Cross the Pyrenees as an authentic Cathar.
If history, nature and trekking are your passions, then the Good Men’s path and the variant of the Last Cathar Path are great for you.
Get to know first-hand the spectacular Cadí-Moixeró Park from the perspective of the exile path taken by the Occitan Cathars, also known as Good Men and Good Women. The Cathars had a very rigid moral, refused wealth and promoted pure and simple Christi anism. Therefore, they were considered hereti c by the Catholic Church, which with the help of the King and French Aristocrats, initiated their prosecution and extermination. This action forced the Cathars to go into exile, running away from the Inquisition and the Catholic Crusade.
The Path of Good Men is a memory of the path that these men followed in their escape between the Queralt Sanctuary, in Berga (Catalonia) and the Montsegur Castle in the French region of Ariège.
In the Path of the Last Cathar, we will follow the tracks of Guillem de Belibasta, the last documented Cathar, through his testimony along this 189Km trans-border route. You will discover the magic landscapes of the Catalan and French Pyrenees, the breath-taking beauty of three Natural Parks, (Cadí Moixeró, Alt Pirineu and Ariège, passing by Berguedà, Cerdanya, Alt Urgell, El Solsonès and Pallars Sobirà), which is sprinkled with forests, rivers, waterfalls and small towns, and will allow you to discover the hospitality of the people which will try and make your journey an unforgettable experience.
BEAR IN MIND
Difficulty: Medium- High
Duration: 7 to 10 days
Languages: Catalan, spanish, english, french
Material: Comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, rucksack
Season: May to October
Starting Point: 1. Berga; 2. Bagà
WHAT CAN I DO
First stage of the route, in the Berguedà.
The path starts in the old town of Berga, where we will discover medieval streets and yards, highlighting its “call” or Jewry and the only entryway of the ancient walls, as well as the front wall of the Peguera Palace, both gothic. Dominating the city in the spotlight are the San Fernando Castle and the Queralt Sanctuary. From the sanctuary, a monolith indicates the start of the Path. From here we will go to Gósol, where the first stage ends.
Within the old town, now in ruins, the castle tower that dominated one of the paths of Central Catalonia stands out. In Gósol we can also visit the Picasso Museu, or the Rural Life Museum.
From there we will direct ourselves to Bagà through the Coll de Bauma. After these 2 stages through the Berguedà, the route enters the Cerdanya, where it will make its way until the end at the Montsegur Castle. There is a network of services at your disposal to facilitate the path, which you can do on your own or with an organized group, while enjoying amazing landscapes and listen to the echo of history. Some of these services are: information offices, accommodation, mountain guides, luggage transportation, travel agencies and taxis.
This Path is a “Sender de Gran Recorregut” (GR-107) a long-distance footpath that can be done by foot, horseback riding, most sections on a MTB or you even have the option of doing it in your own vehicle.
Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park Center
C/ la Vinya, 1 • 08695 Bagà
Tel. 938 24 41 51 • Fax 938 24 43 12
Pedraforca Massif interpretation Center
Pl. Pedraforca, s/n • 08697 Saldes
Tel.: 93 825 80 46
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