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Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up

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Barcelona, Spain

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Journey to one of Catalonia’s hidden historic gems on this full-day tour to Cardona and the mysterious mining caves of Salt Mountain. Marvel at ancient, crystalline salt deposits deep inside the earth, and learn about centuries of Spanish history on a tour of medieval Cardona, including its imposing castle.
  • Full-day tour to Cardona and Salt Mountain from Barcelona
  • Great way to learn about Catalonian and Spanish history
  • Barcelona hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Small group limited to 8 people ensures personalized service
Professional local guide
Walking tour of medieval town of Cardona
Visit of Salt Mountain (to be paid on the day of the tour)
Visit of Cardona Castle (to be paid on the day of the tour)
Hotel or apartment pickup and drop-off in Barcelona city (between 8 and 9 am)
Air-conditioned vehicle
Small Group tour of max 8 people
Salt Mountain & Cardona Castle (approx. 16) To be paid to the guide, the day of the tour.
Food and drinks
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
- We will pick you up from any hotel or apartment in Barcelona. Please make sure to include the address of your accommodation when booking.
- Even if your Hotel is not listed, you can type it down in the field.
- Pick-up time will be between 8 and 9 am. We will send a message 24 hours prior departure through the booking system to inform you on the specific pick-up time at your hotel as well as the name of your guide and the telephone number.

Departure Time

9:00 AM
After morning pickup at your Barcelona accommodations, travel roughly 62 miles (100 km) into the heart of Catalonia to reach ‘Saline Valley,’ home to an open pit of natural salt deposits. Used by humans since Neolithic times and operated as of one of the world’s most important salt mines from 1929 to 1990, the area is now preserved for education as the Salt Mountain Cultural Park.

Learn about the mine’s history at a museum housed in the old ‘Maria Teresa’ mineshaft, and then descend 282 feet (86 meters) below ground for a guided tour of the Salt Mountain chambers filled with marvelous stalactite and stalagmite formations. (Please note the mine tour is offered in Spanish only, but your guide can help translate).

Continue on to nearby Cardona, one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval towns, where you will hear local legends and history on a guided tour through it's winding streets lined with Gothic and Romanesque buildings. Then, venture into the impressive Castle of Cordona, a nearly impregnable fortress that resisted invasion during the 1714 War of Spanish Succession and the Napoleonic Wars. After this glimpse into centuries of Spanish history, relax on the return ride to Barcelona.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Plaza de Cataluna
This tour will start from your accommodation in Barcelona. Your guide will pick you up at any apartment or hotel in Barcelona, you are staying in. Please, make sure to specify the exact adress of your accomodation when booking. Once the pick-up is completed, you will head to the first destination of your tour.
Stop At:  
El Parque Cultural de la Montana de Sal
This daytour will take you to the Cultural Park of the Salt Valley of Cardona. This protected area is 1,800m long, 600m wide and has an area of 100ha. The site offers amazing views of the valley, old mine galleries, and a display of the mineral extraction machinery once used in this area. Have fun learning about the history of salt exploitation, the geology, mineralogy and botany of this region.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Castillo de Cardona, Conjunto
While Iberian remains have always been linked to the richness of the Saline Valley, the origins of Cardona are in its Castle. The village, which grew from the fortification, is today incredibly well preserved. Besides the medieval charm of its streets and squares, you will also find examples of Gothic and Romanesque churches, chapels and civilian architecture. The geographical location of the fortress, on the top of the mountain, perfectly meets its historical need to defend the access to the salt mines. The structure also enjoys a privileged view of the Cardener River Valley. From the XI to the XV century, the castle served as the residence of some of the noblest lineages of lords in the country. As a defensive structure for the salt mines, the castle endured several sieges throughout its history.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Small group tour of max. 8 guests
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • The Private tour option includes the entrance tickets to the Salt Mountain & Cardona Castle
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY In Out Barcelona Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Medieval Cardona & Salt Mountain Cultural Park Small Group Tour & Hotel pick-up.

Traveler Tips


  • "Well worth seeing inside this mountain and learning about the town and surrounding area." See review

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Well worth seeing inside this...
Linda H
, Nov 2017
Well worth seeing inside this mountain and learning about the town and surrounding area. We had the guide and a driver to ourselves and it was a very comfortable and easy trip. The guide found a local restaurant for us on the way back and my husband and I had a delicious lunch. The guide and driver ate while we were doing the salt mine tour, so didn't want to join us for lunch. They could have hurried us back to Barcelona, but gave us the chance to enjoy our lunch which we really appreciated.
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This was a surprise trip. We booked...
Judy B
, Jun 2016
This was a surprise trip. We booked from Australiia as a small private tour mainly on the picture of the castle with the Salt Mountain as an aside. We were collected at our hotel by guide Marius and my friend and I spent the day with him as we ventured to Cardona and the castle, lunch in the nearby old town square, and then on to Salt Mountain. What a hidden gem. This would have to be the best kept secret on the tourist trail. Even though the Salt Mountain guide only spoke spanish with Marius' help we understood the story. We went into the caves and what a sight. One of the most memorable sights on our long trip
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We were picked up from our hotel...
Jaclyn T
, May 2016
We were picked up from our hotel around 9am and drove to Cardona. The tour guide gave us a lot of information on the region, and made the trip interesting. The salt mine tour was interesting, but only offered in Spanish. Our guide went with us to translate, which really helped. overall, great day.
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I was a bit unsettled initially to...
Heather C
, Mar 2016
I was a bit unsettled initially to be picked up in an unmarked van with most seats removed and no badges worn by the guides. The one guide had good knowledge and decent english and the other guide I think was just driver. In fact he seemed as much a tourist as we did, taking pictures and exploring with us or on his own. We were disappointed that the tour of the salt mountain did not have a guide in English. We really did miss out on a lot of the information. The gentlemen for very pleasant and were very happy to drop us in the city rather than back at our hotel. It was a pleasant day but not the polished tour I have been with Viator in the past.
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Cardona es un lugar bonito pero no...
helen.h.garcia
, May 2017
Cardona es un lugar bonito pero no hay mucho que ver . La mina de sal es mucho mas interesante.
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