Sant Sebastià Route
The Sant Sebastià Plateau (770 m), at the highest point of which stands a chapel, is a very well-known and much loved place that forms part of the 1714 Route thanks to its significant patriotic value. It is visible from most of the plain and its location makes it a superb vantage point.
We start the route in the sports area of Vic and enter the municipal districts of Gurb and Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer at various points along the way.
One of the landmarks we see along the path is the Galí farmhouse, with a defence tower that probably dates back to the Romanesque (mediaeval) period. It stands next to the 11th-century Parish Church of Sant Joan del Galí, which was fully refurbished in the 17th century.
We then climb sharply up towards Sant Sebastià.
There was already a chapel on this site in the 16th century but the current building with its distinctive bell tower was built in the 18th century. It’s a place of great importance in the history of Catalonia. This is where a group of Catalan patriots who defended the right of Archduke Charles of Austria to succeed the Spanish throne signed the Pacte dels Vigatans (Treaty of the Vic Gentry) in 1705. This event marked the outbreak of the hostilities that led to the Spanish War of Succession, which pitted Charles against Philip V.
We pass close to the Soler Botei building on the way back down from Sant Sebastià and then follow the course of the Mèder River back to the city of Vic.
Mèder River Environmental Route
The Mèder River Environmental Route is a linear route that follows the course of the Mèder River from the centre of Vic to Sentfores, ending up at the La Riera farmhouse and rural accommodation.
This four-kilometre route takes in various areas of interest related to its river setting.
Starting at the Blanqueig Bridge, we continue alongside Carretera de la Guixa (BV-4316) until it passes below the bridge of the N-152. A two-metre wide riverside path begins here, with signs placed along it identifying the various riverbank tree species.
We cross the river over the wooden footbridge at the end of the path and head towards the ford located before the Can Cassany farmhouse. Before reaching the ford we come to a small lookout point which overlooks a 6,000 m2 area of land recovered for the river thanks to a stewardship agreement between the local council and the landowner.
Once we reach the ford we cross to the right bank of the river over another wooden footbridge, which has made the route much more accessible. We pass underneath the C-17 and once again cross over to the path on the left bank of the river, which takes us to La Guixa.
This path, with narrow and wide sections, goes past the Talaia Spring (3) and the Ferro Spring (4) as it reaches La Guixa. The Ferro Spring site has been recently remodelled as part of a Mèder restoration project. A table has been installed in the cleared area, along with a stone bench in a pleasant, shady spot. Unfortunately the water from these two springs is not fit for drinking.
The route continues upriver, leaving behind the district of La Guixa and taking us through a less built-up area all the way to La Riera, on the road to Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer. A grove of oaks and poplars awaits us at the end of the route, a flat spot ideal for resting and relaxing.
From here we can head back to Vic the same way we came or continue on as far as Santa Eulàlia. We also have the option of joining the Vic Green Belt.
Gurri River Environmental Route
The Gurri River Environmental Route is an uninterrupted riverside route stretching more than eight kilometres from the Benages Meanders to the area of Les Casasses. We can continue a few kilometres downriver beyond Les Casasses all the way to the confluence of the Gurri with the Ter. It’s a very pleasant riverside stroll, alternating between the left and right banks of the Gurri.
Although it’s a continuous route, it can be split into various sections.
Gurri River - Els Frares Spring Route
We start at the Benages Meanders (15) on the old Taradell road, which is a small path on the left bank of the river.
The meandering course of the Gurri River as it runs through the Vic Plain is well reflected here. The meander is a bend that occurs in river channels with shallow gradients. In this case we can observe a double meander.
We cross to the right bank of the river over a purpose-built pass and find indications for Els Frares Spring (14), in the municipal district of Santa Eugènia de Berga. This spring, currently lost, was always a very popular place for locals, who would stroll and meet up here, especially in the summer.
Further downriver, we cross back to the left bank over a footbridge and come to El Mercé (13), a listed farmhouse with high quality baroque elements that probably date back to 1672.
Gurri River - Bruguer Bridge Route
We can start the route at Xavier Roca i Viñas Park (5), close to the confluence of the Gurri and the Mèder. This park boasts a sculpture by Joan Furriols, a native of Vic, dedicated to the Assembly of Catalonia.
Following the course of the river along its left bank we can observe the ancient El Pas Meander (6), just where the river takes a sharp 90º turn. The river still flowed through this ancient meander at the turn of the 20th century, but all that indicates its presence today is a line of black poplars. The course of the river was altered when it burst its banks and serious flooding occurred.
From here we can continue along the riverside path, passing by the recently restored Cantarell Spring (11) (known in the past as the Bruguer Spring) and head downriver towards the Casasses area. Following the course of the Gurri, the path links up with the Ter path a few kilometres ahead.
Another option is to cross the Bruguer Bridge and continue the route along the Vic Green Belt, towards Puig dels Jueus or along the riverbanks of the Gurri.
Puig dels Jueus
Puig dels Jueus is a small wooded hill located in the north-east of the municipal district of Vic. It has a surface area of 135,000 m 2 and is surrounded by fields of crops.
The site was used as a Jewish cemetery in the Middle Ages, hence the name Puig dels Jueus (Jews’ Hill). The land was later used for agricultural purposes but later fell into disuse.
Vic City Council purchased part of the land a few years ago in order to restore this natural area using environmental criteria. Typical local tree species were planted, such as oaks, holm oaks, European nettle trees, black poplars and poplars.
The site is designed as a leisure and sports area for the local population. It’s also used for environment-related educational activities.
Various renewable energies are also showcased at the site. The windmill draws water from the well through wind energy. This water is stored in a tank with a capacity of 100,000 litres, to be used for watering purposes if and when necessary. On windless days, the water is drawn by means of a solar-powered pump.
The solar panels installed at the site also serve to pump the water from the tank to the watering system.
There’s also a solar-powered lamp post that serves to light the table area. When fully charged it can last from six to eight hours.
The final component of the project is a 2.1 m2 solar thermal collector. It’s installed in a spring in order to draw both hot water (heated by the panels) and cold water (public network connection).