An isolated town, which overlooks the precipice from a cliff, and is surrounded by enormous cliffs and mountains. This is how it could be describedto the town of Tavertetwhich is hidden in the heights of the province of Barcelona, ​​with just forty houses and just over 100 inhabitants.

This little-known town in the northeast of Spain has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and is presented as a perfect destination for a rural getaway where you can completely disconnect and immerse yourself in the landscapes and natural beauty of the Osona region.

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History, architecture and nature in Tavertet

The picturesque town of Tavertet stands on the Sau dam, surrounded by the imposing cliffs that border the Ter valley. “It is likely that, in its origins, the term of Tavertet was an appendix to the castle of Sant Joan de Fàbregues (which later would be that of Rupit),” they explain from the town hall.


One of the oldest buildings in the town is the church of San Cristobal, documented since 1070, but possibly much earlier. On the other hand, there are the remains of the cornil castle, located on the Puig de la Força. Even the vestiges of this 12th century fortress we can arrive via a marked trail from the town. To this day, part of the foundations and walls, a staircase excavated in the rock and a cistern are preserved.

In the surroundings of the town we will find other attractions such as lookout of The Viewpoint, from where you can contemplate the Sot de Balà valley, the Molí Bernat waterfall and the Les Corts cave. Likewise, we can do hiking trails to see up close the imposing cliffs that dominate the town, such as those of Collsavenc, Moltorer and Baumes, the highest in the municipality.

Views from Tavertet.
Views from Tavertet.

A walk around the town

The urban center of Tavertet is a historical and architectural jewel, and as a whole it has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. In addition to their forty houses (some of them built between the 17th and 18th centuries), we can get lost among Romanesque monuments such as the aforementioned church of San Cristóbal or the hermitages of San Cornelio, San Bartolomé Sesgorgues and Sant Miquel de Sorerols. This last religious temple is “one of the most exemplary examples of the Romanesque architectural style that can be admired in the Osona region,” Osona Tourism explains.

Of Gothic style, farmhouses are preserved surrounding the town such as the Torre and its watchtower, or the Casal de l’Avenc (13th century), one of the best examples of Catalan rural Gothic. Other notable farmhouses are La Perereda, Les Baumes and Sobiranes.

Church of Sant Cristofol.
Church of Sant Cristofol.

If we want to delve into the ancient history of these lands, we can visit dolmens such as that of San Cornelio and that of Ranjols. In addition, in the town there is also a small museum that exhibits archaeological remains and ancient pieces of enormous ethnological value.

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How to get to Tavertet

The drive from the city of Barcelona to Tavertet is 1 hour and 30 minutes on the C-17. From Girona it is 1 hour and 25 minutes on the C-25.

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