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From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

1. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages Day Tour

Discover the medieval villages of Catalonia on a guided small group tour around the area. Visit Besalú, Rupit, and Travertet, with a mix of free time to explore and storytelling from your guide. Meet your guide in central Barcelona in the morning before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, 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. 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 bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Purchase lunch at a local restaurant and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, which has been declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café at your own expense or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

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 take you to Besalú. Here, you'll find one of the best-conserved medieval buildings of Catalonia. Your guide will explain to you the importance of the Jewish community that lived in the city. Finally, you will be able to walk the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a mandatory visit for anyone who loves medieval architecture.

From Barcelona: Dali Museum, Medieval Village & Girona Tour

3. From Barcelona: Dali Museum, Medieval Village & Girona Tour

Embark on a journey that delves into the heart of Catalan culture from Barcelona. Start your day with a swift high-speed train ride to Figueres, the home of the Dalí Museum. Immerse yourself in the surrealist world of the artist and discover why this museum is a must-visit in any Catalonian itinerary. Continue to Besalú, a medieval treasure where every corner tells a story. Admire its majestic bridge and Gothic architecture, and a stroll through its old town. Next, head to Girona, where history intertwines with vibrant, enchanting streets. Enjoy free time to explore Besalú’s charming corners, from the Girona Cathedral to the picturesque houses along the Onyar River. Also, enjoy a break to savor the local cuisine at one of the town’s cozy restaurants and visit the incredible Arab baths. Conclude your trip with a high-speed train back to Barcelona, taking you back to the city in less than 30 minutes.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

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

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.

From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

5. From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

Start your tour from your hotel, and get picked-up by your guide in a comfy private minivan to start your tour. Pass by Barcelona’s main highlights, have a look to the Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central square, that connects to the avenue Passeig de Grácia, an elegant boulevard that hosts a wealth of modernist architecture like the famous Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, but also the amazing Casa Ametller and Casa Lleo i Morera. Continue the journey heading to Vic, a town that offers visitors one of the most memorable medieval settings in all Catalonia region. Due to the town’s destruction and reconstruction after the Saracen invasion in the 9th Century, Vic has been completely rebuilt. A whole new city grew around some of Catalunya’s most important landmarks, including the Episcopal Museum, Cathedral and Main Square (also home of a popular weekly market). Get to know important corners of the medieval city, including the paintings of Josep Maria Sert in the Cathedral, and the Roman temple. Discover the history and hidden secrets of these wonderful relics along the way. After the walking tour and before to head to the next destination, savor authentic Catalan cuisine for lunch in one of the best places, recommended by your guide. Continue your tour crossing la Garrotxa and observing volcanoes and other magnificent geological structures, before arriving to Santa Pau. Enjoy a walking tour through one of the most charming towns of Historic Catalunya, in the company of your guide and take the chance to walk down along the beautiful medieval streets of this town, visiting the main square. Stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the edge of a basalt cliff. This is a great place to take some photos while enjoying the view. End your back-in-time journey at the final and most important stop of the tour, Besalú. With its incredibly rich heritage and wide array of monuments, Besalú offers visitors one of the best-preserved medieval settings of Catalonia. The town was even classified a Historical and Artistic National Monument in 1966. Our guide will explain the importance of the Jewish community that once resided in the city, from the 9th to the 15th century, and share with you the patrimonial inheritance that this community left behind. Discover the most special corners of the city, and get the chance to cross the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a must for anyone visiting this medieval city.

Girona: Small Group Jewish History Tour of Girona and Besalú

6. 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 steps, arches, stone houses and shops that still sell local handicrafts and goods. Don’t forget to pass over the striking Romanesque bridge that provides access to the town over the Fluvià river, one of the most memorable sights in town.

From Barcelona: Private Tour of Medieval Towns with Lunch

7. 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. Enjoy a delicious Catalan menu in a picturesque location. The final stop is Girona. Your guide will take you through one of the most interesting Medieval Towns in Catalonia, with more than two thousand years of history. See the stunning Cathedral, the Basilica of Sant Feliu. Then, tour the Jewish Quarter, one of the best-preserved in Europe and wander past the colorful houses on the Onyar River.

From Girona: Besalú, Banyoles & Historical Garrotxa Day Trip

8. 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 medieval bridge built on the River Fluvià, and appreciate its architectural beauty. From here, move on toward Banyoles and take a walk along the edge of the beautiful lake. Hear some curiosities and anecdotes about the place as you enjoy the marvelous green and blue scenery. The tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel in Girona.

Private tour Girona, Dali & Costa Brava with audioguide

9. Private tour Girona, Dali & Costa Brava with audioguide

DAY 1: BARCELONA - MEDIEVAL VILLAGES -COSTA BRAVA - CADAQUES Departure from Barcelona early in the morning to the north of Catalonia, following the famous Costa Brava, starting our tour in Tossa de Mar, known for its impressive medieval castle and beautiful beaches. We will start our tour in Tossa de Mar, known for its impressive medieval castle and beautiful beaches, we will visit the Vila Vella, the old walled old town, and stroll through its cobblestone streets. We will continue our route to the village of Pals and Peratallada, famous for its well-preserved old town, with medieval architecture, and walk through the historic center, up to the Torre de las Horas, with panoramic views. Nearby, we find the village of Begur with its famous medieval castle and its hidden coves. Time for lunch. To stretch our legs we will take a short walk along the famous Camino de Ronda, a paved path, which runs along the exceptional nearby coves such as Sa Riera or Aiguablava. In the afternoon, one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, and of course of the Costa Brava, awaits us. Embedded in a rocky bay of difficult access, we arrive in Cadaqués, with labyrinthine streets all pedestrian, with its stories of pirates. There we will have free time to stroll and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere in all its splendor. At the end of the day, we will depart to the city of Rosas, where we will stay. DAY 2: DALI (Fiqueres) - BESALU - GIRONA Early in the morning visit to the Salvador Dalí Theater-Museum, which houses a collection of works donated by Dalí himself, famous Spanish artist, with more than 1 million visitors a year. We leave Figueres towards Besalu, where we will have a walk on the Old Bridge of Besalu, it is said that its construction was in the eleventh century on a Roman bridge, but in reality it was rebuilt in the fourteenth century. But in the destruction it suffered in the civil war it was rebuilt again. It has two angled spans and in the center area is the tower with a small arch. Visit the center of the city, with streets and facades as part of its medieval heritage. On this tour we will visit the ecclesiastical monuments of the town, such as the churches of Sant Pere, Santa Maria and Sant Vicenç, which are composed of both Romanesque and Gothic elements. In the Jewish quarter we can visit some medieval baths, dedicated to the Hebrew ritual ablutions. For lunch, we will go to the city of Girona, a romantic city, with plenty of places to visit. In Girona we will have the opportunity to see, among others, some of the scenes of Game of Thrones, right on the steps of the cathedral. Continuing with our Jewish history, we will visit the Synagogue of this city, in a very good state of preservation. We will also visit the Eiffel Bridge, built at the meeting of 4 rivers, or the Cathedral of Santa Maria de Girona, with the largest altar of all European Gothic art. Finally we return to the city of Girona.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

10. 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 of Besalú where you’ll see the most unique spots of this beautiful medieval town for an authentic trip back in time.

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4.8
(228 reviews)

I can’t say enough good things about this day trip on every level. To begin, our guide Nuria was so friendly, warm and engaging, not to mention super knowledgeable and an excellent planner (and driver too). She really made history come alive while keeping a good pace and caring about our comfort and well-being. I really appreciated all of the special little details she added once she saw my interest in certain things. The rest of our small group was lovely and for most of the day I forgot I was on a tour as it felt like I was traveling with friends. The van was very comfortable and the scenery was spectacular. I would highly recommend this tour and our guide.

The trip guided by David was extraordinary. We visited three medieval towns and enjoyed fabulous views of this beautiful area north to Barcelona. The shortcut made at the end enabled us to view extra beautiful town of Tavertat. Highly recommended

The Trip was great!! I loved the 3 towns we visited and the history behind each town. Nu was a very good guide, very detailed and clear. I recommend taking this tour if you are visiting Barcelona!! Thank you, Nu!!

Amazing experience, David was a great guide, loved the transportation and loved the small group it was much mote personalized

The route and the attention from Xavi were very nice, I loved Besalú