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Besalu
The picturesque mountain town of Besalú is well-known for its ancient Catholic monasteries and iconic Romanesque architecture, particularly a photogenic 12th-century bridge that has become the symbol of the town. In the Middle Ages, Besalú was a regional capital, overseeing this scenic section of Catalonia.

The Basics

Besalú makes a fine base for exploring the region's hiking and climbing opportunities, including the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone (la Zona Volcánica de la Garrotxa), with more than 40 dormant volcanic cones surrounded by protected forests. It’s also a popular day-trip option from nearby Barcelona. A typical day trip includes a tour of the medieval town’s highlights, often combined with a visit to the nearby town of Girona, Pals, Vic, or Santa Pau. Alternatively, a private tour focusing on the region’s Jewish heritage may include the old Jewish quarter and Museum of Jewish History in Girona and the remains of a medieval synagogue in Besalú.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Besalú is a must-visit for history buffs or those looking to get off the beaten path.
  • Choose between the value of a small-group tour or intimacy of a private day trip to experience the town.
  • Day trips from Barcelona can last anywhere from seven to 10 hours, depending on the itinerary and which other towns are included.
  • Most tours include hotel pickup and drop-off; some include lunch at a local restaurant.

How to Get There

Located 81 miles (131 kilometers) northeast of Barcelona, Besalú isn't yet connected to the Spanish train system. For those relying on public transit, direct buses run from Girona, 21 miles (34 kilometers) away, and, much less frequently, Barcelona. You could also take the train from Barcelona to Girona; Besalú buses leave from just outside. Virtually all Besalú tours from Barcelona and Girona include round-trip transportation.

When to Get There
Besalú enjoys a mild climate throughout much of the year, though you should expect cold, sunny days in winter and hot afternoons in summer. Since the town isn’t connected to the rail network, it rarely gets crowded, making it a good option to escape the high season crowds in Barcelona.

La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park
If you’re lingering in Besalú for more than a day trip, definitely set aside some time to explore the volcanic terrain of this beautiful park. More than two dozen signposted walking trails lead to some of the park’s most important landmarks, including lava flows and volcanic cones.
Address: N-260, Besalú 17850, Spain
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Cultural Tours

Full Day Guided Tour: Three Medieval Towns Plus Lunch

This whistle-stop tour of three medieval towns is the ideal tour for visitors with limited time. You’ll save hours researching and planning your trip by having everything organized for you. Travel in comfort between dispersed sites with a guide, and get access to incredible views of La Garrotxa Natural Park. Highlights include a medieval synagogue in Besalu, a delicious lunch in Girona, and the Tower of the Hours in Pals.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Day Trips

Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour From Barcelona with Hotel Pick-Up

Step into the past with this tour of several medieval villages including Besalú. Learn the history of these Catalan gems as your guide points out Roman temples, cathedrals, bridges, and town squares, among other points of interest. Besalú is especially well preserved and offers a true window into medieval history. Your guide will share fascinating historical details like the lasting impact of the town’s Jewish community.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours

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Besalú, Banyoles Lake & the Historical Garrotxa day trip

Visit Castellfollit de la Roca, Besalú, and Banyoles on a full-day Garrotxa tour from Girona that combines beautiful scenery with medieval villages. For travelers without independent transport, linking up the picture-perfect spots would mean a long series of bookings, but exploring with a guide takes care of logistics while unlocking the Garrotxa’s long history, from stone bridges to cliff-top houses and medieval architecture.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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Girona and Besalu, Jewish History tour Small Group from Girona

Immerse yourself in Jewish history during this 8-hour (small group tour up to 7 people) of Girona and Besalu. Both are traditional Spanish Jewish communities that have a long history and rich culture. In Girona, wander the Jewish quarter of ‘the Call’ and learn about the important area’s medieval history, including Nahmanides, one of the greatest Kabbalah scholars. The Museum of Jewish History is a stop not to be missed. Enter the small city of Besalú via the famous medieval bridge and wander through the medieval and Jewish quarter. Visit a 12th-century Micveh before being returned back to your hotel.
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  • 8 hours
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Besalú excursion: fortress between two rivers

From BARCELONA, discover the medieval village of Besalú: fortress between two rivers.Live the medieval time of the interior of Catalonia, we will know the corners of Besalú, the fortress between two rivers. We will visit the medieval town, with the help of a specialized guide, and we will enter the Church of San Pedro, Church of San Vicente, Micvé, synagogue and audiovisual of the history of Besalú. Once the guided tour is over, we will go to El Rebost de Besalú where we will enter the museum and make a tasting of typical La Garrotxa sausages. We will have 1:30h to lunch in Besalú and we will return in the afternoon to Barcelona.Itinerary:9:00 a.m.: Departure from Catalunya Sq. 21 from Barcelona to Besalú by bus11:00 a.m.: Guided tour of Besalú 12:45 a.m.: Entrance to a museum with tasting a typical sausages of La Garrotxa1:00 p.m.: Besalú free time for lunch 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Return from Besalú to Barcelona by bus 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Arrival at Catalunya Sq. 21 (Barcelona)
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  • 7 hours
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Private: Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour from Girona

Discover Catalonia’s Jewish heritage on a full-day tour of Girona and Besalú led by a private guide. Learn about the area’s rich history as you wander the winding streets and unique shops of Girona’s old Jewish quarter, visit the Museum of Jewish History, and explore Besalú’s unique cultural treasures including a Romanesque bridge, a 12th-century Mikveh, and the remains of a medieval synagogue.
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  • 7 hours
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Day Trips

Game of Thrones Locations Small Group Tour: Dalí Museum, Girona & Medieval Besalú

This action-packed tour is ideal for travelers with limited time. You’ll see the best of Catalonia in a day with great food, the Dalí Museum, and guided tours of Girona and Besalú. No need to organize transport as you’ll travel from Barcelona in a comfortable air-conditioned minibus. You'll beat the crowds and visit the Dalí Museum at the start of the day. A highlight is a delicious lunch in Besalú with a glass of wine included.
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  • 11 hours
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Jewish Heritage and history - Girona and Besalu

Delve into the Jewish heritage of Girona and Besalu on this private guided tour. Explore the city of Girona’s well-preserved Jewish quarter. Continue to the village of Besalu, where you can see a synagogue and a traditional Jewish bath. As you stroll through the scenic streets, learn about the Jewish history of Catalonia from your guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Besalú Vic and Medieval Towns Tour From Barcelona

Exploring Catalonia’s medieval towns in a day from Barcelona by yourself means going by rental car, and without a guide to spotlight their history. This private full-day tour provides transport and commentary, so you see and learn more than if alone. Enjoy walking tours of Vic, Santa Pau, and Besalú to discover stories and sights you’d otherwise miss, and enjoy Catalonia’s scenery without driving or route-planning to distract you.
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  • 10 hours
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Besalu, Banyoles Lake and the Volcanic Area near Girona

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 with a lot of history where our guide will explain the medieval and Jewish heritage of Besalú and a second part of the day to enjoy the nature of the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. You will prove it with your own eyes visiting a Medieval hermitage located in the middle of the crater of one of them. Also you will visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau an small village sorrounded by volcanoes.To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to have a walk or to sail at the Banyoles lake , the largest lake in Catalonia.We will come back to Girona city about 5/5.30pm depending on the traffic.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

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Private Girona and Besalu, Jewish History tour from Barcelona

Immerse yourself in Jewish history during this 8-hour Private tour of Girona and Besalu. Both are traditional Spanish Jewish communities that have a long history and rich culture. In Girona, wander the Jewish quarter of ‘the Call’ and learn about the important area’s medieval history, including Nahmanides, one of the greatest Kabbalah scholars. The Museum of Jewish History is a stop not to be missed. Enter the small city of Besalú via the famous medieval bridge and wander through the medieval and Jewish quarter. Visit a 12th-century Micveh before being returned back to your hotel.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours

Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Full Day Tour: Three Medieval Towns Plus Lunch

Discover the medieval heritage of Catalonia during this full-day private excursion from Barcelona. Visit the towns of Besalu, Girona, and Pals to learn about their rich histories stretching as far back as 977. See key landmarks like Benedictine Monastery or Saint Pere in Besalu, the Girona Cathedral, and Tower of the Hours in Pals. Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal paired with a glass of cava included in the price.
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  • 9 hours
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Girona and Besalu and its Jewish treasures

Girona is one of the most interesting medieval cities, that invites visitors to trace its more than 2000 years of history through two fortified enclosures and the Medieval Quarter, along the Onyar river. The highlights of Girona are rounded off by the impressive old Jewish Quarter or Call, with its beautiful streets and porticoed squares. It is one of the best preserved Jewish quarters in the world and evidence of the importance of the Jewish culture in Spain. Nor far away from Girona we can findthe county town of Besalú , that constitutes a unique Jewish heritage site in Spain. In 1966 Besalú was declared a national artistic site. With its twisting medieval streets, arches, steps, stone houses, the superb Romanesque bridge leading to the town center over the waters of the Fluvià river. . . Besalú still retains the charm of medieval times. I can create a customized tour for you if you have any special requests or if you are more than 6 people and need a bigger vehicle !
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  • 7 hours
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DALI, BESALÚ & GARROTXA FROM SANTA SUSANA

Tour visiting Besalu, its Old Bridge, the center of the city and the Churches and we will end up touring the Forests of the Natural Park of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone,
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours

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BESALÚ, RUPIT & VIC FROM SANTA SUSANA

This tour begins in Besalu and its old bridge, continue to visit its churches, we will then explore the Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park, followed by Rupit and the village of Cingles del Tavertet with great scenic interest and we finish in Vic and its monumental history .
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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Private Jewish History Tour: Girona and Besalú with lunch

Discover the Jewish roots of these two incredible towns: Girona and Besalú, in this private small-group day trip for a maximum of 8 people. Walk through the narrow streets of the Call Jueu in Girona and imagine how the people lived and thrived there. Enter the Jewish History museum and see it with your own eyes. Then, enjoy a vegetarian lunch in one of the top rated restaurants in the city before going to Besalú, where we'll go on a guided tour, see the Micvé and have some free time to wander around before heading back to Girona.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

Literary, Art & Music Tours

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MEDIEVAL HERITAGE GIRONA AND BESALU PRIVATE TOUR

Discover the city of Girona, its medieval and jewish heritage in the old down town and the jewish quarter (named "el call"). Walk along the walls and enjoy the panoramic views of Girona.Visit the cathedral and it's treasur, and finish the visit at the jewish museum in Girona.After that time for lunch in Girona or Besalú and after lunch visit the cosy town of Besalú and its medeval and jewish heritage.This is a private tour and you will have a driver-guide, who explain the most important and shows you where everything is. Our driver-guides are not official guides but got enough knowlegments of every place you visit.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours

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Besalú from Roses: fort between two rivers

From BARCELONA, discover the medieval village of Besalú: fortress between two rivers.Live the medieval time of the interior of Catalonia, we will know the corners of Besalú, the fortress between two rivers. We will visit the medieval town, with the help of a specialized guide, and we will enter the Church of San Pedro, Church of San Vicente, Micvé, synagogue and audiovisual of the history of Besalú. Once the guided tour is over, we will go to El Rebost de Besalú where we will enter the museum and make a tasting of typical La Garrotxa sausages. We will have 1:30h to lunch in Besalú and we will return in the afternoon to Barcelona.Itinerary:9:00 a.m.: Departure from Catalunya Sq. 21 from Barcelona to Besalú by bus11:00 a.m.: Guided tour of Besalú 12:45 a.m.: Entrance to a museum with tasting a typical sausages of La Garrotxa1:00 p.m.: Besalú free time for lunch 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Return from Besalú to Barcelona by bus 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Arrival at Catalunya Sq. 21 (Barcelona)
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  • 7 hours
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  • 7 hours


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