Day five of our hike along the Cami dels Bons Homes started in Peguera and ended in Berga.
- Starting Point: Peguera, Spain
- Ending Point: Berga, Spain
- Distance: 12 km/ 7.5 miles
- Altitude Gain/Loss (in meters): +800 ascent, -830 descent
- Time: 3 – 4 hours
The last day of our hike was not nearly as challenging as the previous days and gave us a chance to fully appreciate our surroundings. Altitude gain and loss was far more gradual and we were able to stroll along at a leisurely pace, admiring our surroundings and reflecting on all we had seen on the Cami.
We walked through large meadows, forests, and fields, and once again experienced breathtaking views of Catalonian nature. The final view looking down onto Berga from above from the Sanctuary of Queralt is the perfect way to end one’s time on the Cami dels Bons Homes, as it brought us back to the reality of modern civilization laying in a gorgeous valley. A perfect mix of past and present.
Before we began hiking the Cami we had a deep appreciation for the beauty of Catalonia. By the time we were done it is safe, and not at all hyperbolic, to state that we are in love. Catalonia has occupied a small section of our hearts in much the same way Andalucia did last year.
There wasn’t a single day of the hike that we did not see beautiful wildflowers. Today’s hike, however, was special in the sense that we saw the most. We were constantly moving across and through scent-filled meadows with a vibrant array of pink, purple, yellow, blue, and white wildflowers sprouting up from lush green grass.
Sanctuary of Santa Queralt
Legend has it many years ago a devout pastor was grazing his oxen in a field by the mountain peaks of Queralt when one of the animals left the heard and ran halfway up the cliff. The pastor followed him and found a small wooden carving of the Virgin Mary. He put the carving in his bag and returned home. When he looked in the bag the carving was gone. He returned to the cliff the next day to find the carving in the same place. He once again stored it in his bag, only to find that the carving was gone when he returned home. On the third day he returned to the same location on the cliff and found the carving. He took this as a sign that the Virgin wished to remain in that spot and decided a chapel would be built there.
The Renaissance style church that exists today was built in the 1800s. The location is called the Balcony of Catalunya because of the incredible views of the surrounding area that can be seen from there.
Accommodation Option in Berga, Spain
This portion of the trail ends in the town of Berga. Alberg de Berga is a Youth Hostel with an excellent location in central Berga. It was opened in 2001 and has a kitchen and dining room, event space, game rooms, reading rooms, dorm rooms with private bathrooms, and WiFi. The hostel can accommodate 190 people with 4, 6, and 8 bed dorms.