Capdella Hydroelectric Museum

Capdella was the first major hydroelectric plant in Catalunya. It was designed in the late nineteenth century by Emili Riu to use the energy potential of the reservoir of Vall Fosca. It began operation in 1914 after just two years of construction. The museum opened in 2001 and is part of mNACTEC, the Museums of Science and Technology of Catalunya. The large group of impressive stone buildings have a dramatic location surrounded by mountain peaks. The display explain the development of the scheme with the infrastructure of workers’ accommodation, offices, narrow-gauge railways, access roads, electricity lines and cable cars, as well as how it powered Catalan industry. Visitors see the 836-m flumes that bring water to the turbines, the turbine hall itself with its generators and switchgear and other installations such as the foundry and transformer station. The museum also tells the story of mining in the area: for lead, copper and later uranium.

Capdella Hydroelectric Museum
Museu Hidroelectric de Capdella
Avinguda dels Avets 1
25515 Capdella
+34 (0) 973 - 663001

Recommended duration of visit:1,5 Hours
Duration of a guided tour:60-180 Minutes
Access for persons with disabilities:For details see website
Infrastructure for children:

2 April to June
Saturday guided tours only at 12am
Sunday 11am-2pm

July to 26 September
Tuesday - Saturday 11am-2pm, 5-8pm
Sunday 11am-2pm

27 September to 12 October
Sunday 11am-2pm

13 October to 1 April
Saturday guided tours only at 12am

  • Guided tours optional
  • Guided tours for children