A bit of history

Boixols Canyon, Poetry for the eyes

When we talk about the Bòixols ravine or the Bòixols canyon, we rarely know the beauty and history that hides this place.
This is the passage that has been opened over the centuries the River Pujals in the north-eastern part of the Sierra de Carrànima. Just above the hole, in the west, the village of Bóixols is located. from the municipality of Abella de la Conca, in Pallars Jussà
In addition to the spectacularness of the place, the Bóixols Hollow marks the birth of the Rialb River. Just next to the noon of the Bóixols Hole there is the farmhouse of Cal Plomall and the mill of the same name.
We are in the town of Bòixols where we leave the car in the square carved by the general road L-511 to Isona. On one side we have the Church of Sant Vicenç and on the other side the most important house in the town, called Can Baró or Poca-Roba.

Bollards: (44 hab. 2008)

The history of Bòixols coincides with almost all its steps with that of Abella de la Conca, given the inclusion of the two populations in the same stately landmark of Baronia d’Abella, but we then differentiate it from some of its features own.

The first mention that we have is from 961, Buxiles, and the second, from 997, in the face of the village of Sallent, in the municipality of Montanissell. Between that date and 1110, virtually all the references are referred to the Bóixols castle, located in the southern tip of the current town, on the hill that closes the town on that side. From the 12th century onwards, it is also the church of Sant Vicenç, which appears in numerous appointments.

Esglesia Sant Vicenç: It is a one-nave building covered with a pointed barrel vault. It has two toral arches, besides the presbytery, and to the east, as is mandatory in the Romanesque, there is the semicircular apse, externally greatly affected by the additions that have been made in the temple.
The door is to the west, but remains of the old gate to the southern wall are observed. A double-sided window focuses on the apse, which opens out through a rectangular, coarse stone.

The device is made with calcareous stone scaffolds of the place, well cut and arranged very regularly. All this shows a construction of the 12th century, but with very important affections from the later centuries, which have disfigured it a bit.

Can Baró: Historically the most important house in Bóixols is Cal Baró or little lime (together with Cal Senyor, which is where the tithes of the barony were charged), and it is the only village house on the north side of the road, in front of the parochial church, under the same school and near the cemetery. It has its own chapel, dedicated to Saint Joseph, which shows the importance that this ancestral home had at other times. Indeed, the episode that we will relate next shows this way.

There is a legend to justify the ancient splendor of this house: they owned minairons, the magical goblins of the legendary Catalan mythological, small beings that can not be without work. If they are not sent to you, they destroy everything that is put before you. As Baron always gave them, they gave them, at work, one of those rich houses in the village, where they say that their owners can live without working. Cal Baró came to be such a well-stocked house, that in the chapel of St. Joseph, after the patron saint’s mass, there was a ceremony that demonstrated the wealth: those of Cal Baró gave each poor man to call his house in Go out of mass a whole round bread, kneaded and cooked in the same house.

The Bòixols ravine is born in the Pujals river, which descends from the northeast and north of the village of Bòixols, from the Tossal de Cabrit, eastern slope of the Serra de Boumort.
At the confluence of the Collell River, which descends from the slopes of the Serra de Carreu, that is, from the northwest of the village of Bóixols, where the Rialp river is born.

The Rialb (or Alb river or Riaup) Rialb “comes from rivus albus, the” white river “because of the large amount of lime that they carry their waters.
It is a tributary river of the Segre that is born under the same, to the south, from the village of Bòixols, belonging to the municipal area of ​​Abella de la Conca, in the county of Pallars Jussà, and then descends to the region of La Noguera , in the municipal district of Baronia de Rialb, after passing a short stretch through the municipal district of Coll de Nargó, in the region of Alt Urgell.
There are no references to the first opening of the main ravine, although it is estimated that it was around 1989 when A. Carrión, L. Carrión, X. Vidal and D. Ruiz made the descent of the Collell river , also known as the Boixols tributary.
At the sport level, we talk about the ravine or one of the most complete ravines of the Catalan territory. The approach from the village leaves us with an ideal rest area for 10 minutes to equip ourselves and make the brifing in a comfortable and shady way, which in the summer months and with neoprene poses is always appreciated.

All the first part to the tributary passes through beautiful gorges of crystalline water where slides and jumps will be agreed to overcome obstacles. All the outlines are equipped, thus making alternatives easier for those less daring.
The second part of the ravine, when officially already passes through the river Rialb, is the part of strings and destrepadas. It is in this section where we will find the rappers of 12 or 15 meters according to the option we choose. There are also alternatives for all tastes and levels.
Shortly after this stretch and having passed through an area of ​​rocky chaos with fun ways, we reach the last rappel or jumping from the ravine. It is the paradisiac place where you can take the plaza of the river and enjoy the views of the forest leaving its Romanesque bridge and the daring ones who want to make the jump of 8 meters (always optional)
Some interesting information about the bridge and its surroundings.

Medieval bridge, Molí del Pont and Cal Plomall

Near and below the town, in Forat de Bóixols, and at a considerable drop, there is an interesting medieval bridge from the 11th century, also called “Pont del Plomall” in a beautiful and spectacular location. Just south, there is the farmhouse of Cal Plomall and still very close to it, about 100 meters away, the Molí del Plomall, also known as Molí del Pont or Plomall Nou, a former force. It is currently restored and inhabited, with its well-preserved and cataloged flour mill. The Casa del Moli del Pont has been lovingly restored, using stone from the same mountain; the new roof, slabs and wood, as it was before, and a house built in its natural setting and unforgettable spot.

At this point we will finish the ravine. It is here, following the old path and crossing the bridge to the village of Bòixols again. The hike offers us an aerial view of the ravine and the bridge, surrounded by the great limestone walls that surround it.

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