in the world. A dramatised visit is available whichis perfect for thewhole family. We also recommend a visit to the Castle of Cardona.
And what’s more…
The fertile lands of the Geopark are ideal for producing high quality wines under the Designation of Origin Pla de Bages. In addition to this, small producers of olive oil are reviving an ancient tradition in this area, and even some native varieties of olives. The olive groves of Bages offer a unique experience, all to do with olive farming.