Things to do in Vic

Our most recommended things to do in Vic

From Barcelona: Pyrenees Mountains Day Tour

1. 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.

From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

2. 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.

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.

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What people are saying about Vic

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 84 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.

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.

The tour was absolutely amazing! Our guide was informative and funny. We had several age groups in our group and he made it enjoyable for all!

The guide was very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a wonderful time and tour and would do it again in a heartbeat!

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