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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