WHAT CAN WE VISIT?
La Rectoria is in the village of Pedra, at an altitude of 1120 metres and a population of 15 inhabitants. It lies between the villages of Bor and Riu de Cerdanya, forming part of the municipality of Bellver de Cerdanya, in the Natural Park of Cadi Moixero.
The church of Sant Julia dating back to the XI century has been restored and declared a historic-artistic national monument. It is one of the oldest churches in the region and is situated at the top of a hill. In the 12th century it was established as a parish and in 1198 it was plundered by the Cathars under the orders of the count of Foix and viscount Arnau de Castellbo. During the Spanish civil war in 1936 it was sacked again and a fire caused the roof to fall in. The oldest part conserved is the nave with a wooden overhang built in the 15th century to replace the vault that covered it. The walls that make up the apse are more than two metres thick and the belfry is as wide as the nave.
Inside the church there are photographs of the Romanic of La Batllia and part of the ecclesiastical heritage of the area.
In the summer recitals are held in the cycle Concerts al Romanic de Bellver de Cerdanya. Jacint Verdaguer (a Catalan writer, regarded as one of the greatest poets of Catalan literature) wrote about the church in 1883 and is said to have held a mass there.
The fountain is found after a five minutes walk from La Rectoria, following a small footpath and crossing the Bavosa torrent. It’s a cool spot and rich in vegetation. The fountain is vaulted and made of stone. Next to the fountain and following the torrent a little way upstream there are two pools ideal for a dip for the hardy!
THE FOU DEL BOU CAVE
One of the most special spots in our area. Walking from the hostel we take less than an hour. We need to get to Bor then go towards the hermitage of Sant Marcel and after a few metres take the footpath to La Fou. It’s a pretty walk of not more than 15 minutes, which takes us to the source of la Fou where the water bubbles out of the ground at the foot of the Serrat de la Quera. There are plenty of rocks to sit on and enjoy the tranquillity and the surroundings.
From here you can visit the cave. It’s a cavern of more than 4 km with narrow damp passageways. La Tuta Gran is a system with various openings such as Tuta Freda or Tuta del Bosc. Entry to the cave has to be with specialised guides.
To finish the excursion we can either return by the same route or crossing the stream, we arrive at a meadow from which we can follow a narrow path, which takes us to the upper part of Bor. It’s a circular route of approximately 1.5km
Bellver is one of the largest and prettiest localities in the Cerdanya with almost 2000 inhabitants. With many touristic establishments and an old town with a medieval appearance it forms part of the sub region of la Batllia. It’s the municipality of the Cerdanya, which has the largest area in the Natural Park of the Cadi Moixero
NATURAL PARK OF THE CADI MOIXERO
It is an area of natural interest in Catalonia, which includes the set of pre-Pyrenees mountains of Cadí and Moixeró. It is the second largest in Catalonia, with a mountain barrier 30 km long, where a wide variety of flora and fauna live. It is located between the regions of Berguedà, Alt Urgell and Cerdanya. The highest peaks are called Puig de la Canal Baridana, (2,648 m), Moixeró (2,409 m), the Pedraforca massif (2,506 m) and a large part of La Tosa d’Alp (2,536 m) and Puigllançada (2,409 m). It has a total area of 41,342 ha. and has been protected since 1983 when it was declared a natural park.
The Cadí and Moixeró mountain ranges join at the port of Tancalaporta (2,357 m) to form a barrier of impressive height that separates the Segre valley from the headwaters of the Llobregat River.