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Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

1. 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: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

2. From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

This is a perfect tour for anybody wanting to truly escape the city and immerse themselves in nature. From Barcelona, take an exciting and picturesque journey into one of the world's most famous mountain ranges. Depart Barcelona in the morning and head north towards the Pyrenees. Along the way, stop for a short but sweet break in the medieval town of Vic.  In keeping with the philosophy of giving you as much time as possible to explore on your own, head first for the Market Square where the guide will give you an introduction to the town and suggestions of what to see. You'll have plenty of time to stroll around the town center. See the grand cathedral and some magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings, or simply relax while having breakfast in the heart of the town: a beautiful arched square (one of the biggest in the country) where the market and other major events are held. The visit to Vic coincides with traditional market days, something which has been taking place every week for over a thousand years! From Vic, continue up to the Pyrenees. Before boarding the train, briefly visit Queralbs, which, at an altitude of 1,236 meters (4,055 feet), is the last vehicle-accessible village on the way up to the mountain valley destination. This tiny mountain village has a population of only 200 permanent residents living in a rambling collection of traditionally-built stone houses. Perched on the side of the mountain, this impossibly quaint hamlet is one of the most memorable parts of the day. See the Church of Sant Sadurní de Fustanyá, built from stones so perfectly-hewn that legend says it was built by the fairies and witches said to inhabit the surrounding caves. From Queralbs, take the last 6 km (4 miles) of the impressive rack railway up to an altitude of 1,964 metres (6,443 feet) and into the stunning mountain valley of Vall de Núria. Thanks to the mountain railway, you’ll be able to get high into the mountains with no effort at all. If you love hiking, then ask the guide to show you some routes, as there's something for everyone. In the valley you’ll also find a sanctuary, originally built to house pilgrims to the valley, and which takes its name from the Virgin de Núria. Her image, buried in the earth, was reputedly unearthed by a very persistent ox! You can even try horseback riding, open-air bowling, archery lessons, crazy golf, or boating on the lake. Another option is to enjoy some of the traditional Catalan dishes available in the valley’s restaurants. From Queralbs, the return trip to Barcelona begins, and you'll arrive back in the city in the early evening.

Vic: Balloon Ride

3. Vic: Balloon Ride

A balloon flight is an experience that you always will remember. It begins very early in the morning at sunrise. The preparation of the balloon lasts half an hour and it's spectacular to see how the balloon takes shape. Once the balloon is ready for takeoff, get inside the basket. The pilot will give a briefing and then you will depart. Your pilot will take the balloon to different heights looking for the most favourable air currents, resulting in an entertaining and varied experience. The basket is extremely stable and the views will be unforgettable. After a reminder of the briefing, the pilot will start to descend. The landing is one of the most exciting moments of the balloon flight. After the landing passengers can, if they wish, help to collect the balloon, a good way to make the experience even more involved and interesting. There is still a very important part of the experience left. Since 1783, when the first balloon flight was made with passengers, a champagne toast has been a part of the journey. Here, you do it with Catalan Cava, a sparkling wine from the Catalonia region. The pilot will then present each passenger with a flight certificate to commemorate the experience. On each flight we take pictures and passengers can download them from an online photo gallery afterwards.

From Barcelona: Osona and La Garrotxa Guided Day Trip

4. From Barcelona: Osona and La Garrotxa Guided Day Trip

Travel in time to witness a different side of Catalonia, filled with medieval landmarks, villages, and food. Visit the well-conserved towns of Vic in Osona, Santa Pau, Besalú, as well as the forests of La Fageda. Start your tour at Vic's sites, where a temple from Roman times, the medieval city walls, and its romanesque cathedral await. Next, visit La Garrotxa, where the landscape is still visibly shaped by its volcanic past. Your next stop is Santa Pau, to explore the medieval city walls and the Santa Maria Church, as well as the town's main square. Pick whether to enjoy a picnic in the forest of La Fageda or taste the rustic dishes in one of the guest houses along the way. Finish your tour in Besalú, world-famous for its 14th-century bridge that was featured in the TV show Westworld. Visit some of the romanesque landmarks like Saint Peter's or Saint Vincent Monastery. Make the most of your stop and explore local products like salami, cheese, honey, and churros.

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What people are saying about Vic

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 89 reviews

Rod was a great guide-personable, excellent knowledge and presentation of history (and everything else you might want to know about, including recipes!), skilled driver, really made the trip fun and interesting. Van was clean and comfortable, with very welcome AC in the hot weather. Highly recommend this trip, with no hesitation.

Very cool and informative trip. Vic is a super town with lots of history to explore. Queralbs is a very beautiful village. On the ride on the cog railway you have a wonderful view. But the valley of Nuria is the highlight of the tour.

our guide Arnau was very kind with a lot of knowledge about the area. we was a small group around 12 people all was by the time. The tour goes from Barcelona at 8.30 am and return around 7 pm.

It was a very nice trip, a must for everyone who likes nature and mountains, the guide Sergi was very good. A very varied day

Very good organization, very competent and helpful guide.