City of witches in Catalonia
• Witch City in Catalonia
Imagine the Middle Ages, the era of the Inquisition and the witch, fleeing persecution in remote gorges of Catalonia ...
Today I will talk about a very interesting small town in Spain, which stands apart from the popular hiking trails. It is home to just over 300 inhabitants, and it was built in the valley in the hardened lava, forming nodules after a volcanic eruption more than 11 thousand years ago. I have often been in Barcelona and Catalonia, but your route based solely on coastal towns, not even imagining how beautiful and picturesque places may be, extending inland.
Approximately so looked firewood for the fires of the Inquisition ... however, for hundreds of years, there is almost nothing has changed.
On the way to Rupit from Girona we pass the town of Vic, very interesting hotel for lovers - Paradores Vic Sau. Pictures do not convey the scale of the most beautiful gorge, the bottom of which is a lake:
At the bottom of the lake is a flooded village, there live underwater gnomes and sometimes ring the bell of the bell tower here:
The hotel itself - a former farm, the nearest town 12 km, complete privacy with nature.
But this is only an intermediate point to Rupit is 20 km provincial highway with perfect finish and stunning, and then the mountain serpentine.
At the entrance to Rupit car must be left in the parking lot at the entrance to the city, because the city itself is completely pedestrian.
The city is built on top of a basalt cliff in the national park of volcanic origin, at an altitude of 890 m above sea level. In the old days Rupit, located at the intersection of two major Roman roads (Iberian along the sea and the Pyrenees mountain), served as a fortress.
The village center can be reached only by - on the old wooden bridge suspension.
Time has stopped here, people on the streets almost there. But the number of items on huge streets. Each square meter of the surface of the walls, doorknobs, water column would be desirable to consider and take pictures:
The streets of the city - it's lava flows:
Eduard Gavayler and local cats
In the middle of the XV century. the city was completely destroyed by an earthquake, only a few families remained to live in it. At present, it has just over 300 permanent residents. Rupit house built in the XVI - XVII centuries.
And coming from the other side - get into the forest, a 20-25 minute walk from the Falls:
The city preserved the church of San Juan de Fabregas, which was built in the XI century, situated near the observation deck, which offers views of Rupit and its surroundings.
If you make up your route in Catalonia - I would highly recommend to include this city in your plans. This is an incredibly lonely place, imbued with the spirit of legends and all sorts of gloomy stories from the misty past of the Middle Ages.
Province - it is a different Europe, and in Catalonia Rupit is at odds with all the stereotypes and perceptions of Catalonia.
Rupit is located just 120 km from Barcelona and 70km from Girona. Here come the Germans and the British, but the city is less popular among our visitors. Definitely go here predpochitetelnee in the off-season to enjoy the solitude and emptiness. I was in the second half of September is a great time, almost no people, hot and warm sea.