One of central Catalonia's most important cities (pop. 42,000) conserves its magnificent old quarter, centred around a handsome, arcade-lined Plaça Major (main square) - one of Catalonia's finest - with its 14th-century Gothic city hall. In addition to the anicent houses both humble and stately, check out the excellent museum of mediaeval art; small Roman temple; 18th-century neoclassical Sant Pere Cathedral; the 12th-century Episcopal Palace, and a well preserved 2nd-century Roman temple (pictured here). Vic is also known for its eating (a particular local speciality being cured ham). It's about an hour from Barcelona and Girona.


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