The most charming towns in the Osona region

The region of Osona is known for its natural environment, perfect for organizing a romantic getaway for couples or a family outing with children of all ages. However, Osona cannot be understood without the villages that comprise it, each with its own special charm. From the most rural to those that stand out for their modernist heritage, the region has many municipalities that are a must-visit. The magazine Descobrir Catalunya has compiled the most charming villages of Osona.

1. Tavertet

The village of Tavertet is known to be one of the most picturesque corners of the Osona region. Visiting it guarantees tranquility and peace, as it is located in an unbeatable natural environment. In the village, there are Romanesque monuments such as the hermitage of Sant Corneli, the parish church of San Bartomeu Sesgorgues, or the church of Sant Cirstòfol (which was the first building constructed in Tavertet).

Beyond its architectural appeal, what truly stands out about Tavertet are the panoramic views it offers of the Sau reservoir. Additionally, the village has the “mirador de los riscos” (cliff viewpoint), providing a privileged viewpoint of the area. Taking a stroll through Tavertet is one of the best plans to discover the surroundings of Osona as a couple or with children.

2. Alpens

In the Lluçanès region, bordering with Ripollès but still within Osona, we find Alpens. Although little known, the village stands out for its narrow and tranquil alleys, perfect for a pleasant walk. Among its streets, besides visiting the church of Santa Maria, one can find figures, decorations, and wrought-iron knockers, which are a very important part of Alpens’ identity. The art of forging is so significant in the village that it has become a characteristic feature, to the extent of organizing the International Meeting of Blacksmiths, which brings together many enthusiasts on the penultimate Sunday of May.

3. Espinelves

Espinelves is the epitome of a rural village. Although it belongs to the province of Girona, it is still within Osona, and the church of San Esteve takes center stage, with great value for its Romanesque architecture. All the houses in the village are grouped around the church, creating a very picturesque landscape. Beyond its architectural heritage, Espinelves’ natural environment is exceptional, as it is located in one of Catalonia’s largest forested areas, perfect for family excursions and walks. If there’s a special moment in Espinelves, it’s the “Fira de l’Avet” (Fir Fair). As Christmas approaches, the village transforms into a magical nativity scene.

4. Sant Pere de Torelló

Sant Pere de Torelló is a simple and charming village, ideal for a getaway. Beyond the typical rural municipality of the region, the natural surroundings of the village are what stand out the most, with many options to visit as a couple or with family and children of all ages. The “Fageda de Grevolosa” is one of the best-known places in Sant Pere de Torelló, as the centuries-old trees impress everyone, both for their size and the beauty of the forest. This beech forest seems like something out of a fairy tale.

Another essential point to enjoy Osona to the fullest is the sanctuary of Bellmunt, from where you have privileged views of the plain of Vic, the Pyrenees, and the Valley of Ges. Jacinto Verdaguer said it was “a hermitage suspended in the sky,” and it’s hard to disagree. Sant Pere de Torelló has all the ingredients to be one of the most charming villages in Osona.

5. Viladrau

Viladrau is one of the most well-known and charming villages in the Osona region. Being a relatively large town, it combines the beauty of a rural village with all the services and activities necessary for a family getaway. Viladrau is full of history: the church of San Martí dates back to the 11th century, but in the municipality, you can also see many farmhouses in Osona and houses of modernist style. Additionally, it is said that Viladrau was the birthplace of the bandit Serrallonga and where some witches also lived.

Beyond its historical heritage, Viladrau stands out for its natural landscape, with places like Coll de Joan or Sierra de Rosquelles, perfect for organizing excursions of all levels and for all types of groups.

6. Rupit i Pruit

Visiting Rupit and Pruit is like taking a trip back in time to the medieval era. The two villages, which have always been connected, were founded in 1000, with the castle of Rupit. Now, they are some of the most beautiful villages in the area, ideal for a romantic getaway. The wooden and stone houses and the narrow streets still seem medieval and have a very special and unique charm in Osona.

L’Agullola and the river that crosses the town are some of the natural attractions of Rupit, which is undoubtedly one of the most popular villages in the Osona region. Rupit and Pruit receive many tourists throughout the year who want to visit its streets and some well-known spots like the hanging bridge, and that’s why there are guided tours of the medieval center of the town that are very interesting, especially for families and children of all ages. It’s the best way to deeply understand the history and anecdotes of one of the most charming villages in Osona.

7. Vidrà

Like Sant Pere de Torelló, Vidrà is a village known for its views. From the peaks surrounding Vidrà, you can see the plains of Vic and Montseny, the Pyrenees, and, if the weather is good, the Bay of Roses. The natural heritage of the village of Vidrà is truly privileged and ideal for organizing excursions of all levels, for both experienced visitors and families with children.

Around the village of Vidrà, you can discover several farmhouses, churches, and hermitages that make the environment very special. These can be visited on foot or by bicycle, after exploring the historic center of the village that belonged to the family of Guifré el Pilós. Like Rupit, the village of Vidrà receives many visitors, so guided tours exist to learn about the history of the area and see up close how rural life is lived, with various activities for both adults and children.

8. Sant Julià de Vilatorta

Sant Julià de Vilatorta is the village for lovers of modernist art. The municipality has a modernist route, through which all family members can discover the buildings and architectural monuments of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as well as learn more about how families in Sant Julià de Vilatorta lived at that time. Among the best-known modernist buildings in the village are the Roser school, the Casal Nuria, and the Park of the Seven Fountains.

Architectural monuments are not the only historical heritage in Sant Julià de Vilatorta. You can also visit the Vilatorta Aerodrome, an airfield built by the Spanish Republican Air Force in 1938. Sant Julià de Vilatorta is full of history lessons.

9. Folgueroles

For enthusiasts of Catalan literature, Folgueroles is a must-visit. In this village, one of the most beautiful in the Osona region, Jacint Verdaguer, one of the most relevant poets of modern Catalan literature, lived. The Verdaguer House Museum is perfect for learning more about the life of the poet and his renowned work. The museum also organizes highly recommended literary routes.

Additionally, beyond having Jacint Verdaguer’s house as the most popular attraction, Folgueroles is a medieval village with the church of Santa Maria as its central point and charming streets. Strolling through Folgueroles as a couple or with children is a simple but highly recommended option. It’s also a good idea to visit the dolmen of Puigleslloses, one of the best examples of its kind in all of Catalonia.

10. Tavèrnoles

Sant Feliuet de Savassona, Sant Pere de Savassona, Santa Margarida de Ardola, and Sant Esteve are the protagonists of Tavèrnoles. These are the four Romanesque buildings of the village, making Tavèrnoles one of the most beautiful rural municipalities in Osona. Beyond the Romanesque churches, Tavèrnoles is known for its archaeological richness, as Neolithic sites such as the Reguera de la Fíbula, the Stone of Sacrifice, and engraved stones have been found. There are also remains from the Bronze Age and the Roman period, making Tavèrnoles a small village with enormous historical and archaeological wealth. The village is a must-visit for those most interested in history and archaeology and is highly recommended for families with children.

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