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RIPOLL – A strategic location

Passing by the Iron and Coal Route and between the banks of the rivers Ter and Freser and in the shelter of the pre-Pyrenees, the town of Ripoll has been a stop-off point since time immemorial. It is a crossroads of cultures that have left their mark on the foundations of today’s community.

Home to the first Catalan counts, Ripoll grew up around the monastery, a focal point for medieval culture that brought the village prestige and encouraged development that, coupled with the natural and geological conditions of the surroundings, turned it into a hub of proto-industrialisation.

Kilometers 7,1

Slope Variable according to section. Assequible.

Difficulty Minimum

Pavement Asphalt chipboard

Maximum altitude 715 m (Km 3)

Minimum altitude 690 m (Km 0)

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Historically, due to the Catalan forges and arms factories, ironworks became very important to the area, achieving worldwide fame. Ripoll achieved a reputation for being the Catalan capital of metallurgy, opening up the town to progress.

Today, there is significant business activity in Ripoll: it is a modern city, open and lively. It takes its landscape into account, and through its heritage it preserves traditions developed over a thousand years.

 

A STRATEGIC LOCATION

Ripoll, a cultural and geographical junction where the Ter and Freser rivers converge, has been considered to be the “cradle of Catalonia” since the times of the counts, as well as the metallurgical capital since the industrial development of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Begin your itinerary at the Can Guetes car park, crossing the River Ter and heading for the monastery. Then, walk up to Farga Palau along the Carrers (streets) of Sant Pere and Vinyes. Cross the Freser on La Farga (forge) bridge, where you begin by going round the Pla d’Ordina. The crossing will take you to the Mirador del Pla de la Bandera (viewpoint).

Turning back again, cross the Raval district and head for the Botanic gardens. Cross the Ter via the Calatrava bridge and continue past the train station. Follow the Ter until you reach the Scriptorium. A little further on you come to the starting point for the itinerary.

 

THE SECRETS

1- Santa Maria de Ripoll Monastery. A Catalan symbol of identity and culture, both due to its artístic and architectural value, and for being the pantheon of the first Catalan counts.

2- Farga Palau (forge). Ripoll’s metallurgical tradition is represented by the Farga Palau, unique for its operational mechanism and for the manufacture of iron and copper items over four centuries.

3- Pla d’Ordina (plain). The Pla d’Ordina, situated between the river Freser and the Catllar mountain, still retains the typical features of an agricultural and cattle farming landscape, with wide expanses of cultivated land, farmhouses, natural springs, and fields for pasture.

4- Mirador del Pla de la Bandera (viewpoint). The panoramic view from the ridge that joins the Bandera plain to the summit of Catllar mountain enables you to make out most of the peaks in the Ripollès region and contemplate the Ter and Freser valleys.

5- Pont del Raval (bridge). This bridge over the river Freser, built in medieval times as part of the Royal road from Ripoll to Barcelona, is a strategic point for observing the different systems that make use of the river water.

6- Parc Botànic (botanical gardens). The Parc Botànic, located between the Ter and Freser rivers and the Devesa del Pla, contains an educational collection of the Ripollès region’s rich natural heritage, characterised by the diversity of its vegetation.

7- Scriptorium. The permanent exhibition on the art of creating hand-written and illuminated medieval manuscripts practised by the monks of the monastery is a reminder that Ripoll was once one of the most important cultural centres in Europe.

How to get there

RENFE

Línia L’Hospitalet de Llobregat-Puigcerdà (Estació de Ripoll)
C. del Progrés, 49 – 17500 Ripoll, Girona
Reserva de bitllets: tel. 900 41 00 41
www.rodaliesdecatalunya.cat

TEISA

Tel. 972 20 48 68
www.teisa-bus.com

PER CARRETERA

C-26, C-17, N-152
www.mobilitat.net

AEROPORT GIRONA-COSTA BRAVA

Oficina de Turisme: tel. 972 18 67 08
Informació sobre vols: tel. 972 18 66 00
Tel. 972 20 48 68
www.aena.es

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