Cardona & Salt Mountain Day Tour from Barcelona

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95 EUR

Take a trip into the depths of Catalonia on a visit to Salt Mountain and travel back in time in the impregnable medieval town of Cardona and its historical castle. Enjoy a personalised guided tour in a small and friendly group, including hotel pick up.

Duration: 11 hours
    Available in
  • French,
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • German
This trip was well worth it. Away from the city you see amazing views of Catalunya. The salt mountain was spectacular, it's definitely worth seeing. My family loved every part of the trip. Our tour guide Mauriusz was very helpful and knowledgeable. They picked us up at our apartment and kindly dropped us off at the restaurant we were wanting to go to in the evening.
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Reviewed by Vivian

Highlights

  • Travel 86 metres down into one of the most important salt deposits in the world
  • See incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations
  • Enjoy a walking tour in the historical centre of Cardona
  • Admire its charming medieval streets and squares
  • Visit one of the best-preserved castles in Spain

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Description

Our expert guide will pick you up at your hotel in a comfortable private minivan and drive you to Cardona. This town is located 100 kilometres from Barcelona in the heart of Catalonia. Here, you’ll be introduced to one of the most important salt deposits in the world, Salt Mountain.

The salt mine opened its doors in 1929 and was once one of the most important salt mines on the planet. You’ll go 86 metres down into the mountain and see incredible stalactite and stalagmite formations, and the colourful folds and seams of the stone.

After admiring this beautiful place, you’ll visit the historical centre of Cardona. Cardona has been the scene of some of the most important battles in our history. Walking through its streets and visiting the castle is like travelling back in time. The Castle of Cardona is one of the best-preserved castles in Spain.

In 1714, during the War of Spanish Succession, it was an impregnable fortress, and even later its citadel could not be taken by Napoleon.

If you want to discover the hidden treasures of Catalan geography, history and architecture, we recommend you choose this unique trip to Cardona.

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What’s included & not included

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private transport
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour in the medieval town of Cardona
  • Skip the line service
  • Small group (maximum 8 people)
  • Tickets to the Castle of Cardona and the Salt Mountain Cultural Park (approximately €12)

Meeting point

Your accommodation

Reviews from travellers (7)

5.0/5

Spectacular
This trip was well worth it. Away from the city you see amazing views of Catalunya. The salt mountain was spectacular, it's definitely worth seeing. My family loved every part of the trip. Our tour guide Mauriusz was very helpful and knowledgeable. They picked us up at our apartment and kindly dropped us off at the restaurant we were wanting to go to in the evening.
K
Informative and fun
Cardona and the Castle were so beautiful! It was a small group of 4 and our guide, Nuria, was super informative and helpful. She knew a lot of history behind the castle which was very interesting. The salt mines were interesting and they provide their own tour guide for that but it's in Catalan. They provide an englidh audio guide to follow along but Nuria came along and translated extra info and fun facts along the way. The tour ended with a late lunch/snack at a lake which isn't on the itinerary but since our group was small was an easy detour. If you like history and getting to know the small town of Cardona then you will find this tour very interesting.
J
Cardona and Salt Mine Tour
Overall a great day! We specifically came to Barcelona to book a day trip to Cardona and Salt Mountain. Communication with the tour operator was excellent, they were very quick to respond and professional. Our tour guide was also professional and kind, arriving at the specified time (9am). He was also very accommodating asking about car seats for the kids, advising what parts may not be suitable for those who are less mobile, and helping out when some of the passengers got car sick. Unfortunately the day of our tour there were protests/strikes all over the state. Our driver did his best to go around it all to get to our destinations. We had to miss out on the salt mines and entering Cardona Castle. We were able to walk around the castle, but as i mentioned, we came to Barcelona specifically to visit Cardona, so this was a disappointment. No fault of the tour operator as the protests and strikes were not in their control. I was expecting a walking tour of the town of Cardona or maybe a bit more history of the Castle and town, but we didn’t get that. Instead of the Salt Mines we went to Monserrat, which was beautiful and a lovely replacement for the Salt Mines. We were brought back as close to our hotel as possible (due to the demonstrations), around 3:30 pm, so the tour was no where near 11 hours long (but again, mostly due to missing out on some attractions due to the strike). Overall, I would definitely recommend this tour operator, just keep the lines of communication open as per your expectations.

This operator has 18 reviews for other tours

4.6/5

Fabulous tour with a fabulous guide.
Our guide, Kurt was warm and welcoming. He was enthusiastic about Dalí and all that we saw at the museum and the house. He was very knowledgeable, and with unusual depth and breadth of his subject. Even during the long car ride he was entertaining and informative about Spain in general and of course about Dalí specifically.. His ideas were original and refreshing. The tour was really worth the time spent and we would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Spanish art and history.
Full day learning about a very interesting man
We went in this tour with Ruben, who is a very knowledgeable guide. We spent the time in the car talking about Dali, the places we would see, and their significance in Dali's work. Ruben switched between English (for my husband and me) and Spanish (for the other couple on the tour) so we could all follow along--plus I got to practice some aspanish comprehension. Great tour and a wonderful, knowledgeable guide--thanks, Ruben!
Great tour with a great guide!
Mariusz was very knowledgeable and was able to give us a lot of the history of the region and in particular the Romans in Tarragona. He was very chatty and friendly and gave us tips of where to eat etc in Barcelona too. We all enjoyed the tour and would definitely recommend it!
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