• Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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

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

blueboxhg1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Beautiful village walk down toward the water worth the view

sirkku s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The trip was very informative and also enjoyable in beautiful landscapes. The villages were unique and each has their own history and stories. Our guide, Sergio gave us excellent information and was very nice company during the trip. I recommend to everybody!

Dailen G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This is a fantastic tour. You learn so much about the beauties of Catalonia, and its culture. The local guide was fantastic.

Victoria W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

The guide was so nice and knowledgeable. I had a great time exploring and getting to learn more about the villages.

Shweta W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was an excellent excursion from Barcelona. We were taken to 3 medieval towns - Besalu, Rupit and Travertet. We had plenty of free time to explore Besalu and Rupit on our own. Travertet was just a quick stop for pictures. Nicholas our tour guide was really nice. We left Barcelona around 9am and were back at Plaza Catalunya around 7pm. Overall, a wonderful experience. Would highly recommend.

Liz P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Rod was our guide and he was amazing! Definitely made the experience even better. One of the best guided tours I've taken. Puntual and very well structured

kuki United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

For touring in general, whenever possible do a small group tour, may be a little more, but so worth it! We weren't sure what to expect, but Anna our guide was awesome, learned so much history! What we found interesting was that with each town the population was less and less, the last town was only 100 people! Coming from a large city that seems unfathomable! Spectacular views and great food!

ALLA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Amazing. Highly recommended. Anna is very nice and knowledgeable.

Bill Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This tour was another long trip, but the tour guide made it very interesting. He was knowledgeable and even on the long drives, he had something to offer. Again, this trip was expensive, but I do not begrudge the cost. It was worthwhile and educational and got us out into the countryside.

shravya.g

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Gloria was very friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. In the middle of the trip, the bus broke down but the company accommodated us by providing free drinks for everyone and our tour guide took us to a nearby village that had an awesome bar. This made our trip even more memorable.

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