Tuixent, town in the Vall de Tuixent, in Alt Urgell, in an unbeatable enclave, surrounded by nature that will not leave you indifferent. On these pages you will find information about our municipality. Fall in love.
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The town of Tuixent is the main service center of the Tuixent valley and the Vansa. The term of Josa i Tuixent, located at the eastern end of the region, extends to the southern slopes of the Serra del Cadí, from its ridge, where it finds the maximum altitude at the Canal Baridana hill (2,647), to the Coll de port, to the south, between the Port del Comte mountain range and the Migdia rock. To the north-west the term is closed by the Serra Negra and to the south-east, the Serra del Verd. The Josa and de la Mola rivers cross the term, which, when united, form the Lavansa river.
Extension: 68.2 km2
Altitude: 1,225 meters
Population: 129 inhabitants (in 2015)
The two municipalities that occupied the upper part of the Vansa valley, Josa and Tuixent, have been united into one since 1973. The place of Josa, with a castle documented since 1106, was the cradle of the lordship of the same name. The first lords of Josa were simple Castilians, vassals of the powerful barons of Pinós. Towards the middle of the twelfth century, their relations with the Caboets raised them in the feudal hierarchy and they became lords of several castles in the Vansa valley. During the 13th century, their struggles with the Church of Urgell, lord of the Tuixent district, favored the connection of the Josa with Catharism and the conversion of their castle into a refuge for good men. For its part, the site of Tuixent was ceded to the Church of Urgell by Count Borrell II of Barcelona and Urgell in 993. A hub of communications between the north and south of the county of Urgell, Tuixent attracted the conflict of the neighboring lords against the Church and was fortified with the construction of a castle in 1192. In contemporary times, Tuixent has been the main population of the entire valley. During the 19th century, in the context of the Carlist wars, it was the only liberal stronghold in the middle of a Carlist territory. In this same century, the first turpentines (trementinaires), which came from Tuixent and other towns in the valley, began to go around the world.
Traditionally agricultural, cattle ranching (551 cattle that live freely) and forestry, the municipality of Josa i Tuixent has, in recent years, turned towards the tourism sector. The creation of a Nordic ski resort, the implementation of various rural tourism accommodation and the opening of the Trementinaires Museum and the Flora Center have contributed in a special way.
How to arrive
There are four main access routes to the town:
- From Seu d’Urgell, along the C-462 road.
- From Berga, along the C-563 road passing through Saldes and Gósol.
- From Solsona, passing through Coll de Port, either on the C-462, passing through Sant Llorenç de Morunys and the Llosa del Cavall reservoir, or on the LV-4241, passing through Port del Comte.
- From Montant de Tost, passing through Colldarnat towards Sorribes de la Vansa and then towards Tuixent. Fully paved road from 2022.
- City Council of Josa and Tuixén
- Nursery school (open in 2022)
- Primary school
- Medical office with 24-hour on-site service. Emergency number: 650 051 748.
- Public transport: Ruta Tuixent – La Seu d’Urgell, service from Monday to Saturday: Consult timetable and reserve. // Friday, Saturday and Sunday public transport service between Tuixent and Guardiola de Berguedà by taxi on demand. Schedule consultation and reservation.
- Civic centre. Municipal space with billiards, table football, table tennis, cards and books. Regular hours: Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 7pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 9pm. Thursday usually closed. Opening hours may vary.
- Cadí Room Multi-use room for the village, its inhabitants and the possibility of renting it for events. Contact the town hall.
- High-speed fiber optic connection from Alt Urgell Fibra.
- Mobile coverage and 4G service throughout the Valley with all network companies.
- Permanent road maintenance service: passable all year round, and with snow plows so that the activity does not stop even with the snow!
- Museum of the Trementinaires. Open Saturdays from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm. Sundays from 10am to 2pm. Christmas, Easter and summer (from July 15 to September 15) open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm, Sundays from 10am to 2pm, closed on Mondays.
- Tourist information point. At the Trementinaires Museum itself ☝
- Flora de Tuixent interpretation center. Cadí Moixeró Natural Park equipment. Open in summer, holidays and Tuixent fairs. Indicative opening hours, from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm, Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
- Botanical Garden. Behind the flora center you have the botanical garden, to discover the medicinal plants in a small corner. Free access 24/7 Possibility of guided tours with prior reservation at the Trementinaires museum.
- Urban garden. Circular tour through the town of Tuixent discovering points of interest and the characteristic flora of the area.
- Route of medicinal plants. Circular route, approx. 9 km, to discover the medicinal plants used by our beloved Trementinaires.
- Arborètum. Itinerary that starts on the Planell de Sastró, to discover three characteristic areas of the surrounding forests: riverside forest, solell and obaga.
- Ski slopes of Tuixent-La Vansa. Practice Nordic skiing and snowshoeing in stunning surroundings.
Fairs and festivals
- January 5: Cavalcade of the Magi, with distribution of gifts to neighbors who have been good people.
- Fair and festival of the Trementinaires: last weekend of May.
- Midsummer Eve (Revetlla de Sant Joan).
- Gathering of Sant Jaume. Music, mass and popular lunch in the meadows of the Hermitage of Sant Jaume. Sunday closest to July 25.
- Flower courses in the summer. From the hand of Carme Bosch. From August 1 to 15. Consult the program.
- Activities throughout the month of August: concerts, talks, al fresco cinema, etc. Check our calendar.
- Major festival of Tuixent: second weekend of September. Games, music, gymnasiums and a lot of fun.
- Rose Festival Second Sunday of October. Popular festival, with the inauguration of a new edition of ARTVanseca (art in nature).
- Fira de la Vall. Craftsmen’s fair with traditional music. Puríssima Bridge
- New Year’s Eve The cityzens gathers at the church to welcome the new year together. Come toast with us. At Cal Gabriel, for our guests, special dinner.