In Sant Fruitós de Bages, at the heart of Central Catalonia, lies the Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages. Saturated with a thousand years of history, it was one of the most important monasteries in Catalonia in the 10th century. Founded in about 950 around the relics of Saint Valentine, it has preserved a Benedictine abbey, church and cloister from the Middle Ages displaying a range of art from the Romanesque to the Catalan. Nevertheless, there is a Gothic air about the abbatial palace and the caves that can be visited. Repurchased in 1907 by the family of the painter Ramon Casas, the monastery became a summer residence boasting baroque influences, bringing a modern touch to the structure. More than 2,000 pieces decorate this 'holiday villa' with its air of bourgeois romanticism. Today, the Monastery of Sant Benet de Bages is a place of serenity and discovery, where interactivity and history come together, plunging visitors into the heart of a multi-sensory experience.
For those who are really curious, right beside the monastery they will find the Alícia Foundation, which is a research centre dedicated to technological innovation in matters of nourishment that was founded in 2003 (it was formerly in Barcelona). Thus, contrasts and harmony summarise this unique place only one hour from the airport of Barcelona.