Sant Miquel del Fai – ENG

This is one of the best preserved and most representative of Catalan Gothic style buildings.

Sant Miquel del Fai is one of the oldest tourist resorts. A place to enjoy nature, culture, and tradition and the tranquility of this lovely spot.

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The monastery is located in a well preserved natural environment framed by rocky cliffs called Cingles Bertí in the Cordillera mountain range Prelitoral Catalana, and geographically separates the region of Vallès Oriental in the region of Moyanés.

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In this space have great prominence waters Tenes River, a tributary of the River Besos, which have shaped limestone formations contour by descending the river forming the Tenes River Valley. A large waterfall and various caves make up the highlights of the place.

Ras priory buildings, meanwhile west, flows the stream called the Nightingale. This stream before reaching the monastery makes a first waterfall, under which there is a small reservoir that was a pool which was expanded with a small dam above the street which runs the monastery. Then, below the monastery, it makes the impressive Waterfall Nightingale, to found the Caves of San Miguel, a large bauma has been opened del Ruiseñor water over the centuries.

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All non-holiday Mondays closed
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays open bar offers picnic
closed for holidays from December 15 to January 15

Rates / Prices

  • ADULTS 8,00€
  • Pensionist  6,00€
  • Kids 4,00€

iconmonstr-map-2-icon-300x300What to visit in Sant Miquel del Fai?

The monastery is the first building that we found to cross the steep cliff by the so-called step bored. The church of San Miguel has a beautiful chapel built in the tenth century is adentrada in a cave.

In this church there are references from the year 997, and is believed to have been a place of pagan worship long before becoming church. Although it is not known exactly when it was built, it is the troglodytic church of these most valuable and best preserved features from across the country.

Abbey Square. Its architecture fits in with the mountain wall makes him support. Next to it is a stream of small lakes that receive cold water from snowmelt and rain that slowly seep through the rock.

La Casa del Priorat. He welcomed the prior’s house and dependencies of the monks at the time that the monastery of Sant Miquel del Fai experienced its greatest splendor. Later he was receiving an inn for travelers passing through the area.

The viewing deck: enjoy a very nice view of the Tenes Valley into neighboring villas Bigues i Riells.


The Church of San Miquel: This beautiful chapel dating from the tenth century and is the only Romanesque church built under a cave. It is believed that before the Romanesque building that has survived to this day, this small space was used as a place of worship, first pagan rituals welcoming and later adopted by the Church for religious celebrations.

The audiovisual room: You can see an audiovisual presentation that explains all the history and legends of Sant Miquel del Fai. The video contains stunning images of waterfalls in times of heavy rains, the details of art and architecture that is in the Fai, large and small animals that live in the area-

The Museum: a small space where multiple findings of fossils indicate that Sant Miquel del Fai was already an inhabited area in the Neolithic era is. You will also see some parts of the ancient capitals of the church.

The cave of San Miguel: 

The cave was discovered in 1836 and is enabled for everyone to visit.


On the road to the waterfall, you will find stairs that descend from the montaña.Por there we reached the middle entrance hidden in the rock leads to an inner hallway. There the water constantly dripping walls and by their action on the rock have formed stalactites and stalagmites and ponds.

La Plaza del Reposo. A space of silence and peace, where you can take a picture next to the sculpture of the writer Josep Pla, who sat on the stone bench, enjoying the scenery that inspired so many of his stories.Sant Miquel del Fai-Vistes Lago de las Monjas:  “Lake of the Nuns”: standing water has formed a small lake that lies hidden under the rock. If you look properly, you will see small fish swimming peacefully.Lago Monjas -Sant miquel del Fai

The path that becomes a hallway inside the mountain, it takes you to walk behind the spectacular Waterfall of the Tenes river. Lots of water and high humidity to cool force. The water continues to the river that passes through the valley opens towards Bigues i Riells.

escapada_sant_miquel_del_fai_7214After the waterfall, you will pass through the arch that was another gateway in the heyday of the monastery. At this point begins the Hermitage road.

escapada_sant_miquel_del_fai_7214La chapel of St. Martin: It’s a fine example of Romanesque mountain chapels dating from Xse century and stands alone in the middle of a vast esplanade. It is newly restored and have been reproduced Romanesque paintings that covered the walls of the apse.

It was the main church of the area before setting monastery church of San Miguel was built. All farmers and settlers in the area celebrating their religious ceremonies.

The cave of “rough”: The tour ends at the Cueva de las Toscas. Down narrow hallways fitted helmet, the bravest visitors can delve into the bowels of the rock formation. It is one of the most enigmatic and mysterious places Sant Miquel del Fai.

icon_12638How to get to Sant Miquel del fai

IMG_2012Although San Miguel Natural Area of Fay is located in the town of Bigas, limit the towns of Sant Quirze d Safaja passes just the cliff that rises on accessing it from a road that is born in the center of the town of Sant Feliu de Codines. or from the C-1413B road in Can Santos, in terms of Sant Quirze Safaja. Access from Riells del Fai is only by foot.

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History of Sant Miquel del Fai

Dates back to the Neolithic. They found many indications that the area was inhabited by small Iberian villages. Apart from some documentation from the Roman period related to villas Bigues i Riells, the first concrete reference Fai dating from 887. This is a document that refers explicitly to the Romanesque chapel of San Martin reference, which seems he had great importance in the area until the ninth century.

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The monastery was founded by Gombau of Besora, sir among other lands in Caldas Montbui castle. In 997, Gombau bought the land from Ramon Borrell. The exact date of the founding of the monastery is unknown but in 1006 was already installed a community of friars, being its first abbot Guillemund.

Both counts of Barcelona as the Gombau own endowed the monastery of important goods. In 1042, joined Gombau, as priory, the Catalan monastery of St. Victor in Marseilles in order to ensure continuity of the monastery after his death.

The resident community in San Miguel was always small, between five and six monks. It went into decline from XIVcuando century the community was reduced to three monks. Religious life in the monastery was completed in 1567 when it became a dependency of the Diocese of Gerona who was in charge of maintaining the cult in the enclosure by priests benefited. The monastery was transformed into a shrine to the neighbors who came from nearby localities.


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