The Castle of Cardona | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.
The Castle of Cardona The last resistance in the War of Succession

Military strategy and religious worship are united on the highest peak of Cardona. From the 9th century, the Castle and the Collegiate Church of Sant Vicenç have dominated the region and control the salt basins. During the War of the Spanish Succession, when they become a symbol of the resistance for the supporters of the Archduke Carles against the defenders of Philip of Anjou: the castle was the last fortress to surrender to the Bourbon troops and it fell after the capitulation of Barcelona on 18th September 1714.

The medieval complex is divided between the stately pavilions and the canonry of Sant Vicenç. The Castle was built in 886 under the command of the Count of Barcelona, Guifré el Pilós, but was not completed until several centuries later. Of the most notable elements of the first building from the 9th century only the Torre de la Minyona remains. During the first half of the 11th century, it was constructed within the precinct of the Church of Sant Vicenç, an imposing building and one of the best samples of the first Catalan Romanesque.

A great example of medieval military fortification, between the 11th and 15th centuries, the castle was the residence of the Lords of Cardona but eventually it lost its residential function and gained strategic importance. From the 17th century, the fortress updated its defensive system with a ring of bastions.

Despite being one of the most emblematic sites, Cardona was not the only setting linked to the War of Succession. The "Route 1714", organised as part of the programme of activities for the tri-centenary, includes 10 locations, such as El Born in Barcelona, the University of Cervera and the Rafael Casanova House Museum, among others.

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What can I do?

- There are three types of visits to discover the Castle of Cardona: general, thematic and dramatised.
- For schools, the Fundacio Cardona Històrica offers guided tours and other educational activities.

AccessibilityEvent hire

Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.

  • From 1 October to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Monday: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

  • From 1 June to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.


Morning: 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

  • From 1 June to 30 September: 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
  • From 1 October to 31 May: 3.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m..

Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January
General ticket: €5 

Reduced ticket: €3
People aged 65 or more, pensioners, the holders of the Youth Card, students with International Student Card, those possessing the large family or parent, no tourist groups of 10 or more people by appointment. If this is a group where some members are entitled to free entry can continue to enjoy this reduction

Persons under 16 years, the unemployed, the members of ICOM (International Council of Museums) and ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments), duly accredited, the members of the Association of Museum of Catalonia duly accredited, those professional tour guides, duly accredited, people of formal education teachers accredited by the management of the school in carrying out their work, the press duly accredited professionals, in the exercise of their work, have communicated in writing their visit, people with disability certificate, the host families duly accredited, groups of students (students in the educational system of the general system, from kindergarten to high school, vocational training and through special education teacher) who have reservation (except mNACTEC)


Castell de Cardona
08261 Cardona (Bages)
Tel. (+34) 938684169

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