No Car Needed: The Train To Vic, Or, Why I Was Wrong Yet Again

Central Square in Vic where market is held on Saturdays

Central Square in Vic where market is held on Saturdays

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By Regina Winkle-Bryan

Vic. Don’t you like that name? Short and sweet. For the first few years I lived in Catalonia I poo-poohed Vic, thinking it to be nothing more than some farming town, and since I grew up in a farming town, I had little interest in seeing cows and rows of wheat. But as usual I was proven wrong and my stereotype was obliterated.

Vic - Bridge from 11th century - still in use!

Vic – Bridge from 11th century – still in use!

Vic is indeed surrounded by farms and fields, but the town, city if you will, is filled with interesting bits of history such as a Roman temple, a bridge (Pont Queralt) from the 11th century, and lots of fancy-pants ‘Modernista’ homes.

Vic – Market day

I’ll admit, when I hear Vic, I still do think ‘racism issues’ immediately (more on that here), but at the same time I’ll recommend Vic as an excellent day-trip from Barcelona to the inland heart of Catalonia. Vic and the area around it is famous for its sausage or ‘botifarra’ which should be sampled if you dig on swine. Here are some photos to give ya a little Vic inspiration:

Vic, Catalonia

Vic, Catalonia

Vic - shadows on the streets

Vic – shadows on the streets

Vic - Roman Temple

Vic – Roman Temple

Get the train from Barcelona to Vic. It takes between an hour and an hour and 30 minutes depending on which train you take. See the RENFE times here.

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  1. Kirsten Carpentier
    Posted April 17, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed exploring Vic! It is charming, not mobbed by tourists, and feels like a town close to its roots (agriculture) and proud of them, too. Delightful!

  2. Lou Lutton
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Does the Barcelona Card cover the RENFE train to Vic?

  3. admin
    Posted August 28, 2013 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    The Barcelona Card should only work in the city of Barcelona. I don’t think it will work in to go to Vic.

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