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VILADRAU AND MONTSENY

Set in an exceptional location in the county of Osona, Viladrau is perched on a hill at an altitude of 840 metres, on the right bank of the Major stream.

A sizeable part of the village of Viladrau lies within the Montseny Natural Park, decreed on 20 February 1987 by the Government of Catalonia in order to foster its conservation in a manner that is compatible with the orderly use of its resources and the activities of its inhabitants. The Montseny massif, on account of its varied geological features and the diversity and peculiarity of its ecosystems, has always been deemed a place worthy of protection. In 1978, UNESCO included Montseny within the MAB (Man and the Biosphere) programme’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

The cold and dry climate in winter and temperate climate in summer makes for a wild, mountainous and welcoming landscape that beckons travellers and holidaymakers to bask in this extraordinary setting. Forests, water and humans, three important elements which, over the centuries, have shaped life, customs and the landscape of a village that lives in harmony with its surroundings.

 

PLACES OF INTEREST

Can Pau Moliner Bridge
Small cart bridge in the shape of a donkey’s back with no railings. It rises above the Major stream, in front of the house from which it takes its name, where the old road from Viladrau to Vic changes side to continue on the left bank of the stream.

La Sala
Set against the towering ridges of the Oriol and Sant Segimon mountains, stands Viladrau’s La Sala farmhouse on a small hill carved out by the Erola and Rentadors streams.

L'Oreneta Fountain
The fountain was built in 1936 in tribute to Guerau de Liost, the pen name of Jaume Bofill i Mates. Set in a picturesque spot boasting marvellous views of the village, it features a beautiful stele sculpted by Joan Rebull.

The Nine-Branched Chestnut Tree
One of the most emblematic trees in Montseny. Its age, its posture and its candelabra-like shape make it a truly spectacular tree. Two of the tree’s largest branches were splintered by strong winds in 1987.

 

FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Chestnut Fair
The Chestnut Fair has been held since 1995. It seeks to promote a commercial activity that combines culture, nature and the recovery of a product of the land that is so characteristic yet so little known, that is, the chestnut of Viladrau and Montseny.

 Local Festival
The festival plays host to a multitude of popular activities that cater for all tastes and ages. It would not be complete without the fair, the dances in the pavilion, popular dances, sardanes (traditional Catalan dance), the correfoc (“fire-run” with fire-breathing dragons and devils) and the local festival’s Celebratory Mass.

Tree Festival
It came into being to mark the centenary of the Tree Festival. Combining educational and recreational activities, it revolves around the theme of nature, plants and forests. In addition, it features a fun and cultural festival with the participation of locals and visitors alike. The festival is held on the weekend closest to 23 March.

Witches’ Ball
Every year Viladrau holds the Witches’ Ball, the staging of a sabbath held in the town in 1617, which culminated with passing a death sentence and executing 14 women charged with witchcraft.