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General information on CAMPRODON

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Map
The Town
Its Name
Physical Geography
History
Monuments, Buildings and Poins of Interest
Festivals and Market Days
Communications
Tourist Office
Skiing Information
Websites for general information
Guided Tours
Restaurants
Hotels
Museums

 
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  THE TOWN
 

Camprodon: The New bridge in winter

El Pont Nou (The new bridge)
 
Camprodon: The Monastery of Saint Peter in winter
The Monastery of Saint Peter in winter
 

Villa "Vora del Ter", in Passeig Maristany

"Vora del Ter", Villa in Passeig Maristany
 

Can Maristany, Villa in Passeig Maristany in Camprodon

Can Maristany, Villa in Passeig Maristany
 

Can Vincke - Villa in Passeig de la Font Nova in Camprodon

Can Vincke - Villa in Passeig Font Nova
 

Camprodon: Fountain of Sant Patllari

Fountain of Sant Patllari
 

Beget: Sant Cristòfol Church
Beget, Sant Cristòfol Church
 
Beget: The image of Christ in the Sant Cristòfol Church
Beget - Christ
 
Rocabruna: Rural landscape
Rocabruna

Camprodon is a town with 2,344 inhabitants situated in the region of Ripollès covering 102.99 square kilometers.  It is found in a very beautiful, mountainous area with interesting monuments and has an active commercial center with various high-quality boutiques (especially for clothing and food) offering exquisite regional specialties. 
Camprodon also has important medieval, Renaissance, and Modernist monuments in addition to being a mountaineering and hiking base.  A few kilometers away, the ski slopes of Vallter 2000 near the neighboring village of Setcases add yet another attraction: the opportunity to engage in various winter sports.

Its Name: The name “Camprodon” seems to derive from the Latin campus rotundus (round field), describing the field enveloped by mountains.

Physical Geography: The town is situated at the confluence of the Ter and Ritort rivers at an altitude of 988 meters.  The confluence of these rivers divides the town into two different areas, the Vila de Dalt (Upper Town), which served as the ancient monastic center of town, and the Vila de Baix (Lower Town), whose ancient walls encompassed the old castle and its grounds--today in ruins--the area around the modern-day Plaça de Espanya, in which can be found the church of the fourteenth-century Carmelite convent, and the seventeenth-century Renaissance Casal de Can Marquès near the Catalan Gothic Ajuntament (town hall) with its 16th-century Renaissance facade.
The New Bridge, built between 1196 and 1226, arches over the Ter River.  It was partially rebuilt during the 14th century and restored again in 1930.  It is a stone bridge of a single arch that supports an imposing wide path of double gradient united to a solid defensive tower on the edge of town.  The bridge is the most emblematic element of Camprodon and has been declared a Historical-Artistic Monument of National Interest.

History: The town has its origins with the tenth-century construction of the monastery of Sant Pere (St. Peter); the church of Santa Maria was later consecrated as the parochial church.  Ramon Berenguer III granted a market concession to the town in 1118, and after numerous disputes between counts and abbots, Camprodon was finally united to the crown in 1251.  It was occupied from 1464-1472 during the war against Joan II and later occupied by the French under the Duke of Noailles in 1689. 
Finally, it came into the hands of the Generalitat at the end of the War of the Spanish Succession, and then, together with the territories of the Catalan Countries and the Crown of Aragon, it passed to the Crown of Spain under the Decree of Nova Planta.  For a brief stint in 1794, Camprodon was again occupied by French troops, this time under General Dagobert.
During the Carlist Wars of the nineteenth century, it was occupied on various occasions by the forces of the pretender to the throne of Spain.
 

 

Monuments, Buildings and Points of interest: Camprodon, apart from its natural beauty, has interesting structures that have defined its personality throughout history.  Among them, the following stand out within the urban center:
El Pont Nou (New Bridge), which is probably the most characteristic monument in town.
El Monestir de Sant Pere (The Monastery of St. Peter), the last remnants of the ancient Benedictine monastery established in 950 by the Count of Besalú.  It has been a Historical-Artistic Monument since 1931.
The Esglèsies de Santa Maria de Camprodon (Church of St. Mary), built in the Gothic style during the fourteenth century, and del Carme (Church of Carmen), dating from 1352.
Can Marquès, Renaissance-style mansion dating from the 17th century, but now in ruins.
The Ajuntament (Town Hall), also Gothic, but with a Renaissance facade added in the sixteenth century.
Various Modernista-style (Catalan Art Nouveau) houses
(see the page on Art Nouveau in Camprodon.
Summer houses on the Passeig Maristany, near the Font Nove, and others (Can Wincke, El Casal, Can Oliveda, Can Conde, Can Maristany, the Vora del Ter chalet, Can Guasch, etc.).
The sculpture Piano Suite, by Alfons Alzamora i Gras (grandson of Albeniz), situated in the Forcarà roundabout
.
The sculptures of Joaquim Claret and other artists that can be found along the town’s streets.
Fountains such as La Font Nova (New Fountain) and la Mare de la Font (Our Lady of the Fountain)

Within the municipal boundaries, but outside of the urban center, the following should be visited:
L'esglèsia de Sant Miquel de Cavallera (Church of St. Michael of Cavallera), a Romanesque structure dating from the twelfth century.
La Torre Cavallera (Cavallera Tower), a defensive tower probably built in the early thirteenth century in a strategic location about the Ter valley.
El Mas Pomer.
The old Freixenet neighborhood.
Fountains such as the Font of St. Patllari, del Boix, del Botàs, de Can Moi, de la Forcarà, del Ferro, de Llandrius, del Vern, etc.

Beyond downtown, but still within the territory of Garrotxa, there are also interesting monuments, such as: 
The Romanesque church of Sant Cristofol (St. Christopher) and the magnificent Crist Majestat in the town of Beget, and the castle, hermitage of Sant Valenti de Salarca, Santa Maria de Bolos, and Sant Antoni in the town of Rocabruna.

Festivals and Market Days: Visit the town's website at http://webspobles.ddgi.cat/sites/camprodon/default.aspx
Isaac Albéniz Music Festival: in July and August at the Monastery of St. Pere at 10 pm.
Festa Major on June 21, in honour of the patron saint of the town of Sant Patllari.
Processo dels Sant Misteris (Procession of the Holy Mysteries), held during Easter at 7 pm, beginning in the Plaza de Santa Maria.
Fira del Dibuix i l'artesania (Painting and Artisanal Craft Fair), celebrated the first Sunday in August in the Plaça de Santa Maria.
Purissima Fair
(Festivity of the Purissima Mother of God), observed on December 8.

Communications:
By road: From Barcelona (124km), take highway C-17 (highway until Vic, road until Ripoll) and then the C-26 to the Olot exit, and then road C-38 to Camprodon.
From Girona (77km) take C-66 to Besalu, then N-260 to Olot (30km).  From Olot, take the C-26 to the intersection with C-38 and from there to Camprodon.
From Perpignan (92km), take either the A-9/E-15 or the N-9 to El Perthus, and from there take either highway PA-7/E15 or the N-11 to Figueres.  From Figueres, take the N-260 to Olot, then the C-26, and finally the C-38 into Camprodon.
By train: From Barcelona, take the Puigcerda line to Ripoll station and then take the road into Camprodon.
By plane: From the Girona-Costa Brava Airport, take the road to Camprodon. 
From the Barcelona airport, take either  the highway to Camprodon or the train to Ripoll, and then continue by road into the town.

Tourist Office:   Plaça d'Espanya, 1 (Ajuntament)
    17867 Camprodon (Ripollès)
   
    Tel : +34 972 74 00 10
    +34 972 74 00 05
    Fax: +34 972 13 03 24
   
Skiing Information:   Tel : +34 972 13 60 57
    +34 972 74 01 04

  Websites with General Information:
 
http://webspobles.ddgi.cat/sites/camprodon/default.aspx  Town Hall Website  
  http://www.valldecamprodon.cc/  Website for excursions into the Camprodon Valley 

 


    ENTERTAINMENT
  Guided Tours (See Tourism Office)  
  Given throughout the year.  Information available at the Tourist Office of the Ajuntament of Camprodon (Tel. +34 972 74 00 10)

  GOLF:
  Carrer Llandrius
  17867 Camprodon


    RESTAURANTS

See the Website of the Town Hall of Camprodon:
http://webspobles.ddgi.cat/sites/camprodon/default.aspx 
 
Restaurants in Camprodon, Beget and Rocabruna
 
IN CAMPRODON (Within Camprodon)
 
ANTIC MAS
Address: C/ Freixenet, 30
Tel: + 34 972 130 405
 
CAN JAN
Address: C/ Sant Roc
Tel: + 34 972 130 407
 
CAN XICOY
Address: Ctra. de St.Joan, 5 bis
Tel: + 34 972 130 292
   
EL CALIU
Address: Pl. d'Espanya, 4
Tel: + 34 972 740 636
 
LA MURALLA
Address: C/ Catalunya, 13
Tel: + 34 972 740 900
   
NÚRIA
Address: Pl. d'Espanya, 11
Tel: + 34 972 740 004
   
PIZZERIA DA GIORGIO
Address: C/ Ferrer Barberà, 10
Tel: + 34 972 740 988
   
PIZZERIA COOK ROBIN
Address: Plaça del Doctor Robert
Tel: + 34 972 740 449
 
PONT 9
Address: Camí de la Cerdanya, 1
Tel: + 34 972 740 521
   
Restaurant BAC DE ST. PERE
Address: C/ Bac de St.Pere 
Tel: + 34 972 740 701
   
Restaurant ELS CASTANYERS  
Address: Pg. de la Muralla, 8
Tel: + 34 972 741 290
 
IN BEGET
Habitacions (ROOMS)-RestAURANT EL FORN
Addres: C/ França, 9
Tel:  + 34 972 741 230
 
Hostal CAN JOANIC 
Address: Beget 
Tel: + 34 972 741 241
 
Restaurant CAN GERONI 
Address: Beget 
Tel: + 34 972 741 239
 
Tr-Restaurant MAS TUBERT
Address: La Vall de Bolòs 
Tel:  + 34 972 130 327
 
IN ROCABRUNA
 
CAN PLUJÀ
Address: Ctra. a Beget
Tel: + 34 972 741 064
   
CAN PO
Address: Ctra. a Beget
Tel: + 34 972 741 045


 


   
HOTELS

See the Website of the Town Hall of Camprodon:
http://webspobles.ddgi.cat/sites/camprodon/default.aspx 

HOTELS and VARIOUS LODGINGS

    
HOTEL EDELWEISS ****
Address: Ctra. St. Joan, 26
Tel: +34 972 740 614
Website: www.edelweisshotel.net  
E-mail: info@edelweisshotel.net
HOTEL EL GRÈVOL****
Address: Llanars
Tel: +34 974 74 10 13
HOTEL CAMPRODON ***
Address: Pl. Dr. Robert, 2
Tel: +34 972 740 013
HOSTAL CAN GANANSI
Address: Josep Morer, 9
Tel: +34 972 740 134
HOSTAL ELS AVETS
Address: Ctra.de Molló, 3
Tel: +34 972 740 071
HOSTAL LA PLACETA **
Address: Pl. del Carme, 9
Tel: +34 972 740 807
HOTEL MARISTANY
Address: Passeig Maristany, 20
Tel: +34 972 130 078
HOTEL SANT ROC *
Address: Pl. del Carme,4
Tel: +34 972 740 119
HOSTAL SAYOLA
Address: C/ Josep Morer, 4
Tel: +34 972 740 142
HABITACIONS (ROOMS) - RESTAURANT EL FORN (Beget)
Address: C/ Josep Duñach"En Feliça", 9
Tel: +34 972 741 230
HOSTAL CAN JOANIC (Beget)
Address: Bell aire, 1
Tel: +34 972 741 241

RURAL TOURISM

CAN PARDAL (Rocabruna)
Tel: +34 972 130 018
E-mail: Canpardal@vecagraf.com
LA CASANOVA DEL MARINER
Tel: +34 972 747 012
Website: www.elmariner.com
EL MOLLADAR (Beget)
Tel: +34 972 740 762
E-mail: Elmolladar@jazzfree.com
Website: www.elmolladar.com
ETXALDE (Rocabruna)
Tel: +34 972 130 317
Website: www.geocities.com/etxaldeberri
E-mail: etxalde@wanadoo.es
MAS TUBERT (Beget)
Address: La Vall de Bolós (Beget)
Tel: +34 972 130 327
Website: www.elripolles.com/mastubert
E-mail: Eltubert@elripolles.com
 
 
APARTMENTS
 
APARTAMENTS SANT ROC
Address: Apt. Pl. del Carme, 4
Tel: +34 972 740 119
TORRES CAN PEI
Address: Cases Urb. Font-Rubí
Tel: +34 972 741 276 / 610 792 089
 
 
CAMPGROUNDS
 
VALL DE CAMPRODON
Address: Crta. C38 de Ripoll a Camprodon
Tel: +34 972 740 507
Website: www.valldecamprodon.net/
E-mail: info@valldecamprodon.net
ELS SOLANS
Address: Ctra.Camprodon a França, PK 11.500
Tel: +34 972 130 099
Website: www.campingelssolans.com
E-mail: campingelssolans@campingelssolans.com
COLONIES DE VACANCES (HOLIDAY CAMPS)
 
CASA DE COLÒNIES TORRE DEL COLL
Address: C/ Sant Antoni, 13
Tel:  +34 972 740 871
Website: www.bastimentsaventura.com
E-mail: Activitats@bastimentsaventura.com
CASA DE COLÒNIES MAS PUIG FRANCÓ
Address: Urb. Font Rubí
Tel: +34 972 130 027

 


    MUSEUMS

MUSEU ISAAC ALBÉNIZ

Carrer Sant Roc, 22
17867 Camprodon
Tel. +34 972 74 11 66
 


We are grateful for the cooperation of the Ajuntament (Town Council) of Camprodon.
Translation to English by Catherine Phillips Crowe.
 

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