Welcome to Ripoll, capital of the county of Ripollès and cradle of Catalonia. A key city in the history and identity of the country. Explore the origins of Catalonia with a visit to the monastery of Santa Maria in Ripoll, a centre of great importance in mediaeval Europe. It is set in a wonderful beauty spot, bathed by the Ter and Freser rivers, surrounded by peaks, forests and meadows. You can get there by following some of the routes that pass through the city: the Ter route, the iron and coal route, or the Romanesque art route (paths of the Bishop and Abbot Oliba).