Guardiola de Berguedà
This very mountainous municipality is bounded by the Pal mountain pass in the north, the Fígols gap in the south, the Llobregat river to the east and Pedró dels Quatre Batlles to the west. The municipality also includes the hamlet of Grèixer, situated on the southern slope of the Serra del Moixeró and separated from Guardiola de Berguedà by the municipality of Bagà.
The town itself is modern and owes its existence to the fact that it lies on the crossroads of natural connections between the Lillet and Bastareny valleys. Although the town of Guardiola de Berguedà is relatively modern, various monuments attest to its antiquity, such as 10th century Guardiola castle, the Alt Berguedà watchtower, the monastery of Sant Llorenç and the medieval Guardiola bridge.Of the important architectural heritage of this municipality, of special interest is one of the region’s treasures, the monastery of Sant Llorenç, consecrated in 983, whose church and large crypt are extraordinary examples of the Romanesque.
Also of interest are the church of Gavarrós, dating from the 11th century, the church of Sant Andreu de Gréixer, from the 9th century, and the Foix tower, from the 10th century.
Other recommended visits include the restored Riutort Petroleum Mine and the old train station, which houses an interesting mining exhibition.
A large part of the municipality falls within the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park.
For further information: www.guardioladebergueda.net