FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Why is there sand in the middle of the Plaça Major?
The central area of the Plaça Major has never been paved or asphalted. There may be several reasons for this, since the square has been used for a wide variety of activities over the course of history: correbous (bull runs), shows, races, concerts... But the most likely reason is that the market has been held here since the Middle Ages. Whatever the case, the sand surface of the square is maintained today out of tradition and is one of its most characteristic features.
What are the must-see attractions in Vic?
A stroll around the Plaça Major and the historical centre, a visit to the Episcopal Museum to view its mediaeval art collection and a visit to the cathedral to see the decorative art of J. M. Sert, the crypt and the cloisters. Another must-see attraction is the Roman Temple, and make sure you don’t leave without purchasing a llonganissa (dry-cured sausage), a truly delicious way to remember your visit!
What’s the best way to visit the historical centre?
We recommend our signposted route that identifies 30 points to be used with a guide booklet provided by the tourist office or the corresponding QR codes, enabling you to discover the heritage, history and character of the city. You can also complete the route using the audio guides provided by the tourist office or sign up for one the guided tours that take place on Saturday afternoons.
Are guided tours available on any day of the week?
The tourist office provides guides and tourist information officers according to the needs of each group wishing to visit the historical centre, cathedral, museums and other attractions. It also offers theme-based visits, with something for everyone. The office provides a free coordination service and groups only have to pay guide fees according to the length of the visit and the number of entry tickets for attractions to which admission is charged.
On what days is the market held in the square?
The market has been held in the square on Tuesdays and Saturdays since the Middle Ages. The markets in Vic have also been a meeting and exchange point for the inhabitants of Osona and the neighbouring counties. Nowadays, the Saturday market is the bigger of the two and also occupies Rambla del Passeig and Rambla del Carme.
When is the Palm Market held?
The Palm Market always falls on the Saturday before Palm Sunday, so it depends on when Easter is. The fair lasts throughout the weekend, from Friday to Sunday.
When is the Mediaeval Market held?
Is public transport recommended if travelling from Barcelona?
Public transport is a very convenient way to travel to Vic because the bus and train stations are located right next to each other in the city centre. You need line 3 of the rodalies (commuter rail) service if coming by train or the e12 bus of the exprés.cat bus network run by the Sagalés company.
When are the local public holidays in Vic?
The local public holiday dates usually chosen by Vic City Council are the Monday after Pentecost (May or June) and 5 July (Festa Major), except when it falls on a Sunday. In that case it depends on the year.
Are the shops open on Mondays?
Many shops are closed on Monday morning but it is business as usual on Monday afternoon. The variety and quality of the shopping in Vic is exceptional for a city of its size, bringing in shoppers from other counties.
What is the most typical dish in Vic?
Vic is deservedly famous for its cuisine although it has no signature dish that could be considered specific to the city. But it does have one world famous product: llonganissa de Vic, a dry-cured sausage that carries the PGI quality seal of the European Union.
Where can I park?
There are plenty of paid parking facilities in the city centre. You have the option of blue zone surface parking or underground car parks. Free parking is available in the large public car parks located just a 15-minute walk away from the city centre. The blue zone in Vic operates from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 20:00. It is free of charge on Sundays and public holidays.