Romanesque weekend: from Montseny to Garrotxa | Cultural Heritage. Goverment of Catalonia.


1. Catedral de Girona (Autor: Josep Giribet)
2. Sant Pere de Galligants (Autor: Josep Play)
3. Banys Àrabs (Autor: Bob Masters)
4. Pont de Besalú (Autor: Bob Masters)

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Romanesque weekend: from Montseny to Garrotxa

Get into the art and nature of Girona
The Romanesque art of the interior of Girona is found amongst large green spaces: between Montseny and Montnegre we discover the monastery of Sant Salvador, the area in which the village of Breda developed. Amongst the Romanesque details, the 12th century bell tower is noteworthy.

Once in Santa Coloma de Farners, we recommend you to stop at the church of Sant Pere Cercada. The Romanesque Farners castle and the emblematic mountains around it also deserve a visit: the Turó del Vent, the Turó de Farners and the Roqueteres.


You immediately notice the medieval flavour of Girona. The Gothic style Cathedral still maintains Romanesque vestiges such as the tower of Carlemany and the cloister. It is also home to two of the most significant Romanesque objects: the Tapestry of Creation and the Beatus of Girona.

In the monastery of Sant Pere de Galligants, beyond studying all of the defining Romanesque elements, you can visit the Girona site of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya (Museum of Archaeology of Catalonia). Before leaving the city you must visit the celebrated Arab Baths, a Romanesque locale inspired by the facilities used by the Muslim, or make a trip to the Devesa, the largest urban park in Catalonia.


The first Benedictine monastery founded in Spain is located in Banyoles. The monastery of Sant Esteve is our destination, where today the Neoclassic style prevails over its Romanesque origins.

Besalú is an excellent example of a medieval village; it is impossible to leave without visiting the most emblematic of its elements: the Old Bridge over the Fluvià river.

The last part of the route passes through rough, broken and difficult terrain: this defines the Garrotxa. However the natural beauty of this area and its patrimonial richness make up for the hard journey. Around Olot, the volcanoes and the floral life of Fageda d’en Jordà... and the only hermitage situated inside a crater: that of Santa Margarida.

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