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cardona Castle + salt mountain

In the center of Catalunya you will be able to visit a wonderful medieval castle and enter the salt mine in the Salt Mountains.

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Journey to the heartland of Catalonia to explore the magnificent Salt Mountain! Travel back in time to the impregnable medieval town of Cardona and discover its spectacular golden-brown castle. Our expert local guide will pick you up at your hotel in a private vehicle and take you on a comfortable ride to the historic town. Here, you will tour one of the most important salt deposits in the world. Our guide will walk with you through the streets and squares of this medieval Catalan village. Finally, you will visit the majestic Castle of Cardona.

  • Discover the medieval town of Cardona and a historic salt mine on a sightseeing trip from Barcelona.
  • Learn about the salt mining industry in Catalonia at Salt Mountain Cultural Park.
  • Take a “deep dive” into salt mining by traveling 280 feet (86 meters) underground in a local tunnel.
  • Marvel at the defensive structure of the ancient Castle of Cardona.
  • Explore the medieval town of Cardona on a guided walking tour.
  • A small group ensures a better experience and more personal attention
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included.

The charming town of Cardona is located just 100km from Barcelona, in the heart of Catalonia. You can feel the weight of history here just by walking through the streets, admiring the ancient buildings and exploring the unique natural environment that has shaped local culture for centuries.
Our professional guide will pick you up at your hotel in a private transport, with which you will travel comfortably to Cardona. Here you will explore one of the most important salt deposits in the world at Salt Mountain Cultural Park.
The natural landscape surrounding Cardona is one of the most special of Catalonia. South of the town you will find the Salt Valley of Cardona, which has been used by humans since Neolithic times. The natural characteristics of the place make it unique in the world and so the site is well preserved. Enjoy a moment to take in the beautiful vistas and breathe in the fresh country air.
The salt mine opened in 1929 and stayed in function until 1990, becoming one of the most important globally. Today the area has been transformed into the Salt Mountain Cultural Park, allowing visitors to learn about its history.
In the outdoor museum area, the old mineshaft 'Maria Teresa' still tells the story of the industrial exploitation of the valley. Your group will have the opportunity to descend 86m deep into the Salt Mountain. Here you will witness mysterious and beautiful natural formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites and the colorful folds and seams.
We will visit Cardona’s center, flanked by Romanesque and Gothic buildings still inhabited by the town’s historically brave population.
This place has survived some of the most important battles in Catalan history and strolling around its castle-fortress is like traveling ten centuries back in time. The castle of Cardona is one of the best-preserved medieval sites in Spain. In 1714, during the War of Spanish Succession, it served as an impregnable fortress, and afterwards even the mighty Napoleon could not capture its sturdy citadel!
For an inside look at the hidden treasures of Catalonia’s geography, history and architecture, choose this unique tour of Cardona.

 

points of interest

  • Salt Mountain Cultural Park: The Salt Valley of Cardona is 1,800m long, 600m wide and has an area of 100ha. This site offers amazing views of the valley, old mine galleries, and a display of the mineral extraction machinery once used in this area. Have fun learning about the history of salt exploitation, the geology, mineralogy and botany of this region.
  • The medieval village of Cardona: While Iberian remains have always been linked to the richness of the Saline Valley, the origins of Cardona are in its Castle. The village, which grew from the fortification, is today incredibly well preserved. Besides the medieval charm of its streets and squares, you will also find examples of Gothic and Romanesque churches, chapels and civilian architecture.
  • Cardona Castle: The geographical location of the fortress, on the top of the mountain, perfectly meets its historical need to defend the access to the salt mines. The structure also enjoys a privileged view of the Cardener River Valley. From the 11th to the 15th century, the castle served as the residence of some of the noblest lineages of lords in the country. As a defensive structure for the salt mines, the castle endured several sieges throughout its history.
includes
  • Private vehicle.
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour of the medieval town of Cardona.
  • Pick up and drop off at your accommodation
  • Skip-the-line ticket reservation
  • Small groups (8 people maximum)
  • Tickets to Cardona Castle & Salt Mountain Cultural Park

Not included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Any private expenses.
  • where: Cardona
  • Group: Max. 8 persons
  • availability: Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
    (except December 24th, 25th, and 26th and 1st of January)
  • Tour duration: 10h - Full day
  • Pick-up time: from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
  • Language Available: English and Spanish

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