The municipalty of Vallfogona del Ripollès is located in a sunny open valley which leads to the neighbour volcanic county of La Garrotxa. As you travel along the winding road towards Olot early in the morning you will see the valley beautifully covered with mist, creating a unique optical effect of a sea of fog (weather permitting).
The municipalty is an area of 38.8 Km2 with 250 inhabitants. Centred in The Ripolles, at the border with Sant Joan les Abadesses, in the North through the Serra de Puig Estela. At the South are the towns of Vidrà and Llaers, with the mountains of Milany and Santa Magdalena. Riudaura at the East and the Port de Coll de Canes, and Ripoll and Sant Barnabas to the West.
The privileged natural surrounding makes it a unique place to enjoy nature throughout the year. Hiking, mountain bike routes to discover, walking, picking wild mushrooms, berries, bathing in river pools, watching birds of prey (Vultures, Kestrels…) are just a few of the possibilities offered in Vallfogona and its surrounding.
Medieval in origin Vallfogona del Ripolles has an historic centre of great interest, included in the Architectural Heritage of Catalonia. Formerly walled, it was only accessible through three gates- the Wall gate at the West, (which gave way to the old way to Ripoll), and Midi, where the path to Milany originated. The town has a square in the centre around which houses, arcades and streets were built, leading to the grounds of The Castle, or also named The Sala, which unfortunately cannot be visited because it is private property. However, we can see the ruins of the old church Popul Mare de Deu, of the 17thC. Its square bell tower is still standing, undisturbed by time. Another landmark building is the imposing parish church of Sant Julia, consecrated in 1961 and located to the road to the springs of La Tosca and Milany. We are currently working on their restoration. In front of the Romanesque façade above the main entrance is our already known Reliquier, a construction of the 17thC, which was used to ward off storms and evil spirits and has become the inspiration for the name of our accommodation.
The hermitages of Santa Cecilia and Santa Magdalena, the church of La Salut, the remains of the Castell de Milany, originally from the 10th C had been part of the domains of the Abbess of the Monastry of Sant Joan or the Viscount of Besalu at different moments in its history. La Teuleria had an old oven which was used to make roof tiles and bricks, which is believed to be in use until late XIX Century and which they found in the middle of the fields thanks to a neighbour.
The Torrent de la Masica, a unique stream and the beautiful beech forest going to the stream of Llastanesa, are other very interesting landmarks of the town evocative and essential.