Camprodon in Spain and its rural houses

Camprodon from Spain is one of the municipalities that are part of the Ripollès region, in the province of Girona. The vacation rentals of Camprodon are increasingly in demand by tourists, as the heterogeneous geography of the region makes it an ideal place: during the winter the snow allows you to enjoy ski resorts such as Vallter 2000 and Vall de Núria, during the summer, the temperatures are milder, allowing you to have a cooler holiday.

Every corner of Camprodon is idyllic: the emblematic Pont Nou, the church of Santa Maria de Camprodon, the historic center of Beget, the old Birba factory, the surrounding municipalities ... Its abrupt relief derived from the passage of the glaciers and its subsequent modification by the footprint of the rivers, makes this place a fascinating region to discover through all the rural houses that you can find in the whole area of Camprodon.


Camprodon, its surroundings and vacation holiday rentals houses

Camprodon is a territory rich in history. Originally, the town was born in the Monastery of Sant Pere and in the market granted by Ramon Berenguer III during the 12th century. The population was for many years a royal town and head of the vegueria of Camprodon.
However, Camprodon was sacked and burnt down several times during its history: in 1470 during the war of Louis XI of France against John III, during “the War of the Reapers”, and with the fire of Dagobert during the Great War of 1794 and during the first and third Carlist wars. 

The period of economic and social recovery took place during the twentieth century. The wave of immigration from all over the country made possible a considerable growth of the population: the main sources of income of the citizenry were through industry and agriculture.
Currently, the population of Camprodon has more than 2,435 inhabitants. However, part of its demographics has been marked as a summer colony. The first was centered on the Paseo de la Font Nova. Today we can find a bust of Dr. Bartalomé Robert, mayor of Barcelona in 1899. One of the many houses built in the area was the residence of the president of the only government of the Republic, Juan Negrín, also the architect of the Arc de Triumph of Barcelona, Josep Vilaseca.

 


What can you visit in Camprodon (Spain) through its cottages?

The Pont Nou (New Bridge)

Built in the 13th century, but partially destroyed by the earthquake of 1428, the Pont Nou is a bridge popularly called "Romanesque" about 20 meters long. However, it is believed to have been built on the remains of an ancient bridge, as it has been constantly modified over the centuries. The silhouette of this bridge is truly the most characteristic feature of the town and, together with the other elements, has made Camprodon an icon of tourism in the Catalan Pyrenees.


Parish Church of Santa Maria de Camprodon

In the historic center of Camprodon we find the Parish Church of Santa Maria. Documented since the 11th century, it was not until two centuries later that it became the main temple of the town. During its years of history it has suffered two critical episodes: the earthquake of 1428, and the fire during the riots of the civil war in 1936.


The Monastery of Sant Pere de Camprodon

As early as the year 904 there is a mention of a religious building dedicated to Saint Peter. Years later, Count Guifré II of Besalú founded it as a Benedictine monastery. Thus, the monks and the abbot were the main driving forces behind the demographic and economic growth of Camprodon.


Old Birba biscuit factory

In the town of Camprodon, specifically on Avinguda Maristany, we find the first factory of the well-known Birba biscuits. In 1893 the Birba family started making biscuits, but it was not until a few years later that the son, Llorenç Birba Cordomí, learned the trade and brought the brand to great renown to the present day. However, the current factory is not the same: it has more than 7,000 m² and was built in 2008 on the outskirts of Camprodon.


The oak grove of Can Pascal and the Font Nova

If you are a nature lover, the Can Pascal oak grove is a good choice for you: a unique forest. From here there are several hiking trails where you will find large-leaved oaks: trees of great height, diameter and longevity - some are even over two hundred years old. The Paseo de la Font Nova is a street where a group of inventoried houses of well-known families, often from Barcelona, who came to spend the summer in Camprodon, are grouped.


Historic center of Beget

Some consider Beget to be one of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia. It is generally agreed that a stroll through the narrow streets of its small centre will not leave you indifferent. The town of Beget stands out for its relief with a great landscape and natural beauty. The historic centre corresponds to the present-day town centre, although part of its current population is distributed on the outskirts. In 1860 there were 1,309 people living there, but today there are only about twenty inhabitants, clearly becoming a second home town.


The church of Sant Cristòfol de Beget

Cultural asset of national interest (BCIN) for years, the Church of Sant Cristòfol de Beget is located at the entrance to the village. Built in the 12th century, the Romanesque church consists of a single nave, with toral arches and a semicircular apse. The access door consists of five archivolts supported on two columns crowned by capitals, representing mythological fauna. On the south side, like the icing on a cake, we find the bell tower, a clear example of Lombard Romanesque.


The mushrooms

Mycology enthusiasts are in luck! The Ripollès, and in particular the Camprodon area, are part of an ideal region for mushroom hunting: boletus, chanterelles, mollerics, milk-caps, black chanterelle


Molló

Within the Camprodon valley there is a municipality called Molló : scene of wars, witches, fairies… This is a small village that has been a stopping-off point since the time of the Celts and Romans. One of the most well-known hiking routes in the area is “el camí de la Retirada”, the same 14-kilometer path that many Catalan exiles followed to reach France.
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