This picturesque mountain town of Besalú is well known for its ancient Catholic monestaries and iconic Romanesque architecture, in particular a photogenic 12th century bridge that has become the symbol of the town. In the Middle Ages, it was a regional capital, overseeing this scenic section of Catalán.
Subsequent centuries only added to its cultural mystique, from a symphony of Moorish arches reflected in the Fluvia and Capadella Rivers, to the Jewish ritual baths and ancient synagogue, hewn from the same gleaming stone.
Besalú also makes a fine base for exploring the region's hiking and climbing opportunities, including la Zona Volcánica de la Garrocha, with more than 40 dormant volcanic cones surrounded by protected forests.
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Besalú isn't yet connected to the Spanish train system, but Teisa runs direct buses from Girona, and much less frequently, Barcelona. You could also take the train from Barcelona to Girona; Besalú buses leave from just outside. Barcelona's busy El Prat Airport (BCN) has direct flights from all over Europe.
While the historic center of Besalú is certain small enough to stroll around, if you're planning to visit the region's wilderness areas, such as Parque Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrocha, it may be worth hiring a car or planning to book a taxi.