The town hall seems like an odd tourist attraction, but in truth there far more than meets the eye when it comes to this seat of municipal government. The building is, actually, a part of the larger Monastery and Cloister construction next door, and was built in the 17th century. In the 19th century, when the State was busy chopping up monastic...more
The Statue 27 of May is a monument to the resistance of the people of Ripoll during Spain's first Civil War, the First Carlist War. In 1839, the people of Ripoll, a Liberal town, resisted the attack by Carlist forces for eight days. Eventually, the town fell, several inhabitants were killed and buildings were destroyed. To commemorate the...more
The Monastir de Santa Maria de Ripoll was famous for its manuscript copying, so it is a bit surprising that the Monastery has no examples of the manuscripts on display. The reason for that is that the documents are all kept in a more suitable museum in the new part of town, called the Scriptorium. This museum is in fact a combination of traditional...more
The Monestir de Santa Maria de Ripoll is pretty much the biggest attraction in all of Ripoll. That's not to say that it is not an interesting place in and of itself, but this is likely to be the only structure in Ripoll to retain your interest for more than 30 minutes. The monastery was founded in 880 by Guifré el Pilós, a count of the lands...more
The Cloisters are, of course, part of the Monastery, and the ticket you purchase to enter the Monastery will give you access to the Cloisters as well. Nevertheless, they seem a world apart from the church, which is dark and musty, whereas the Cloisters include a bright, airy garden with plenty of cedars and scultped hedges. The masonry of the...more
Saturday is a market day in Ripoll and, even in winter, the local people from the surrounding area will bring in their produce to sell along the banks of the river. The market gives you a great opportunity to interact with the locals.
What to buy: I bought delicious oranges... look for what is in season.
What to pay: Usually slightly less than the supermarkets in Barcelona.
Carneval is a big time of celebration all across the Catholic world, so it should be a surprise that its celebrated in Catalunya as well. Of course, when its cold enough for there to be frost and snow on the ground, no one goes about in skimpy costumes like they're in Rio, but people do like to put on a bit of a show to ward off the February blahs. In Ribes de Freser, some of the local shops show their festive side with decorations in their windows. I got this snapshot of a shop assistant dressed up like a French maid, tending to her scarecrow friend outdoors. In true Catalan fashion, sweets are all on display for the festivities, so dig in!
The Passeig de l'Àngel Guimerà is a road that runs parallel to the Carrer Major in Ribes de Freser, except for the fact that it is on the other side of the stream/river. This means that, although there is more modern development out here, you get better views of the surrounding hills and mountains than you would if you walked along the Carrer...more
The Church in Ribes de Freser is likely an old one, although little information about it is available. It crowds in on the Plaça de l'Ajuntament, but its dark stone walls blend nicely with the other shops and offices on the Carrer d'Eres. The church was not open when I visited the town, and I suspect that it only opens for community events, not...more
The Castell de Ribes or Castell de Sant Pere is probably the only clue to the ancient heritage of Ribes de Freser. The tourism boom (which started in the 70s) masks the fact that Ribes de Freser was inhabited first by Vandals in the 5th century, although the first documented proof comes to use from 10th century manuscripts. The Castell de Ribes or...more