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  • Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

    1. Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

    Meet your guide in central Barcelona at 08:30 am before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, you’ll take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. On this 10-hour tour you’ll continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bri...

    Fantastic tour and an even more amazing guide! Ana was incredibly knowledgeable, fun and a joy to be around!

  • Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

    2. Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

    This medieval tour will begin in Barcelona, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on an amazing journey back in time in a small group of maximum 8 persons. Your first stop will be in the city of Vic, which has one of the most suggestive medieval sights of Catalonia. Your guide will show your small group the most important corners of the medieval city such as the cathedral and Roman temple, sharing with you their secrets and history. On your way to Besalú, your small group will drive through the volcanic area of La Garrotxa before arriving at Santa Pau, one of the most charming towns of Catalonia, where you will take a walk through its beautiful medieval streets and its main square. You will also stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the cliff edge.  To finish this journey back in time, your expert guide will t...

    Oriol was amazing! He is well informed, personable and professional. We love hearing about the history of the towns, art and buildings.

  • From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

    3. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

    Depart from Barcelona on a 1.5-hour trip in a comfortable minivan to arrive at La Garrotxa, home to the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Start the day with a gentle hike and a visit to Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the most scenic medieval villages in Catalonia, dramatically perched atop a cliff side at the meeting point of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers.  Continue to Sant Joan les Fonts, where you’ll visit the Romanesque church and medieval bridge from the 12th century. Then, start the hike across the paths following three lava flows that have shaped the landscapes of this region. Learn about the rural way of life of La Garrotxa, an area that is simply beautiful and will put you in a Zen-like mood.  After the hike, head to Besalú, the best-preserved medieval village in Catalonia, where you’ll have free time to eat lunch. Before heading back to Barcelona, enjoy a guided visit...

  • Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake

    4. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake

    If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

  • Three Medieval Towns Tour with Lunch

    5. Three Medieval Towns Tour with Lunch

    Meet your guide at your hotel or apartment in Barcelona. Ride in comfort in a luxury vehicle approximately an hour and a half away to Besalu, taking a scenic route crossing the volcanic area of La Garrotxa Natural Park. The most significant feature of Besalu is its 12th century Romanesque bridge, nestled between Fluvía and Capellades rivers. You’ll be awed by it’s arcaded streets and squares. See the restored mikveh, a ritual Jewish bath, as well as the remains of a medieval synagogue. Then you'll visit the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pere, founded in 977 and consecrated in 1003. At this point, enjoy some free time to explore on your own and take photos. Later continue on to Girona. Here you’ll have a walk through the Cathedral and The Gothic Quarter before you arrive at a local restaurant, where you can enjoy a three course meal. Have the chance to sample the local wines and products...

  • From Girona: Besalú, Banyoles & Historical Garrotxa Day Trip

    6. From Girona: Besalú, Banyoles & Historical Garrotxa Day Trip

    Journey through history on this full-day tour of the county of Garrotxa. Wander around and learn about medieval villages with an English-speaking guide, and delight in fantastic views of this Catalonian county. After pickup from your hotel in Girona, make your way toward the spectacular village of Castellfollit de la Roca, a set of houses that hang from a column of basaltic rock. Explore its small historic quarter, then climb the bell tower to admire spectacular views of the region. Next, have breakfast with views of the cliff before continuing to the beautiful medieval village of Besalú. Take a guided walk with a local guide, and find out about the history of this town and the importance and influence it had during the Middle Ages. When finished, enjoy some free time to walk around the village on your own and have lunch. After lunch, head from Besalú to the Pont del Llierca, a mediev...

  • Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

    7. Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

    Home to a historic Jewish quarter, Girona has steep steps and old world charm. Despite the expulsion of Jews in 1492 from the area, today the “call dels jueus” remains in the same location it has been since the Middle Ages. Enjoy a guided visit to the Museum of Jewish History located where the third and lasts Synagogue of Girona were located before the expulsion. Break for lunch and explore before continuing on to the small country village of Besalú. This town has housed a traditional mikveh and synagogue since the 13th-century. It remains one of the most important Jewish areas in Catalonia and in 1966 was declared a national historic and artistic site. Traces of ancient Jewish history continue to be discovered in Besalú and the town remains similar to how it was back when it was home to a rich Jewish population. Wander the irregular medieval streets and snap photos of the ancient step...

  • From Barcelona: Private Tour of Medieval Towns with Lunch

    8. From Barcelona: Private Tour of Medieval Towns with Lunch

    Immerse yourself in medieval history and the fascinating landscapes of Catalonia on this unforgettable tour. Admire the wonderful landscapes of the region on your car journey from Barcelona while your guide tells you facts about Medieval Catalonia. First, you will visit Rupit, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. Admire houses constructed between the 16th and 19th centuries, stroll through charming cobblestone streets, walk across the medieval hanging bridge, and breathe in rural scents.  The next stop is Besalú, a medieval gem in the heart of Catalonia. You'll feel like an old merchant entering the city across the Romanesque bridge, an 11th-century construction over the Fluvià River. Admire the walls that protected the city and the castle, stroll through arcaded streets and squares, and visit the Jewish Baths at the medieval synagogue. Lunch is up next at a 14th-ce...

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What people are saying about Besalu

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Pick up on the spot and on time. A full day trip, excellent transportation, and a completely personalized tour. The guide, André, is really great; His preparation in terms of historical information is evident not only on the sites visited but also when raising the general context of Spain. Very informative and the landscapes or views of the villages, beautiful!

We found it excellent in all aspects, the places visited and especially our guide Arnau, attentive to ensuring that you are comfortable at all times and explaining everything about the places visited, history and curiosities, a Genius !! Highly recommended.

The tour was well organized . The guide (Rod) was a GOOD one and he was a very warm person and a very good driver which made things easier. The villages and the views were a dream.

Everything was luxurious, our guide Oriol behaved like 10, he knows everything and explains to you super well, he makes you transport to different times in history.

Oriol was amazing! He is well informed, personable and professional. We love hearing about the history of the towns, art and buildings.