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  • Location:Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration:10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

Leave Barcelona and travel back to ancient times on this small-group tour of Catalonia’s medieval villages. Visit the beautifully preserved villages of Besalú and Tavertet and learn interesting facts about these historical locations from your guide. Have free time in Rupit village to see the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel and have a traditional Catalan lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. Take in views of the remains of the Castle of Rupit, Castellfollit de la Roca and the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. This small-group tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.


  • Small-group day trip to Catalonia medieval villages from Barcelona
  • Visit the charming medieval villages of Besalú and Tavertet with your guide
  • Enjoy free time in Rupit to visit medieval locations and have a traditional lunch at a local restaurant (own expense)
  • Take in stunning views of the countryside from the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs
  • See the beautiful Castellfollit de la Roca village located at the edge of a basalt cliff
  • Small-group tour ensures a more personalized experience

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Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

Small-Group Tour: Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

Discover the beauty of Catalonia ’s medieval villages on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Meet your guide in central Barcelona and relax in a comfortable minivan as you take in views of the green countryside on the 1.5-hour drive to Besalú.

When you arrive, enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. See 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 toward the village of Rupit. On the way, pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with 1,000 habitants in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters), located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy two hours of free time to visit this beautiful village at your own 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. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit on a rocky peak.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs, located by the Ter river valley. Pass by a megalithic tomb -- a field of funerary urns -- and the Iberian Wall until you reach the village of Tavertet. With your guide, visit this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn interesting facts about this village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break to grab a coffee at a local café (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.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was awesome. There were only three of us in the 'small group' - my wife, myself, and one other guest. Enrique was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and friendly! He went out of his way to make sure we had a great day, including some special stops at his favorite viewing points. We even had lunch with him at his favorite restaurant in Rupit, which was delicious and inexpensive. All in all, a wonderful day which I would encourage anyone to experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Joseph was a great guide, and we enjoyed seeing the villages. The lunch restaurant was terrific--the food as good as any we had on our whole trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was great. Our guide was among the best of all our 12 tours through Spain and Italy. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

guide Josefe was wonderful - his love of and knowledge of Cataunya showed in his descriptions. Went to charming villages would not hacve otherwise seen.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

My personal favourite Barcelona tour from the 6 we did!!! What a tour!! Our guide Josep was the best guide ever. all the medieval villages were simply picturesque and he also found the time to take us on top of cliffs to witness eagles flying above us! I will surely never forget this tour. And even the meal that we had in one of the small villages in a family-run restaurant recommended by Josep it was simply scrumptious. I would recommend this tour to everyone! You will surely never forget the views and panoramas!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour - enjoyed the small old towns and great views - tour guide was very informative. I would recommend and even go on it again!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was a great tour! The group was only 6 people, which really made the tour much better. The tour guide was knowledgeable and funny.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

My husband and I absolutely loved ever minute of this tour! Our guide, Emma, was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. Besalú, our first stop, was just stunning. We had enough free time to explore the medieval village, although we could have easily spent the entire day there!
We also headed to a viewpoint, where we had gorgeous views of the Pyrenees, which made for wonderful photo opportunities.
We then drove to Rupit, which was another picturesque village. We had a few hours of free time, to explore and have lunch. The was a fun rope bridge, which we crossed a few times while exploring. We also had lunch at Restaurant Albert, which offered a terrace with incredible views. After lunch, we hiked to a small church which our guide had pointed out earlier.
Our final stop was in Tavertet, which was a very small village, but it offered some of the best views!
We would highly recommend this tour, as both my husband and myself had one of the best days ever! Be sure to bring your camera, as there are so many wonderful photo opportunities on this trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour for anyone interested in exploring old villages. Of the three villages visited, Besalu offers the most for a tourist. The Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs offer an amazing view of the surrounding mountains and the Ter valley below the cliff. Our tour guide Emma was very knowledgeable and accommodating for our unusually large group.

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