Experience the history
The Ribes Valley boasts one of Catalonia’s richest cultural and historical legacies, largely due to the privileged position that it has occupied throughout Catalan history. This makes it an ideal location for a cultural break that can easily be combined with any mountain sport or adventure activity or a gastronomic tour taking in some of the local restaurants.
Art and culture lovers wil have thousand reasons to visit the Ribes Valley, as it hosts one of the largest collections of Romanesque art in the Pyrenees and one of the most important in the whole of Europe. Hidden within the medieval villages of the area you can discover little treasures like the Churches of Santa Magdalena de Pardines, Sant Esteve de Pardines, Sant Marcel de Planès, Sant Vicenç de Planoles, Sant Jaume de Queralbs, Santa Maria de Ribes, Sant Cristòfol de Ventolà, Sant Cristòfol de Toses or the Núria Valley sanctuary, to name just a few of the Roman monuments scattered around the Ribes Valley.
An excellent way to really get to know the cultural heritage of the Ribes Valley is through its festivals commemorating events closely linked to history, religion and folklore. The Fiesta de San Gil in the Núria Valley and the International Shepherd Dogs Contest in Ribes de Freser are some of the most traditional and most popular celebrations held within the region. And the offering is even more with popular events like the Mushroom, Cheese and Honey Fairs, all held in Ribes de Freser.
Besides becoming acquainted with our area through Romanesque art and popular festivals, it is also possible to discover the historical heritage of the area through guided tours of the Ribes Valley and exhibitions such as Espacio Joan Triadú and La Casa de las Mariposas natural history museum.
Last but not least, the Ribes Valley is known for its diverse cultural tourism thanks to “Románico en Vivo”, a series of small concerts that have taken place since 2003. “Románico en Vivo” is unique in the way that it takes place entirely in churches in the towns of Toses and Planoles, all offering great acoustics, with a total of eight concerts that cover six ancient Romanesque hermitages; an excellent opportunity to enjoy a pleasant and balmy evening of music.
There’s no doubt about it, a cultural getaway is one of the best ways to discover the historical heritage of the Ribes Valley and its inhabitants through art, festivals, music and gastronomy.