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La Garrotxa and Besalú Private Tourfrom Barcelona

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Marvel at the medieval monuments of Besalú and the natural wonders of La Garrotxa volcanic area on this private full-day tour from Barcelona. Explore the historic town of Santa Pau, stroll through the beech forests of the Fageda d'en Jorda and hike into the crater of the Santa Margarita volcano. Then, journey back in time with a tour of the walled town of Besalú. Best of all: this private tour can be customized to suit your interests and ensures the undivided attention of your guide.
  • Full-day private tour of La Garrotxa and Besalú from Barcelona
  • Marvel at the dramatic landscapes of the Garrotxa volcanic zone
  • Hike through the woodlands of Fageda d'en Jorda and the volcanic crater of Santa Margarita volcano
  • Explore the historic town of Besalú, famous for its medieval and Romanesque architecture
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport by private vehicle
  • This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide
Meet your guide at your Barcelona hotel to begin your La Garrotxa and Besalú private tour. Soak up the scenery as you journey north through the Catalan countryside to the wild volcanic region of La Garrotxa.

Jump out to explore the village of Santa Pau, where the medieval castle and fortifications offer an intriguing glimpse into the region’s history. Continue past the looming peak of the Croscat volcano and pause to admire the geological marvel, left exposed by years of mining and excavations.

Next, pull on your walking shoes and set out to explore the woodlands of Fageda d'en Jorda. Follow one of the many footpaths through the ancient beech forest and listen as your guide points out native plants and wildlife endemic to the region.

Finally, arrive at the morning’s star attraction, the Santa Margarita volcano, where a short hike into the crater will be rewarded with unforgettable views over the surrounding volcanoes. Spend time drinking in the views and admiring the ruins of a 10th-century chapel at the center of the crater, then re-fuel with a picnic lunch (not provided: please bring your own), gazing out over the volcanic landscapes.

After lunch, continue to the nearby village of Besalú and set out to explore the medieval town on a walking tour. Learn how the fortified town was an important trade center during the Middle Ages as you admire the Romanesque architecture and take in the views from the 10th-century walls. Stroll around the Jewish Quarter, peek into the old synagogue and visit the monastery, then admire monumental landmarks like the Royal Curia and the fortified bridge.

After a full day exploring La Garrotxa, return to Barcelona and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.
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BCN Hidden Tours
Lace up your walking shoes, depart Barcelona, and begin your tour of La Garrotxa’s most beautiful spots. Explore Catalonia’s famed beech tree forests, one of the 26 reserves inside the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa. Traverse the fairy-tale landscape, visiting any of twenty or more volcanoes, and linger inside one of the craters.
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La Fageda d'en Jorda
Hike to the Croscat volcano, where an old stone extraction allows you to see into its depths. From there, hike through beech forests, admiring spectacular views. Make the easy climb up the Santa Margarita volcano, and stop to see the Templar chapel located in its center. We recommend you bring a small picnic to enjoy while you take in the panoramic view from atop the crater. Continue to the medieval walled town of Besalú, a prime example of Romanesque architecture and widely regarded as one of Spain’s most beautiful villages. An important commercial center during the Middle Ages, the town hosted merchants from all over Europe, who came to trade and do business. See the 10th-century castle, fortress, ramparts, church, and monastery. Stroll through the Jewish quarter, glimpsing the old synagogue, the Royal Curia, and the fortified bridge, and allow yourself to be transported to the time of kings and knights. Savor the beauty one last moment before journeying back to Barcelona.
Duration: 720 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

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Great tour by BCN hidden tours
yuvalgonen
, Jul 2018
Very knowledgeable about the area. We really enjoyed this private tour. Our guide did an exceptional work. From the car ride from our hotel until we got back. The trip to Besalú was amazing travel in time. We also enjoyed the walk through the forest to the crater.

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