El Parque Cultural de la Montaña de Sal

El Parque Cultural de la Montaña de Sal

El Parque Cultural de la Montaña de Sal
4.5
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The Salt Mountain is a unique natural phenomenon in the world and is still growing while being eroded by the rain. Its 120 meters are just the tip of an enormous diapir nearly two kilometres deep. Lasting an hour, you will go down to a depth of 86 meters and enjoy the spectacle of shapes and textured features of the salt massif. The Salt Mountain Cultural Park also offers the visitor the option to walk through the old mining facilities. Beneath the imposing feature of the winding tower of the old mine shaft Maria Teresa lies the museum area: an open-air area that explains the history of the explotation of salt, the geology, the minerology and botany of this Area of Natural Interest, the Salt Valley of Cardona. The visitor can also see the shaft's mining machinery, which is a very good example of industry archaeology dessigned by Alsthom (currently Alstom) during the 1920s. A photographic exhibition can be seen in the basement. The old carpenter's workshop and the room where all the machinery used to be repaired house the Salt Handicraft Centre, Art-Sal and the exhibition Memory of the women from the mining neighborhood. We can also find there "La Cafeteria" with outdoor seating. At the reception, you can find "La Botigueta", a little shop with a wide selection of products and bibliography about Cardona.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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anduain
Barcelona, Spain398 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Very interesting tour with some amazing formations. Nuria was a brilliant guide, very knowledgeable and answered all sorts of questions.

It would have been good to go deeper but obviously not possible due to safety.

My attached photos speak for themselves, find time to visit, you will not regret it.
Written June 27, 2021
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written September 21, 2021
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JayReviews123
25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
About an hour from Barcelona and very close to the center of Cardona. These caves are simply awesome! Be careful you know where to pick up your tickets as we were informed by email to go to the tourist center in the centre of town, which was closed, but actually we should have just gone straight to the mine visitor center.
Written June 20, 2018
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written July 11, 2018
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Mary A
London, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
We had a bi-lingual guide who gave all info in Spanish & English & really knew her stuff. And I didn't realise salt could be so stunningly beautiful. V well done museum, too.
Written February 18, 2015
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written May 17, 2015
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kasejason
Chicago, IL357 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
The salt mine tour was unique but ultimately a bit of a let-down. We arrived just in time for a tour in Catalan, so we took it even though we only knew a little Spanish. They were offering a tour in English about an hour and a half later, but we didn't feel like waiting around. They gave us an English pamphlet that explained the same things that the guide was saying during the tour, and this was sufficient for us. If you intend to visit the salt mine, you should consider calling ahead or e-mailing prior to your visit to find out when they are offering tours in your preferred language.

The tour lasted for about 50 minutes, but a lot of the time was spent with the guide explaining different aspects of the mine. The actual amount of ground covered was relatively small, and they wouldn't let us take pictures of most of the areas of the mine. There was one larger chamber where they did allow photography, but otherwise we had to keep our cameras away. The tour included a short video at the end within the mine tunnel and we spent a decent amount of time just standing around waiting.

What we did see during the tour was interesting, but again, the area covered was quite small and a bit disappointing. There are a few other things you should know in preparation for a potential trip. These are listed below.

The mine is rather cool, so you should bring a light jacket or sweatshirt if you are bothered by cool temperatures.

There are bathrooms available at the end of the tour. If you need to use them prior to your tour, you can walk up the hill to them and then return to the tour meeting area.

You will be required to wear a hardhat while touring the mine.

There are no stairs or slopes that need to be negotiated within the mine, but you may have to duck a little to avoid some low ceilings.

If you're looking for something unusual in the area or are simply interested in salt mining history, then you might enjoy this tour. If you're just looking for a cavern/ cave type experience, then you will likely leave a bit disappointed.
Written August 5, 2014
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PRLorie
Lake Mary, FL26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
This is a great experience out of the ordinary as there are very few salt mountains open to the public. This was my second one, having had the opportunity to visit one in Colombia more than 25 years ago. The trip from the top to the mine entrance on a wagon pulled by an SUV could be a little intimidating,particularly when the ground is wet but as far as I could tell, they have it under control. The interior of the mine was spectacular and the guide did a great job. Make sure to bring a jacket (just in case), they will provide a helmet and do not forget your camera.
Written June 7, 2014
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freespiritG
Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Family
This was a day trip from Barcelona. The drive to Cardona took about an hour. We were not prepared for the cold weather that day as we didn't expect it to be so cold compared to the weather in Barcelona. We missed the 1st guided tour at 11am and so had to wait for the next guided tour at 1pm. The reception personnel was warm and friendly. She explained that the tour was in Spanish only but as it turns out, as we were the only family in that session, she volunteered to be our guide and gave us a very informative guided tour in English. The kids enjoyed the salt caves tremendously as did the adults. One could see the different hues of sodium, potassium & magnesium in the caves and marvel at the salt formations. We could even taste the salt! This is indeed quite different from other limestone caves that we had visited in our countries. We also hoped over to the Cardona castle in the old town which was quite beautiful and the scenery from the top of the castle was magnificient. However, be warned that Cardona is a small town so we could hardly find a decent place for lunch. But I must say, even so, we had the most delicious chicken wings from a nondescript bar at the edge of the old town. The bar owner was friendly, as with all other spanairds we met, and even offered us complimentary ice cream at the end of the meal. Another wonderful day in Espana!
Written January 6, 2014
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jenbird512017
Province of Girona, Spain26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We are a family of 4 with a 6 year old and a 9 year old.
All 4 of us had an amazing time, the tour guide was great especially with the kids.
I would recommend it to anyone. Unless you are slightly afraid of small spaces.
Written October 14, 2019
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written October 22, 2019
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NiskaS82
Inglewood, New Zealand102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
Upon arriving in Cardona we knew of the salt mines, we visited the info centre at the bottom of the walkway from the Castle and were given info and a map to make our way the approx. 1km walk. It was an easy walk from town, we purchased tickets for the tour for €12, although the tours only seem to be conducted in Spainish or Catalan we were provided with an informative brochure on what would be covered in English. Once we travelled down the track by mini van we were provided with helmets and entered the mines with the guide. The tour was fantastic and along with the brochure we learnt a lot about the formation and mining of the salt, our guide was also brilliant. Would highly recommend a visit.
Written October 7, 2018
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written October 24, 2018
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EssexReviewerUK
Essex75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Visited here on a tour from Barcelona and found it intersesting and would recommend wearing old clothes as salt water still dripsfrom above in the caves
Written September 9, 2018
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written October 24, 2018
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Laura L
Tampa Bay23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
We booked this tour 3 months in advance. Glad we did as it appeared to be full when we arrived. The tour was offered in the languages of Catalan and Spanish. There was an audio guide for English and French.
The guide was very nice and could speak English. The salt mine itself was amazing. My kids loved it, the grandparents loved it, and we loved it. The history was very interesting. Would highly recommended this attraction!
Written May 29, 2018
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Thank you very much for visiting Cardona! We really appreciate your opinion. Cardona's heritage is outstanding. Kind regards
Written July 11, 2018
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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