El Camí Oliba

The route of Catalan Romanesque

El Camí Oliba  is a route through the Romanesque art which links up the counties of Bages, Osona and Ripollès using the Bishop and abbot Oliba as the common linking connection.

Of all the architectural and artistic tendencies that have existed up to the present day, there is no doubt that the most wide-spread is the Romanesque. The counties of Osona, el Bages and Ripollès are the counties most representative of this huge heritage. All of the cities or town in our counties have, or have had, a church or other type of building constructed in this style. Romanesque art brings us together and gives meaning to this project.

Therefore Romanesque art and architecture are present as an integrating force in “Catalunya Central”, and they constitute an ideal reason for reconsidering the importance of each part of the territory, getting to know the landscape, the cuisine, the traditions and all that Central Catalunya can offer tourism.

El Camí Oliba is an authentic museum in the nature. It is art, culture and history in its essence and it offers beautiful natural landscapes as well as charming towns and cities with a rich heritage.

The path

Different options

The route was planned to be accessible for the majority of visitors and for this reason, two routes are proposed. The main one goes past more villages and the stretches are shorter and more services are offered. In a determined part of the main route a variant stretch is proposed for more experimental hikers and it goes through beautiful landscapes.

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Stretch 1

STAGE 1: MONTSERRAT – MANRESA – VIC

86 km / 1791 m positive /2.051 m negative / 3 days

Coincides with Sant Jaume path and is planned in five half day stages (consult the map). Manresa welcome is exceptional with the Old Bridge, Sant Ignasi Cave and Basilica of Seu. It continues to Navarcles after passing the monastery of Sant Benet de Bages. Crosses the vineyard of Pla de Bages till Artés and the monastery of Santa Maria de l’Estany; and arrives at Vic, a city that has a medieval structure and preserves several witnesses of that era: the bell tower of the cathedral, Queralt Bridge and Moncada castle ruins, an interesting example of civil Romanesque built around a Roman temple.

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Stretch 2

VIC – RIPOLL – SANT JOAN DE LES ABADESSES

16 km / 5,011 m positive / negative 4,701 m / 5 days

It is the longest and the most demanding stretch of the Route of Oliba which is divided into 10 half day stages. It crosses Folgueroles, the town of Verdaguer, before reaching the emblematic monastery of Sant Pere de Casserres. It continuous to the monasteries of Santa Maria de Ripoll and Sant Joan de les Abadesses along a mid-mountain itinerary with much unevenness but with spectacular views: Collsacabra, Montseny, Sau Reservoir, Guilleries Montesquiu Castle, cliffs of Tavertet and an endless list.

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Stretch 3

SANT JOAN DE LES ABADESSES – LES BASSES DE PUIG SEC

39.5 km / 1,912 m positive / negative 1,042 m / 2 days

Conceived in three half day stages this stretch passes through Camprodon and Mollo and reaches the ponds of Puig Sec, a gift of nature to the viewpoint of Canigó on the border with France. It is planned to extend the Route of Oliba for about 50 km to the monastery of Sant Miquel de Cuixà and later to Toluges (where Oliba celebrated the first assembly of Peace and Truce).

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Stretch 2. Alternative route

VARIANT STRETCH GR-151-1

54 km / 1,870 m positive / negative 1,970 m / 3 days

It is a more attainable alternative to the second stretch from Tavertet. From Rupit, one of the most beautiful villages in the country, it sets off from Vidrà passing through Coll de Bracons, goes towards Vallfogona del Ripollès and crosses with the main road (GR151) in Sant Joan de les Abadesses.

Accommodation and services

Along the route you will find some accommodation, restaurants and activities

Photo gallery

Some photos about the path

The route was planned to be accessible for the majority of visitors and for this reason, two routes are proposed. The main one goes past more villages and the stretches are shorter and more services are offered. In a determined part of the main route a variant stretch is proposed for more experimental hikers and it goes through beautiful landscapes.

The weather forecast

The weather forecast in the region for the next days
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