Cardona, Spain


Cardona from the air

Coat of arms

Location in Catalonia

Coordinates: 41°54′49″N 1°40′50″E / 41.91361°N 1.68056°E / 41.91361; 1.68056
Country Spain
Community  Catalonia
Province Barcelona
Comarca Bages
  Mayor Ferran Estruch Torrents (2015)[1]
  Total 66.7 km2 (25.8 sq mi)
Elevation 506 m (1,660 ft)
Population (2014)[1]
  Total 4,921
  Density 74/km2 (190/sq mi)

Cardona is a town ìn Catalonia, Spain, in the province of Barcelona; about 90 km (56 mi) northwest of the city of Barcelona, on a hill almost surrounded by the river Cardoner, a branch of the Llobregat. To the east of the town, the river has been diverted through a tunnel has been dug through a spur, leaving a loop of dry river bed near the saltmine.

Rock salt mine in Cardona

Near the town is an extensive deposit of rock salt. The salt forms a mountain mass (called Muntanya de Sal) covered by a thick bed of a reddish-brown clay, and apparently resting on a yellowish-grey sandstone. It is generally more or less translucent, and large masses of it are quite transparent. The hill has been worked like a mine since Roman times; pieces cut from it have been carved by artists in Cardona into images, crucifixes and many articles of an ornamental kind.

Main sights

Panoramic view of the village, from near the castle

Local festivals


The movie Chimes at Midnight, by Orson Welles, was filmed at the castle in Cardona.

Twin towns



  1. 1 2 "Ajuntament de Cardona". Generalitat of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-13.
  2. "El municipi en xifres: Cardona". Statistical Institute of Catalonia. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  3. General Consul of Uruguay in Barcelona (4 February 2010). "Hermanamiento Cardona Catalana y Uruguaya". Retrieved 7 May 2011.

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