Cataluña is a region of many contrasts where coming for a few days of rural tourism is definitely worthy, especially if it is in such a charming destination like this.
We are talking about Berga, which belongs to the province of Barcelona, and is also one of the main economic activities of this town, since it is also the capital of one of the most well-known smaller regions or “comarcas”; el Berguedá, which is also known for being cut across by the river Llobregat, one of the most important ones in the region.
It is only 100 Km away from the capital, Barcelona, which means that going there for a visit won't take you very long.
The extension of Berga reaches 22,54 Km, and is situated at 700 meters above from sea level, as it is located in the mountain of Queralt.
The construction of its historical center began in 1360, when some of the most important buildings started to be built, and are still standing nowadays.
Amongst this places, you will find Santuario de Queralt, one of the main tourist attractions in this area. Dating from the 18th century, built in the Neoclassical style. It is one of the most beautiful sights in the outskirts of Berga, and it is located at 1,200 meters high that can be reached thanks to a railway funicular that starts near the parking lot area.
Once you reach the top, you will be able to enjoy the impressive views of the whole region of El Berguedá from the viewpoint.
Within this town are many places worth visiting and discovering, such as Castillo de San Fernando, a fortress located in the highest part of Berga, dating from the 10th century.
Amongst the most relevant places of cult, we especially recommend you check out its churches, the church of San Juan, which is part of Berga's historical and artistic heritage, and that of San Quirico de Pedret, and the church of Santa Eulalia, from the 17th century and, therefore, the newest of them all.
The medieval square of San Pedro, located right at the very center of Berga, and an 18th century windmill known as the Molino de la Sal, are two of the most important elements of the town's non-religious, historical heritage.
As for the natural patrimony of this region, one of the highlights of this place is its privileged geographical location with views of the valley and the river Queralb, where some very interesting hiking tracks are spread about.
Those who love winter sports here will have the perfect opportunity to do them, since you won't have to go very far to find snow in the many ski resorts of this area, such as that of Port del Compte, La Molina, or Pas de la Casa, and which are always a very popular option amongst tourists especially.
The most important local festivities of Berga that we recommend you check out are two: La Patum, which has been inscribe as part of the UNESCO World Heritage and held during the celebrations, Corpus, and Els Elois, held in July, which is the oldest festivity of the town.
Last but not least, trying the local products like raw meats, cheese and mushrooms, included in the elaboration of traditional recipes such as 'sopa de albóndigas' or 'sopa de maíz', will introduce you to the unique experience that enjoying the gastronomic tradition of Berga is.