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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.

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Customer Reviews

Farooha

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

such wonderful historic places

Rahma A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

I highly recommend this trip to everyone who love medieval villages. The tour guide was excellent. I would deffinetly will choose Viator in my travels.

Stephen A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Had a fantastic time. The tour guide, Rodrigo was awesome. Perfect size tour group.

Dean A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Truly enjoyed the very relaxed pace while at the same time getting a whole new insight in the Barcelona area. Guide was tremendous!

g_racheva

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour. Quite spectacular views, not only of the villages themselves but along the route also. The guide was doing everything to make us happy and show us the best spots for good pictures. The fact that it was a small group made the experience more enjoyable. I would recommend.

Samuel R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was a full day and our guide was excellent. The trip includes more than the medieval villages with very scenic views between villages.

claudia r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had two guides who were a delight one was a newer guide taking notes. They knew the history of each place really well and told us great stories. Rupit was amazing and the food was delightful. Make sure you try the ratafia! If you love history, or at least the old buildings that give you a sense of history, this tour is for you.

JULIE R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was absolutely fantastic, not rushed, so nice to be able to sit an enjoy a full menu dinner while getting to chat with other people without feeling pushed.
Still had huge amounts of time in the three stunning villages, Anna, our guide was informative but we still had plenty of time to wander.

Elena K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Nice tour.

Kristin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We had a great time on this tour, the guide was amazing and the villages were awsome. We had a great meal and a wonderful time.

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