“The quintessentially Pyrenean village of Pardines lies in the heart of Capçaleres del Ter i del Freser Natural Park. Under the shade of one the most emblematic mountains in El Ripollès, mount Taga, it is the gateway to endless activities! The village’s Romanesque atmosphere and cobbled streets are living testimony to its storied past. Pardines offers an environment overflowing with possibilities in the middle of the Vall de Ribes.
In the village we find the Church of Sant Esteve. There is a very little left of the original Romanesque building. There is only one apse, narrower than the nave, which in the XIII century became a defense tower. The inside of the church was restored in the XVIII century .The Central Romanesque apse is hidden in one of the side chapels on the East Wall.
It is worth mentioning that the church is orientated from North to South no from East to West as usual.
Next to the church, in Plaça del Pedró and along Carrer Major, there is a wall lock, with loopholes, the walls of the old fortified enclosure, called the castle or “”strength of Pardines””. They were built at the beginning of the 14th century, when Pardines belonged to the Kingdom of Mallorca. later fortified wall In 1690, the French troops of Louis XIV demolished them.