Surprise bus routes discovering the industrial heritage of Catalunya with XATIC
The initiative organized by XATIC (Catalunya Industrial Tourism Organization) took place in November, and I didn’t hesitate to jump in a “blind bus” to see where it would take us on a day trip. Dozens of people hoped in the many buses to explore their home country backyard industrial heritage. You’ll find in this article the details of the day trip I chose “water and technique”. An initiative to discover and learn about places off the beaten path in Catalunya.

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Entrance to the technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

XATIC Industrial Tourism Week
From November 5th to 16th under the “How things are done” promotion, the visits included museums, old factories, mines, textile and other facilities around several places in Catalunya. Stay tuned to their programs for next editions on their website. I took the “water and technique” route, which included the next visits.

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The interior of technical museum of Manresa is an old water tank interior.

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Technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

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Technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

The technical museum of Manresa
First visit of our day stopped at the heart of Catalunya, the city of Manresa. Welcomed by the tourism board of the city we entered the old water tanks from the 19th century, now reconverted into a museum. The permanent exhibition are based in to topics, the “Sèquia”, centuries old water supplies constructions build to distribute and store water for use of the cities, and the technical exhibition about the textile industry of Manresa.

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Technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

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Technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

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Technical museum of Manresa, Catalunya.

Parc de la Sèquia, medieval water channel
Following the context of the technical museum, our second stop was to visit the mentioned medieval water constructions, that extends for 10Km. Crossing through fields, we followed the water channel while listening to the details and history of the region, by our tour guide. Next to the starting point of the park was the Hotel-restaurant Mas de la Sala, with the table ready for lunch. We were delighted with the 6 plates menu of the restaurant.

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Medieval water channel, parc de la sèquia.

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Medieval water channel, parc de la sèquia.

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Honouring the “water” route, I ordered salmon as main dish at Mas de la Sala.

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

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The last stop of our day, and probably the one that made us feel like kids in a toy store the railroad museum in Igualada. Miniature models of dozens of train machines, collectionist goods and historical objects. The main dish of the railroad museum, one of the biggest railroad models I’ve ever seen. Built by only one man through 15 years of a dedicated hobby. The detail of every centimetre of the model is stunning, representing European railroads scenarios, with day and night time lights and things happening everywhere.

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

The other routes of XATIC
If you want to take a look to the other activities, check on social media the following hashtags:
#bcntbbusindustrial #busXATIC #comesfanlescoses #XATIC

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Railhome BCN, Igualada.

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