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THE PATH OF GOOD MEN AND THE PATH OF THE LAST CATHAR

CERDANYA / PN del Cadí - Moixeró
THE EXPERIENCE Trekking, cultural patrimony and nature. Do you know the fascinating history of the Cathars, also known as the Good Men?

The Cathars were profoundly spiritual and radical in their ideas, which opposed the Catholic Church, rejected materialism, treated their women equally, defended free love and confirmed that hell did not exist. These men, considered to be heretics, questioned the authority of the Catholic Church of the twelfth century and ended up being persecuted by religious institutions until their eradication.
 
But like every free man and faithful to their beliefs, they left a mark wherever they passed; a trace that today we can still follow on two routes that cross the Pyrenees through Catalan and French lands: The Path of Good Men and the Path of the last Cathar. We invite you to do the complete itinerary which you can do by foot, on horseback or in mountain bike.
BEAR IN MIND Difficulty: Medium
Duration: 9 to 10 days
Languages: Catalan, spanish, english and french
Material: Cross-country sportswear 
Season: Year-round
Starting Point: Queralt Sanctuary in Berga

 

 


WHAT CAN I DO The route of approximately 200 km, is divided into 9 stages (4 in Catalonia and 5 in France). The route begins in the Sanctuary of Queralt de Bagà and continues through Gósol until reaching the French town of Foix passing through the towns of Bagà, Bellver de Cerdanya, Porta, Merens, Els Vals, Orgeix, Comús, Montsegur and Roquefixada.

Individual or organized tour will allow you to discover enchanting landscapes listening to the echo of history, while enjoying a series of specific services of the route such as: catering, accommodation, transport, tourist offices and equestrian centers that will help you complete the route successfully.

If you do not have 9 days, but you are interested in the world of Good Men, you can take part in different activities around the peculiar world of these men. From living like a real Cathar, enjoying their gastronomy; to carrying out part of the itinerary through which they passed in their flight with guided excursions; participating in different theatrical activities and you can even meet them.
+ INFORMATION Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park Center
C/ la Vinya, 1 • 08695 Bagà
Tel. 938 24 41 51 • Fax 938 24 43 12
pncadimoixero@gencat.cat


Alt Pirineu and Cadí-Moixeró Natural Parks Visitor Center
Av. Valls d’Andorra, 33 • 25700 La Seu d’Urgell
Tel. 973 360 954
pnaltpirineu@gencat.cat

OTHER EXPERIENCES Tuixent and medicinal plants
Visit the town of Tuixent, famous for the historical use of medicinal plants and know the history of turpentines.  

Ossera, artisan town
Know the artisans who live in Ossera and learn a little more about their crafts.   

Birdwatching in the Pyrenees
Come to the Natural Park to know the native birds that inhabit. 

Learn how to be a shepherd
Live a day as a true shepherd in the Cadí-Moixeró.  

“Cavalls de Vent”
Circular route through stages between mountain shelters for nature lovers, hiking and cycling.