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Located in a valley in central Catalonia, on the banks of the Cardoner river, Cardona is a picturesque site with an important mediaeval heritage.
Its most outstanding features include the walled fortress in its castle, set on a hill, and the foremost example of the Catalan Romanesque style of architecture. It was shortlisted in the European Commission's EDEN programme (European Destinations of Excellence), in recognition of its sustainable tourism proposal. Cardona, located in the region of El Bages, is heir to an important mediaeval past which began in around the 8th century with the construction of its castle-palace-monastery. The streets of the town take us back to a time of Romanesque and Gothic constructions. One of the most emblematic structures in this town is its 9th-century fortified enclosure, today restored for use as a Parador hotel.