5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

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

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

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 June 2015

What a wonderful day this was. Enrique is an exceptional tour guide. It was great to get out of the city for a day and to experience the beautiful drive to these remote villages, high up in the mountains. The time we had in each village was perfect and Enrique's 1 restaurant recommendation in Rupit was fantastic. Loved it!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The villages are quaint, so the photos are stunning. Great scenery, and drive on a medieval road. If you're lucky...you'll find cows grazing alongside the road.

Steven G
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was one of our favorite trips in Spain. It was an interesting day, visiting 3 ancient villages. The scenery was beautiful as we drove through part of the Pyrenees Mountains. The photographs taken were actually some of our favorite from our 32 day visit to Spain. Anna was our guide and she was outstanding! She was very professional, knowledgeable, personable and easy going. This excursion is highly recommended, especially if you are interested in medieval history.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent and interesting trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

excellent trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was the best of all the tours we took while on our trip. Philipanue our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun to tour with. I would highly recommend both the tour and him to everyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour hit the mark on every level. There were 11 of us, plus the guide and the minibus driver, on this tour - towards the upper end of what I'd expect for a small group tour, but still a very manageable size. The sights we visited were amazing including the brief stops at two very scenic lookouts along the way, the authenticity of the food at the lunch stop fit perfectly with the concept of this tour and the guide was wonderful. Having a very proud Catalonian give an overview of the history of Catalonia and provide context for how each of the sights on this tour fit into that history once upon a time really tied everything together beautifully. Additionally, I thought we had an appropriate amount of time scheduled for each sight - we had plenty of time to explore each village, take pictures and ask questions I don't remember feeling rushed at all. Overall, this was a great tour and was well worth the money. If you are interested in getting outside of Barcelona to explore the countryside and what the rest of Catalonia has to offer, I would definitely recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Lydia was outstanding as our tour guide and driver for the day. She is the most knowledgeable of giudes. Loads of knowledge on Catalunya history and very passionate about her people and Catalunya country. She made the trip enjoyable and provided information on each of the Medieval Villages.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Excellent sites. Tour guide was very subject matter very well. He was well educated and related well to all people on the tour. I especially liked the fact that it was a smaller group.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Highly recommended! Visit to small villages of Besalu, Rupit and Tavertet. Tour ends with the wonderful and panoramic scenery in Tavertet. A nice educational and relaxing tour.

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