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Rupit’s Natural Stone Street (Catalonia) by marcgc

A few weeks ago, I showed you a photo of Rupit’s Hanging Bridge. If you combine that photo with this one, you will get to see the most iconic places in this small medieval town, located in the Collsacabra Region not far from Barcelona.

The houses in the photo are from the 16th and 17th century. Without a doubt, they are one of the wonders of this beautiful town. Walking on the surrounding streets, you will also be able to enjoy the baroque Church of Saint Miquel, the hanging bridge, or, if you want to enjoy a nice stroll, you can visit the El Salt de Sallent waterfall located three kilometers away from Rupit.

You can also find great restaurants, where you will be able to enjoy traditional Catalan meals. You should also stop by the Forn de Pa l’Era, an excellent bakery where you can buy bread cooked in a wooden oven or the delicious Coca de Forner (baker’s cake). It is a must.

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Rupit’s Hanging Bridge (Catalonia) by marcgc

This is perhaps one of the most iconic views of Rupit. This hanging bridge was constructed in 1945 to connect the two parts of the village divided by Rupit’s Creek. But nowadays, it has become a tourist attraction for visitors to this picturesque medieval town.

In 1945, the city council did not have many resources, so the bridge was partially financed by Pere Rovira, a local blacksmith that was also the designer. His brother Francesc Rovira (also a blacksmith), the local builder Santi Vila, and the local innkeeper Quim Marsal were also involved in the construction of the bridge.

Walking across this suspension bridge is always an experience. If you want to try it for yourself, it is not far from Barcelona and it is a great option for a day trip.

The town is truly beautiful, with old stone houses from the 16th and 17th centuries, and magnificent views. The zone if full of picturesque routes, making it a perfect spot for those who enjoys activities like trekking, cycling, horse riding, etc.

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The Tanneries Neighborhood (Vic, Catalonia) by marcgc

The Tanneries Neighborhood (“Les Adoberies” in Catalan), it’s located on the historical center of the city of Vic, between the walls of Pere II and the Mèder River. It symbolized one of the most important periods of the Osona capital, and the growth of the tannery industry in the region.

There are documents related to the tannery activity from the XII century, and during the XIV century it become a popular activity in the area. However, it wasn’t till the XVIII century when the guild of tanners decided to group all the activity and construct the actual Tanneries Neighborhood.

Nowadays, the tannery industry has become more technical. Because of that, during the XX century, all the activity was moved to the outskirts of Vic and the old ones were abandoned. The good news is that the government declared this neighborhood as a zone of national interest back in 2009. However, because of the recent economic crisis no action has been done to prevent further deterioration.

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Rupit (Catalonia) by marcgc

A few weeks ago I went to visit the Sallent waterfall, I was a little bit disappointed because there were not much water but the path to the waterfall starts in Rupit; and trolling around this medieval town with the old stone houses and natural stone streets is always a pleasure.

The town grew around the castle of Rupit, in a narrow ridge above the river and some streets are climbing up the hill. Nowadays, the only visible remainder of the castle is this vertical wall behind the houses in the photo.

If you ever visit Catalonia this is a place that you don’t want to miss. It’s only at 100Km from Barcelona, and it’s worth to spend one-day visiting the town and the beautiful surroundings.

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