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    There’s a lot more you can do apart from going to the Patum
    “It is a broken country, cleft by one ravine after another, a rough, inhospitable land; sometimes, in the lower part of the county, a gorge widens and we find a centuries-old forest. The villages are few and far between, brown-stoned, harshly picturesque, surrounded by a silence that seems to come from the depths of the earth; every so often, you see farmhouses, spacious, patriarchal, as if suspended on the mountain slopes with the sound of a stream tumbling at the bottom of the valley. The sheer presence of the mountains is overwhelming, absorbing, and they give the Upper Berguedà the quality to which it owes its grandiosity: its views. Their majesty is simply superb.”
    The writer Josep Pla, talking about the Berguedà
    Berga, capital of the Berguedà, is located in the centre of the county, acting as a hub for its economic and social life and its communication networks. With just over 16,700 inhabitants, the town lies at the foot of the mountains of Queralt, looking towards the Llobregat valley.
    The environs of Berga are ideal for all sorts of trips and outings. The shrine of Queralt, always open to the visitor, is a veritable balcony over Catalonia, a fusion of nature and devotion to the Holy Virgin. Of particular interest among the local architectural heritage are the Romanesque churches, of which one jewel stands out in particular: the Pre-Romanesque church of Sant Quirze de Pedret. Just 14 km from Berga is the former ski resort of Rasos de Peguera with its spectacular scenery.
    If you want to find out more about Berga: what to do, what to visit, where to spend the night or where to enjoy its incomparable cuisine, visit the website www.turismeberga.cat

    At Corpus, during the Patum, Berga undergoes a transformation. Here are some ideas for things you can do if you’re going to stay with us over these days, without missing out on any of the main events of the Patum.
    June
    Wednesday
    3
    At 12 midday
    You have to be in the Plaça de Sant Pere (Saint Peter’s Square) to watch the Patum de Lluïment (Daytime Patum).
    At 2 in the afternoon
    You can have lunch in any of the restaurants in Berga and the surrounding area. More information at:
    www.turismeberga.cat/on-menjar
    At 4 in the afternoon
    You can visit the Pre-Romanesque church of Sant Quirze de Pedret. But before you go, call 608 74 88 89 to book a tour.
    At 6 in the evening
    Visit the Berga Interpretation Centre, in the same building that houses the Berga Tourist Office, not far from the Plaça de Sant Pere.
    At 8 in the evening
    You have to be in the Plaça de Sant Pere if you want to see the start of the evening Patum procession (or passada), which then follows a route stopping at the homes of the town’s authorities.
    Thursday
    4
    At 12 midday
    The midday Patum procession (passada) starts at the Plaça de Sant Pere. It marks the official start of the Patum festivities.
    At 2 in the afternoon
    You can have lunch in any of the restaurants in Berga and the surrounding area. More information at:
    www.turismeberga.cat/on-menjar
    At 4 in the afternoon
    You can visit the shrine of Queralt, Catalonia’s balcony, strolling along the paths while enjoying the spectacular views.
    At 6 in the evening
    If you already know how or you want to learn, you can dance ‘sardanes’ (traditional circle dances) in the Plaça Viladomat; or follow the route through medieval Berga called “Un Tomb per Berga”. You can find information on this route at the town’s Tourist Office.
    At 8.30 in the evening
    You need to find a spot in the Plaça de Sant Pere. The evening Patum performances are about to begin.
    Friday
    5
    At 12 midday
    In the Plaça de Sant Pere, the Children’s Patum de Lluïment.
    At 5 in the evening
    In the Plaça de Sant Pere, the Children’s Full Patum
    Saturday
    6
    At 10 in the morning
    ou can visit the Mining Museum in Cercs. The visit lasts for about 1 3/4 hours.
    www.mmcercs.cat
    At 1 in the afternoon
    You can take the Cement Train at La Pobla de Lillet to visit the Artigas Gardens, designed by Gaudí, and the Asland Cement Museum. You can have lunch at La Pobla de Lillet.
    At 7.30 in the evening
    In the Plaça de Sant Pere, the Patum performances are about to begin. It continues with a procession around the streets of Berga.
    Sunday
    7
    At 12 midday
    You have to be in the Plaça de Sant Pere to watch the Patum de Lluïment
    At 2 in the afternoon
    You can have lunch in any of the restaurants in Berga and the surrounding area. More information at:
    www.turismeberga.cat/on-menjar
    At 4 in the afternoon
    The Berguedà has one of the highest concentrations in Europe of self-contained industrial communities, built like enclosed villages: the old textile mills along the river Llobregat. They’re just 5 minutes by car from Berga. But before you go, visit the website
    www.parcfluvial.cat
    At 7.30 in the evening
    You need to find a spot in the Plaça de Sant Pere. The evening Patum performances are about to begin.
    Han col·laborat desinteresadament entre altres:
    Salvador Vinyes - Anna Parcerisa - Berta Francàs - Albert Rumbo - Ma Dolors Santandreu - Jordi
    Cohen - Foto Luigi - Toni Sales - Sílvia Massana - Mireia Ferran - Jordi Plana - Antònia Prat
    Pascal Hanrion - KAP
    Les despeses tècniques de la web (Informat Picas-Prat, SL),
    s'han pogut assumir gràcies a l'aportació de l'Associació La Patum Productors.
    Traductors: Steve Pepper, Jaume Fígols