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"Cardona Salt Mine And Castle By Bus"

Former salt mine active till 1990. Now open for guided tours and mine museum. Medieval 9th Century castle and luxury hotel. Once used to store the salt.

Address: Carraterra de la Mina s/n, Cardona. 08261

Summary of prices for Cardona Salt Mine And Castle By Bus

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information
Adult 25.75 Euros 21.00 Euros Over 65 years 17 Euros
Child 19.00 Euros 12-16 Years, See Website
Group/Family Ticket: 25+ Adults - See Website.
Notes: Child Fares vary depending on age.
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About Cardona Salt Mine And Castle By Bus

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Cardona Castle

Construction of the imposing Castle started two thousand five hundred years ago. During the Middle Ages it was the residence of the Lords of Cardona. Centuries and centuries of history lie behind this unbreachable fortress, which is also site of the remarkable Collegiate Church of Sant Vicenc, a jewel of Catalan Lombard Romanesque architecture. Discover why the Lords of Cardona were known as the Kings without a Crown.

Today parts of the castle are a four star hotel - Parador de Cardona.

Opening times and tickets for the Cardona Castle guided tour can be found on the website.

Guided tour of Cardona Salt mine

Down to a depth of 86 metres, visitors can observe the interior of the galleries of the Salt Mountain, which were opened in 1997 to the public. Included is the full splendour and spectacular nature of the different folds and seams.

With the entry ticket, a stroll around the above ground former mining facilities: The museum area is located under the imposing headframe structure of the old mineshaft, which is known as Maria Teresa. It is an open space that features a presentation of the history of salt mining, the geology, mineralogy and the botany of this Site of Natural Interest - the Salt Valley of Cardona.

You can now visit the mineshaft machine building to observe a true jewel of industrial archaeology: the shaft machinery was designed and built by Alsthom (now known as Alstom) in the nineteen-twenties. In the basement there is a photography exhibition.

The former carpenter's shop and mechanical workshop is now home to the Salt Handicraft Centre, Art-Sal, and the Memory of the Women of the Mining Colonies exhibition. It now houses a cafe with outside terrace plus the gift shop located in the reception.

Guided Tour tickets for Cardona Salt Mine can be found on the website.

I strongly advise booking tickets online and in advance for the Castle and Salt mine as places are limited.

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Visiting Cardona Salt Mine And Castle By Bus

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Suggested schedule & Time management for Salt mine & Castle visit

Below is a suggested itinery to allow you to do this as a day trip. However, If this seems a bit rushed then on the Cardona tourism website there are details about where to stay in Cardona.

06:15 - 06:30 Arrive at Estacio de Nord bus station and identify the departing bay for Cardona bus on information screens.

06:30 - 08:16 Alsa Bus Departing Barcelona to Cardona. Journey time 1h 46m.

08:16 - 10:00 Get Breakfast and explore Historic town centre of Cardona.

10:00 - 10:30 Walk up to castle via cami de Castel next to tourist information office

10:30 - 12:00 Cardona Castle guided tour.

12:30 - 12:50 Walk from the Centre of town to the salt mine.

13:15 - 14:15 Start of guided tour of interior of salt mine in English. Arrive well before 13:15 to get equipped with hardhat.

14:15 - 15:00 A short food break in the mine cafe/Restaurant

15:00 - 16:00 Explore freely the surface exhibits of the Cardona Salt mine.

16:00 - 17:00 Walk back to centre of town exploring historic town centre

17:14 Return bus to Barcelona. Do not miss the bus as the only alternative way of getting home is a 60 Euro taxi ride to Manresa then a 10-euro train ride back to Barcelona.

Getting To Cardona Salt Mine And Castle By Bus

To reach Cardona there is a regular bus service that covers the Barcelona-Andorra route. The company ALSA runs four buses a day to Cardona. Cardona does not have a train station but the neighbouring city of Manresa, 30 km from Cardona, has both RENFE and FGC railway services that connect to Barcelona. From Manresa you can get a bus or taxi (for about 60 euros).

I got a bus from barcelona, departing from Estacio de Nord bus terminal near Metro and Renfe Arc de Triumfo on the red (L1) line. This took about 1 hour, 45 minutes to get to Cardona.

To check the bus timetable and buy tickets consult the Alsa website.

There are only two busses from Barcelona to Cardona per day. To allow time to visit the castle and salt mine select the morning bus departing Barcelona at 06:30 and the return bus departing 17:14 from Cardona.

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