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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.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

3. 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.

Dali Museum, Medieval Village & Girona: Tour from Barcelona

4. Dali Museum, Medieval Village & Girona: Tour from Barcelona

Depart from Barcelona on a unique adventure that delves into the heart of Catalan culture. Your day starts with a swift and comfortable high-speed train ride to Figueres, the home of the iconic Dalí Museum. Immerse yourself in the surrealist world of the famous 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. This town, with its majestic bridge and Gothic architecture, is a photographic gem, and a stroll through its old town feels like a journey back in time. Next, head to Girona, where history intertwines with vibrant, enchanting streets. Here, you’ll have time to explore its charming corners, from the Girona Cathedral to the picturesque houses along the Onyar River. Plus, enjoy a break to savor the local cuisine at one of the city’s cozy restaurants and a visit to the incredible Arab baths. Conclude your trip with a high-speed train return to Barcelona, taking you back to the city in less than 30 minutes in the most ecological and fast way. This tour is ideal for those seeking a culturally enriching experience, combining the comfort of modern transportation with the historical wonders of 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: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

7. 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.

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. 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

9. 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.

From Barcelona: Osona and La Garrotxa Guided Day Trip

10. 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 Besalu

I enjoyed my tour with David very much. He was very knowledgeable and looked after the group very well. By the end of the tour we were all friends with one another. The three villages that we went to were charming and the views along the way were tremendous. This tour was very enjoyable. and I would recommend it to anyone who would like a lovely day away from the city.

Xavi was a great guide . Personable and knowledgeable. We enjoyed the tour very much and it was a lot of fun .

very good trip into the countryside and all three towns were very charming. our guide was great.

The towns were beautiful, but I wish we could spend more time in at least one of the villages.

We saw a lot of beautiful things, ate great food and had a fun time with our guide!