El Puig de la Balma


Useful Information

Location: Mura, Bages region.
(41.693848, 1.962362)
Open: Hotel: All year daily.
Museum: All year Sat, Hol 10-12, 16-20.
[2021]
Fee: Hotel: Half Board per Person EUR 60-72.
Museum: .
[2021]
Classification: SubterraneaCave House SpeleologyErosional Cave
Light: electric.
Dimension:  
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Bibliography:  
Address: El Puig de la Balma, 08278 Mura Barcelona, Tel: +34-937-433-274, Cell: +34-622-450-334. E-mail:
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History

12th cty farmhouse erected in the cave.
1973 Sant Llorenç del Munt i l'Obac massif declared a Natural Park.
2007 listed in the Catalan heritage register as Bé Cultural d'Interès Local (BCIL).

Description

The Puig de la Balma is a farm house built under an overhanging cliff and located at the Parc Natural de Sant Llorenç de Munt i l'Obac (Natural Park of Sant Llorenç de Munt i l'Obac). The house was built in the 12th century and was used for generations as a farmhouse by the Puig family. It is currently run by the 27th generation of the Puig family. The family has renovated the house and offers agro-tourism with accommodation, restoration and a museum of great historical and anthropological value. So you can sleep in a cave and eat typical Catalan food, with an emphasis on typical food of rural areas, in a historic arched cellar. There is even a swimming pool and a private chapel. The far end of the cave was used as wine cellar in the Middle Ages, when a good wine was produced in the area. The wine making ended in the mid 20th century.

The site is located near the town Mura and is reached on a single lane gravel road. The are is popular for hiking and it is often visited by hikers. The place was a filming location for the Catalan-language movie Pa Negre (Black Bread).