Gerri de la Sal


Gerri de la Sal (el Pallars Sobirà-Pyrenees)) is the capital of the municipal district of Baix Pallars, which was created in 1969 with the grouping together of 4 municipal districts(Montcortès, Peramea, Baen and Gerri de la Sal). 
In Gerri la Sal, it is possible to find the enclosed town and a whole series of streets that have maintained their original structure. Points of interest include two lookout towers that previously watched over the salt mines, the prison tower, and the magnificent Salt Store Building or Royal Salt Warehouse; the largest non-religious building in the wholecomarca (local district) and the place where the salt miners of Gerri used to store their salt. This building is now the seat of the  Museum of Gerri de la Sal, which is dedicated to the theme of salt and forms part of a network of museums that are associated with the Museu de la Ciència I la Tècnica de Catalunya (Science and Technology Museum of Catalonia). So, come and discover all the hidden corners of Gerri!

WHAT TO VISIT?

  • The Monastery of Santa Maria. This (12th century) Romanesque-style building is located on the opposite bank of the river Noguera Pallaresa. Features to highlight include the three floor belfry and the interior of the abbey, which is full of period curiosities, including the remains of baroque paintings. 
  • The Salt works of Gerri de la Sal , which were first documented back in the 9th century, became the main economic motor of Gerri. One unit of the salt works (including a pool, arcabota, yard and hut) has now been restored in order to show visitors the production process that was followed at Gerri when salt was produced. It is also possible to see the jet of salt water from which salt can be extracted and a hut containing the tools that were used at the salt works. 
ROUTE

This municipal district contains a whole host of routes which are well worth investigating. We would particularly recommend the Ruta Històrica pel Pla de Corts (Historical Route across the Corts Plain). This 10.3 km walk should take about 3h 30 min and includes a variation in altitude of about 200 m. The route is not difficult and runs from: Peramea – Cortscastell – Montcortès – Bretui – Masia d’Enjaume – Peramea. VARIATIONS: There are a couple of options for those who do not want to do the full route:

1. Peramea – Pujol and then back to Peramea following the main road (1h 15 min)
2. Peramea – Cortscastell and then back to Peramea following the main road (1h 30 min)

CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

Looking at local customs and tradition, the village of Gerri de la Sal has managed to keep alive the traditional Ball de la Morisca (Dance of the Moorish Converts), which is held on the third Sunday in August. For many years now, there has also been an enactment of the corresponding legend as adapted by the writer Pep Coll, with the participation of local actors. Pasqua Granada, or the Second Easter, is celebrated with the Aplec d’Esplà. This is a popular gathering at which the whole village congregates on Mount Pentina and spends the day together.
During this gathering, there is a mass, including the singing of the Gojos de Nostra Senyora d’Esplà (Delights of Our Lady of Esplà), followed by a dinner of brotherhood and then a final dance. On the way back to the village, it is customary to stop off to enjoy a light meal at the Comacalent spring.

WHERE TO EAT?

  • REST. LA COVA, GERRI DE LA SAL
  • REST. CASA TOMÀS, GERRI DE LA SAL 973 66 20 84 
  • BAR REST. CAN PEP, PERAMEA 973 66 22 44
  • XIRINGUITO, GERRI DE LA SAL, Passeig del monestir, s/n (in summer)  


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