Vic – Catalonia (Spain)
LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION
The capital of the region of Osona, between the Pre-Pyrenees and the Catalan Coastal Range (1), Vic is characterised by a humid Mediterranean climate with vegetation like holm oak, oak and beech woods (2). Communicating by road and train with Barcelona and Girona (and their respective airports), Vic is one of the most economically and culturally dynamic cities of Catalonia (3).
(1) Wikipedia entry for Vic
(2) Demographic and economic data (IDESCAT)
(3) Trip Advisor
WHAT TO DO
The region’s natural, architectural, literary, artistic and industrial heritage is breathed in from each and every corner.
Vic’s historic centre is a trip through time in the capital of Osona: Roman remains (like a 2nd century temple), medieval remains like the walls or the cathedral, which mixes Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque and Neoclassic styles, along with singular buildings which give faithful testimony of Catalan Modernism.
In the popular square surrounded by arcades, known as the Mercadal or Main Square, a symbol of the city, numerous markets and fairs take place throughout the year uniting visitors from all over the country: the Paint Market, the Brocanters (second-hand dealers) Market, the Senses Market or weekly markets offering hand crafted goods, flowers or birds.
As with all the towns of Osona, the inevitable gastronomic protagonists are the cured sausages: butifarra (Catalan sausage) from Vic, somalla, baiona, llonganissa or bisbe stand out. Without forgetting some star products from the earth, mushrooms and truffles.
TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND LINKS OF INTEREST
Local Police: 93 889 44 44
Vic Town Hall