Camprodon: Jeep Capital of Spain
Photos by Josep Bordas
Camprodon is a village in the Catalan Pyrenees (see the location map in Winter in Camprodon on CJ3B.info.) It is located at the confluence of the rivers Ter and Ritort. Camprodon is known for its Romanesque architecture, mountain spring water, ski slopes and cuisine, and has been a destination for tourists from Barcelona since the late 1800's. For a short period of time during the Spanish Civil War, it became the seat of the Government of the Republic. It's also home to a surprisingly large collection of vintage Jeeps; for more details, see The Jeeps of Camprodon.
Josep has taken some nice photos of the scenery around Camprodon. One of the big tourist attractions in the center of town is the 10th-century Monastery of San Pedro.
But what caught my eye when CJ3B.info visited Spain in 2008 were the brightly colored residences along the Ritort.
The unique long-wheelbase EBRO Bravo L makes a beautiful family vehicle. Jordi Espinac with his wife Georgina and their daughters (and the dog), photographed in the village of Llanars.
The Pyrenees mountains are what make the Valley of Camprodon a valley, and provide the beautiful backdrop for the villages along the two rivers.
The famous 12th-century Pont Nou ("new bridge") over the river Ter. See also a closer view (200K JPEG).
Most of the shopping is on narrow streets in the old center of the town, including these shops tucked behind the bridge.
An early-20th century photograph of Camprodon shows the bullring, which no longer exists in the town. (And bullfighting will be outlawed in the autonomous region of Catalunya as of 2012.) But Camprodon is rich in history, and does have a a museum devoted to Catalan composer Isaac Albéniz, born here in 1860.
There is also Alejandro Cuadrado and Lluís Bassaganya's Museo La Retirada (Museum of The Retirement), with an exhibition of equipment and weapons (130K JPEG) abandoned by the Republican troops in the Valley of Camprodon on their withdrawal to France during the Spanish Civil War.
More history: Joan Busquets, one of the Jeep mechanics of Camprodon, took some photos of trips through the Pyrenees, circa 1987. Here, a Land Rover joins a convoy of CJ-3Bs. See also a Willys 3A in the river (220K JPEG) and the VIASA and EBRO Jeeps (220K JPEG) posed in front of the little village of Josa de Cadí.
Camprodon had Willys visitors from Holland in 2008: four men making a trip to Spain from the Netherlands in a CJ-3A and 3B. Josep thinks it was the first time he's photographed an actual Willys CJ-3B in the town. See also a front view (150K JPEG).
Some of the stately houses on the old avenues were briefly home to the Republican government during the Civil War. Another attraction is a number of spring water fountains (170K JPEG).
This is Beget at the eastern end of the valley. See also Molló (140K JPEG) to the north, which since the time of the Romans has linked the Valley of Camprodon with France through the old pass of Coll d'Ares.
Farmers used to bring their Jeeps full of produce to the weekly market in the town square, but now vacationers come down from their summer houses in their Jeeps.
One of the few remaining working Jeeps in the valley is this 1972 VIASA CJ-3B on the farm "Can Junens" where owner Esteve Guillamet uses it to keep track of his cows up on the mountain.
Lluís Planella in Vilallonga de Ter used a Jeep for farm work in the past, but now has some collectible tractors to do the work, and a CJ-3A for fun.
More typical of the newer type of Jeep owners is Manel Gené, who bought this beautiful EBRO Bravo S new in 1978, to drive up from Barcelona for summers in Camprodon.
Thanks to Josep Bordas for his photos. If you're thinking of visiting the area, see the Valley of Camprodon on the web in Spain. -- Derek Redmond
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