Cardona Castle (Cardona - Bages)
What you will find
The passage of time has left its mark on every nook and cranny of Cardona Castle: the keep where the castle of the counts still survives, the church that bears witness to the canonry, the Gothic courtyard of the palaces of the dukes of Cardona, the walls from the War of the Spanish Succession or the parador, the military quarters converted into a hotel.
Cardona Castle came into being to consolidate dominion over the lands conquered from Al-Andalus. The importance of its strategic position can be seen from the top of the tower, with its sweeping views of the Cardener valley and the salt flats.
It was the profits from the salt exploitation that made the lords of Cardona one of the most influential dynasties in the politics of the kingdom of Aragón and then the Spanish monarchy.
With time the castle lost its residential function, but took on strategic importance at the time of the conflicts with France. From the 17th century it was strengthened by a crown of bastions that ringed the whole hill. The most emblematic episode in the history of the fortress was acted out by the troops of Felipe V during the War of the Spanish Succession; it became the last Catalan stronghold to surrender on 18 September 1714.
The outstanding element of the complex, however, is the church of Sant Vicenç, built in the 10th century to house a community of canons under the patronage of the lords of Cardona. The unity of the construction has made it one of the jewels of Catalan Romanesque.
Information for visits
08261 Cardona (Bages)
Entitled to concessionary admission charge:
- People aged 65 and over.
- Carnet Jove holders.
- International Student Identity Card holders.
- Large or single-parent family book holders.
- Groups of ten or more people who are not tourists with a prior booking.
Entitled to free admission:
- Children aged under 16.
- Unemployed people upon presentation of proof of their status.
- Accredited members of the ICOM (International Council of Museums) or ICOMOS (International Council of Monuments).
- Accredited members of the Associació de Museòlegs de Catalunya.
- Accredited professional tourist guides upon presentation of proof of their status.
- Teachers who work in education centres that provide government-regulated education, visiting in the course of their duties and accredited by the head of their education centre.
- Accredited members of the press visiting in the couse of their duties who have provided prior notification of their visit in writing.
- Disabled people upon presentation of a certificate confirming their disabled status. The person accompanying htem will also benefit from a free admission rate if the disabled status certificate states that the disabled person requires a companion.
- Foster families upon presentation of proof of their status.
- School parties (pupils in the general education system: infants, primary and compulsory secondary education, students in middle-level vocational training and teaching staff) with a prior booking.
- Free admission on the last Tuesday of every month between 1 October and 30 June
- Groups that book through travel a tourism-related agency, operator or similar company will benefit from a 25% reduction on the applicable admission rate. The authorised guide or person accompanying the group will be given free admission.
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time.
From Tuesday to Sunday, including public holidays.
- From 1 October to 31 May: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
EASTER OPENING TIMES (Last admission 30 minutes before clossing time)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday: from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
Monday: from 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
- From 1 June to 30 September: from 10 a.m. to 7.30 p.m.
SCHEDULES OF NON-GUIDED VISITS
Morning: 10.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.
- From 1 June to 30 September: 3.30 p.m., 4.30 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
- From 1 October to 31 May: 3.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m..
Closed on Mondays except public holidays, 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January.
NOTE: These times are now the ones in use. Please ignore any others published earlier on this or any other website or in informative leaflets and triptychs.
- From July to September: Saturdays and Sundays, at 11 a.m. (Spanish), 1 p.m. (Catalan) and 5 p.m. (Catalan)
- From October to June: Saturdays and Sundays, at 11 a.m (Spanish)., 1 p.m. (Catalan) and 4.30 p.m. (Catalan)
Lenght of the visit: one and a half hours
Charges guided tours: Standard €6 - Pensioners and children (beetwen the ages of 12 and 16) €4
Purchase tickets online at http://entrades.cardonaturisme.cat/ca/individual (recommended option) or 30 minuts befores each visit at the same Cardona Castle
The facilities are equipped for people with disabilities and the blind.