|• Mayor||Lluís Campmajó i Puig|
|• Total||55.9 km2 (21.6 sq mi)|
|Elevation||1,502 m (4,928 ft)|
|• Density||4.0/km2 (10/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Gósol is a village and municipality located in the northwest of the comarca of Berguedà in Catalonia, in the Pyrenees. It is within the confines of Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, to the west of Pedraforca.
The present town is centered in the eponymous valley of Gósol, which is enclosed by the Serra del Cadí and Pedraforca, in the Pyrenees. The ruins of the former town and castle, dating from the 11th century, overlook the Gósol from an adjacent hill.
Villages within Gósol
The municipal limits of Gósol includes, most notably, the village of Sorribes. Other settlements include Bonner, la Collada, Molí d'en Güell, Moripol, Castell de Termes, Font Terrers, and Torrent Senta.
Gósol has a cool, subalpine climate. Compared to less mountainous areas of Catalonia it is rather wet. It receives over 900mm (35.43 in.) of precipitation each year, concentrated in the spring months.
Gosol's emblematic cultural institution is the Picasso Museum, which owes its existence to the visit of Pablo Picasso to the village from the spring of 1906 to mid-August of that same year. The artist installed himself at the only inn then in existence, Cal Tampanada. While in Gósol, Picasso underwent a transformation of palette, sketching style, and rhythm of composition. Picasso found his subjects in local livestock and people of Gósol, as well as Fernande Olivier, his partner.
- The town's festa major, or town festival, takes place on August 15 each year. It is most notable for its unique folk dance, the "Ball de les cosses."
- On New Year's Eve (Saint Sylvester), legend says that witches hold gatherings on Pedraforca mountain.
- Pèsol negre, a local variety of 'black pea'
- Blat de moro escairat, or 'peeled corn', often cooked in a pork broth
- Patates emmascarades, or "Masked Potatoes", mashed potatoes cooked with blood or black pudding
- All i oli with pork, eaten during the swine-harvest in fall
- Veal with wild mushrooms
- Wild boar
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- Official website (Catalan)
- Information - Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan)
- Statistical information - Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya (Catalan)
- Page of Gósol (English)
- Blog Picasso Barcelona (English)