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Journey back in time as you discover the charming medieval villages and stunning countryside outside Barcelona on this 10.5-hour, small-group day trip. Explore the charming hamlet of Besalú, including its medieval synagogue and Jewish bath. Then continue on to the village of Rupit, where you’ll discover its baroque Church of Sant Miquel and the castle ruins, pausing to enjoy a traditional Catalan lunch (at your own expense). Finish the day in the area around Tavertet, including a stop to admire the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. Your small-group trip also includes a guide and transport by minivan. 

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

Immerse yourself in the incredible medieval history of the area surrounding Barcelona as you visit some of the region’s most picturesque villages. Anyone interested in the history, culture and architecture of Catalonia is sure to delight in this deep dive into the region’s medieval history.

Start your trip at 8:30am from Central Barcelona, continuing by minivan on a 1.5-hour drive through the lush countryside to the charming village of Besalú. Once you arrive, hop out to begin a walking tour of this ancient city, stopping to admire its streets lined with medieval-era architecture. Then visit a nearby mikveh (a 12th-century Jewish bath) before stopping by a medieval synagogue. 

Continue next to Castellfollit de la Roca, a positively miniscule town situated on the edge of a basalt cliff. This tiny village harbors 1,000 citizens in a town that’s just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters). Proceed from there to Rupit, where you’ll have two hours to wander this beautiful hamlet at your leisure. Stroll the cobblestone roads lined with 16th-century houses, cross the city’s hanging wooden bridge, and make a visit Rupit’s baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Feel free to have lunch (at your own expense) before checking out the ruins of the Castle of Rupit set on a picturesque rocky peak.

After Rupit, take a scenic drive towards the sandstone cliffs at Cingles de Tavertet, set in the Ter River Valley, passing by the area’s megalithic tomb and its Iberian Wall as well. Then arrive in Tavertet, taking time to explore the area’s 48-preserved homes from the 16th and 17th century with your guide. Hear a few details about the village from your guide before checking out the 11th-century romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. You’ll then have time to take a break, grabbing a coffee (at your own expense) or enjoying short walk to the scenic overlook at Panta de Sau lake.

Finish your trip with a ride back to Barcelona, during which you’ll enjoy vistas of verdant-green forests like Magatalls, along with the UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed El Montseny natural park. You’ll be dropped off back at your departure point in Barcelona at the end of the day.

Customer Reviews

Ranjit Mohan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour with some beautiful villages. The tour bus was very comfortable and the guide was awesome. I would recommend this tour to anyone who loves old and quaint towns and villages.

castillo626

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Feliciano, was a star - una estrellita Linda :
This tour can not be recommended enough the medieval villages are stunning and picturesque especially bessalu and ripit. Our guide gave us ample time to explore in each village. Feliciano, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Thanks for a truly amazing and unique day. We hope to see you again. :

walter.rivera.santia ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Amazing!!!!!

Deborah S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A magical day out in a beautifully preserved countryside! Josep was our guide and he did everything to make this a memorable day. We learned about the history and the traditions of Catalunya thanks to his lively stories. Josep's enthusiasm and his love for the country he is showing made this tour all the more enjoyable. It was June 28 so the weather was still pleasant. Basalu is a popular tourist destination but the other two villages were quiet. He took us to a family restaurant in Ruppit and the meal was fabulous and inexpensive. We filled our bottles with cold water from the fountain and walked in the streets of this beautiful village. Every minute of this tour is worth it!

David N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was excellent and Enrique was an excellent guide.

Andrian H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Sean M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We greatly enjoyed the medieval villages of Besalu, Rupit, and Tavertet with our wonderful guide Joseph! Joseph was funny and charming, very knowledgeable, and justifiably proud of his country, his family, the land and the food. 7 passengers in an air-conditioned van, meant that we all got to meet each other and have time to talk to Joseph. Besalu was a very photogenic 10th century village, and Tavertet had spectacular mountain views, while lunch in Rupit was delicious. It was a great day!

jay m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Wow. What a great day trip. Our guide David was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Although it rained at the second stop, we were able to have lunch and then come out into the sunshine. Our driver was an expert as well. Highly recommended. So much history and beautiful old buildings. We really felt like we had a Catalonia experience.

Silva K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Loved everything about the trip. Got to experience Barcelona's countryside, and the amazing Gerona views.
Thanks to our guide George, we learned historical facts of Catalonia. It was worth every minute of it.

Great experience.

claudia e

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

So beautiful. We loved it our and guide. You could just do the first two towns which would give people more time to explore those two towns. The third town did not have as much to see.

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