On the road from Manresa to Berga in the northern part of the province of Barcelona, the Castle of Cardona is located at the heart of Central Catalonia. From the top of its hill (589m), its golden fortified silhouette built in 886 AD by Wilfred the Hairy was rebuilt in the 18th century. The seat of the one of oldest ruling lineages in the country, it testifies to the existence of the "Salt Lords". A few steps away, the Torre de la Minyona (tower of the young lady), a relic from the 11th century, takes its name from a legend: It is said that Adelaide, the daughter of a viscount of Cardona, was imprisoned in the tower because she was in love with a lord who was an enemy. Climbing up to the top, not only will you have a splendid 360° view once there, but along the way you might encounter her ghost. A masterpiece of Catalan Romanesque art, the exceptional collegiate church of Sant Vicenç is not to be missed.
Together, they currently make up part of the parador (a state-run luxury hotel). It is thus possible to spend the night here and enjoy the sunrise or sunset over the salt mountain that is quite simply sublime. In fact, the mountain itself is really worth visiting. It shelters an 86 metre-deep salt mine that can be visited. To finish off, a walk around the centre of Cardona's Old Town will lead you to the Town Charter and a few stories about the region.