Conjunt monumental d'Olèrdola (Departament de Cultura / Josep Casanova)
A walk around Olèrdola
Discover the group of historic remains and buildings in the natural setting of the Parc d’Olèrdola
The mountain of Olèrdola, between the Penedès plain and Garraf, has been a strategic site settled by humans from the Bronze Age until well into the 20th century. At the present time Olèrdola is one of the sites of the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, and forms part of the Iberian Route. The group of historic remains and buildings here, as well as the surroundings area with, for example, the church of Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola, is well worth the walk.
THE HISTORIC REMAINS AND BUILDINGS
Since pre-historic times the people who settled here have left their mark: an Iberian settlement; an impressive Roman fort; a medieval town; pre-Romanesque and Romanesque churches; and medieval tombs carved into the rock. Start your visit to the sites at the church of Sant Miquel and continue around the side of the cistern, the anthropomorphic tombs, and finally, the Iberian settlement.
THE TRAIL ON FOOT
After your visit you could follow the foot trail around the Parc d’Olèrdola suggested by Barcelona Provincial Council's Natural Parks network. It will lead you to the centre of Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola. The path, signposted to La Font de l’Alba, starts at the entrance to the site and in five minutes you will be at the Pla dels Albats, where there is an interesting medieval necropolis with tombs carved into the rock. Along the way, surrounded by a landscape with a typicaly Mediterranean character, you will come across a number of springs.
THE VILLAGE OF SANT MIQUEL D’OLÈRDOLA
The trail ends in the village of Sant Miquel d’Olèrdola. You can visit the church of the same name, built between 1885 and 1889. If you've worked up an appetite and fancy sampling the local cuisine have a look at the restaurants in the area.
For more information about this and other suggestions, check out the information provided by Olèrdola Town Council.
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