The Top 10 Things to See and Do in Vic, Spain

Vic
Vic | © Victoriano Javier Tornel Gar / Flickr
Tara Jessop

Located north of Barcelona in the direction of the Pyrenees mountains, Vic is an important Catalan town with a long history and a rich local culture. There are a number of historic monuments to be admired in the town, not least its impressive main square and town hall, but Vic is also renowned for its gastronomy, with the local cured meats considered some of the best in Catalonia.

The Plaça Major

The Plaça Majos is Vic’s main square and the hub of much of the town’s activity. The square is bordered by vaulted arcades that give access to the numerous shops, cafés and restaurants that are located on the square. There are some rather notable buildings to be admired here, including the 14th-century gothic town hall building, the 14th-century Casa Cormella and the Casa Costa, a 20th-century modernist building.

Plaça Major, Vic

1. Episcopal Museum

Museum

Founded in 1891, the Episcopal Museum of Vic contains an impressive collection of some 29,000 pieces of Catalan gothic and romanesque artwork. These include paintings, jewellery, textiles, archaeological remains, ironwork, glasswork and pottery. The museum was given a new home in 2002 and offers interactive tours via an app or guided tours with a local guide.

Ride in a Hot-Air Balloon

One of the most memorable ways to discover the town of Vic is to take to the air for a spectacular balloon ride. The town is surrounded by the mountains of the Montseny natural park, and a balloon ride offers the chance to admire the Catalan countryside at the same time as Vic’s most famous landmarks.

Discover Vic by hot-air balloon

2. The Monastery of Sant Pere Casseres

Monastery

Located a short drive from Vic, perched on a cliff overlooking the river Ter, the Monastery of Sante Pere Casseres is an 11th-century Benedictine monastery constructed in romanesque style and open to the public today. The grounds offer scenic vistas of the surrounding countryside and are ideal for trips with children, who will particularly enjoy the grounds.

Sample Local Embutidos

Vic is famous across Catalonia for its traditional cured meats known as embutidos, including such things as fuet (a dried pork sausage flavoured with pepper and sometimes aniseed), botifarra (a raw pork sausage cooked and served as a main course) and bull negre (a cured sausage made with pork meat and pork blood, like a black pudding). There are many shops selling these cured meats across Vic and these are widely considered some of the best in the region.

Fuet sausage from Vic

Eat at a Local Restaurant

A visit to Vic wouldn’t be complete without the chance to sample the local fare, rich in locally cultivated produce such as Sant Pau beans and cured meats from around Vic. The restaurant Boira is a favourite among locals, as is the Celler d’en Miquel, both of which offer traditional dishes such canelons, escudella i carn d’olla (a soup with pasta and meatballs) and fideua (noodle) dishes.

The Medieval Market

Once a year in December, the town of Vic leaps back in time and transforms into a veritable Medieval market town. Here you’ll be able to purchase traditional handicraft gifts and local produce such as cured meats, pulses, jams and liquors, as well as enjoy displays of traditional dance and even reenactments of the town’s history.

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