Winter activities

In winter the main activities on offer are the guided snowshoe tours and the Fia-Faia celebrations.

Fia-Faia Festival

The Fia-Faia celebrations are a traditional Christmas event whose origins date back to pre-Christian times. They are held on the 24th of December in the village of Bagà and the town of Sant Julià de Cerdanyola, in Berguedà. The celebration was declared a Festival of National Interest by the Catalan government on 16 November 2010. The festivities involve the burning of torches known as “Faies” on Christmas Eve after the traditional call to prayer. Before the burning of the torches takes place, a bonfire is lit in the mountains at the point where the sun sets and the flames are carried from down to the town by a group of “fallaires” or flame bearers, creating an eye-catching night-time spectacle. The bearers distribute the flame to the rest of the “fallaires” when they arrive. This moment is marked by the singing of “Fia-faia, que nostro senyor ha nascut a la paia” (Fia-faia, our Lord was born in the hay).

Guided snowshoe tours

At the Sanctuary we offer two types of guided snowshoe tours: a night tour during the full moon at a location in the Orris area at 1,700 metres altitude, passing through a landscape of mountain meadows and Black Pine forests and suitable for all ages from children to adults; the day tour takes you to the Orris area along a route known as the “Trencapinyes” at an altitude of 1,700 metres, running through subalpine landscapes, mountain meadows and Black Pine forests, while taking in views of Pedraforca mountain. The tour lasts two hours.

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