Bagà is a small village in the Catalan Pyrenees. The village has a medieval origin and retains its old charm. Bagà is located in the north of the Alt Bergueda comarca (county), and is considered to be the historical capital of the region. Apart from its wonderful old town center, Bagà benefits from its beautiful natural surroundings: the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, and the mountain of Pedraforca, a great places for nature lovers, hikers or climbers. The park, which is the largest of its kind in Catalonia, covers three different comarcas (counties): L’Alt Urgell, El Berguedà and La Cerdanya. Due to the richness of its landscape, the area has been declared a “Special Protection Area for Birds” (SPAB) by the European Union, and is known for its remarkable geological diversity, flora and fauna.
Bagà also has a solstice festival, the Fia Faià, much similar to those celebrated in other towns in the area and beyond in the most western Pyrenean comarques (counties) in Catalonia. Fia-faia is an ancient festival that originates from the Sun worship, a more or less general feature of ancient religions in agricultural societies. Worship is based on and around the solstices, which took place in the past on June 24th and December 24th. When Christianity became dominant throughout the ancient Roman Empire, many elements of pre-Christian religions were incorporated and Christianised. The summer solstice became Saint John’s Day (Sant Joan) and the winter solstice became Christmas. The increasing importance of Christmas has smothered pre-Christian rituals, of which only a small residue remains. The “tió” (Christmas log personified as a little log person) is still a Christmas tradition in Catalonia and the Fia-Faia festival has persevered, although it is only known by a small minority. The fact that Christmas is a family celebration and people tend not to travel outside of their hometowns at this time of year means that the Fia-faia festival has remained a secret of the high Llobregat river valleys, almost entirely unheard of outside these areas.
How to get there from Barcelona.
http://turismebaga.com/ – in Catalan only.
http://www.baga.cat/municipi/turisme.htm -official town hall site.
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