The thousand-year-old town of Camprodon in the middle of the Camprodon Valley at the confluence of the rivers Ter and Ritort is home to Romanesque churches, modernista summer houses and breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains. It offers a wide variety of shops and restaurants on its streets and avenues and a whole host of cultural and sporting activities, all against a backdrop of incredible natural beauty.
Camprodon was a scattered settlement until the 10th century, when its first population centre, La Vila de Dalt, was built due to the foundation of the monastery of Sant Pere. And in the 12th century its second centre, La Vila de Baix, was created along with the construction of the castle. In 1251 it became a royal town and a vegueria (feudal jurisdiction) capital.
Isaac Albéniz, the renowned composer and pianist, was born in Camprodon in 1860. Various monuments, a museum, a street and a music festival are just some of the town’s features that honour his memory.
Learn all about his life and work at the museum!
The Pont Nou, or new bridge, is the town’s most emblematic image. Built in the late 12th century, on the right it also incorporates La Cerdanya city gate, which formed part of the city walls and was the only way of accessing the neighbouring region of La Cerdanya.
Camprodon’s places of worship are the 12th-century Romanesque church of the monastery of Sant Pere, the Gothic Santa Maria’s church, which dates back to the 14th century, the chapel of El Roure, located on the edge of town, and the convent of El Carme, which is in La Vila de Baix.
The Passeig de Maristany, a broad avenue designed by Bernadí Martorell in the 1920s, is flanked by rows of trees and is slightly curved to create a sensation of endlessness.
The Passeig de la Font Nova was remodelled in the second half of the 19th century to accommodate the town’s first summer houses. As you stroll along it you can see the magnificent homes of the town’s most distinguished families.
Thanks to the confluence of the rivers Ter and Ritort, water gushes from numerous natural springs throughout the municipality. Follow one of the proposed trails to discover them for yourself!
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