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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

Judy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I LOVED THIS TOUR!!!! The guide was excellent and visiting these three small villages made my trip. Be sure to have lunch on the second stop, the people were beautiful, the food was great!

Bernadettet C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great experience 18 guests - comfortable size. Great guide - rodrrigess? Terrific knowledge, very caring to my husband and myself. Content of tour -3 villages, very very interesting.

Joseph C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really had a great time visiting the medieval villages, Besalu, Rupit and Tavertet. Our tour guide Feliciano was very professional, very conversed with all facts of all the villages we visted. All three villages preserved in someway or other the original identity, especially Rupit. We had a very good Catalonian lunch at Fonda Marsal. We highly recommend this tour.

Louise G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We loved seeing the beautiful villages. Our guide was very knowledgable and quite enthusiastic. It was a great day!

Donald M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was fantastic ! A great guide, Veronica (?) made it even more so. Well paced, with time to see and appreciate the scenery, history and general ambience. And, the small group was just the right size.
Highly recomend this tour....I guarantee you won and #39;t be disappointed.

deb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the best thing I did during my 10-day stay in Barcelona. Don't miss this one! Highly recommend.

cervanteslorraine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful guide and such an interesting excursion. Would definitely recommend.

Ruth J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Loved this tour. the medieval town was amazing. The tour guide explained everything about the history with out boring details and with a great sense of humor. The 2nd stop was just to see the town and eat lunch but our guide asked if anyone wanted to go with her on a hike to the waterfall and beautiful view instead of eating in a restaurant for 2 hours. We picked up a sandwich and took the hike which was very nice if you like to hike hills. We ate our sandwiches on the rocks over looking the panoramic views. Could have done with out the last stop. Not much to see there. But overall I would highly recommend this trip

gregstzak

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent tour

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.

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