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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

Katherine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our excellent guide Nico he was our guide the previous day as well took us on an unforgettable day tour of three villages outside of Barcelona. There were only four of us on the tour so it felt like a private tour. HIghlights included a picturesque Romanesque bridge in Besalu, charming Rupit with streets made of lava and best four course lunch ever! and sublime Tavertet, situated on the edge of a basalt cliff. We would have never visited these towns on our own. The was an outstanding tour!

Sally T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Was a great tour

Mauricio H D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Simply enchanting.

Val E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great full day out. Was great value for money. Our guide Marteze was very informative and very pleasant. Each village had their own different thing about them. Would recomend it to anyone .

glenn k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Our small group visit to Besalu, Rupit, and Tavertet was absolutely incredible. Anna, our guide, did a really wonderful job explaining the history of each town and allowed us plenty of time to roam the town on our own with a map. Each of the medieval towns is very clean and extremely well maintained. Especially enjoyed Besalu and was able take a number of good pictures. The drive through the mountains to Rupit is picturesque and once there we enjoyed crossing the wooden bridge that will only accommodate 10 people or less at one tome. We also enjoyed the restaurant In Rupit that Anna recommended to the group. Even though the tour was in February the weather was accommodating as it was sunny but windy. The last stop was in Tavertet and while the town is very small and the time spent there was minimal the view of the mountains and ravines was truly spectacular. I would highly recommend this tour. As my wife was under the weather during the tour, Anna was extremely kind and went beyond the call of duty by assisting her with medication needed to purchase at a local pharmacy.

KL1NGON USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A wonderful trip through the scenic and unspoiled Catalan countryside.Our driver guide, Feliciano, was extremely knowledgeable and personable, taking good care of our small group. We had ample opportunity to explore the villages and get the photos we wanted, and due to excellent weather we were also able to visit the top of the serpentine cliffs near Tavertet where the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. We learned a great deal about the social and historical differences between Catalonia and Spain. Our trip to Barcelona was wonderful, and this tour made a perfect ending to that vacation.

Laura L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We had a fabulous time on this day trip. With the small group size, it felt almost more like we were exploring with friends rather than on an organized tour. Our guide, Anna, was a treasureshe was informative and humorous. Then, of course, the villages were so picturesque. If you're looking for a way to see the region surrounding Barcelona, this is a great option.

arpilgrim

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Best tour I have ever taken. Our tour guide was amazing and was genuinely in love with the small towns we visited. Other tours are advertised as small group but this one actually is. The highlight of our entire trip to Spain. Highly recommended.

Meredith R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We are so glad that we booked this day trip to experience three medieval villages in Catalan! We were staying in Barcelona for five days and while we loved the city, it was great to see and learn about the surrounding area. Our guide Gloria was friendly, personable, knowledgeable, interesting, and accommodating--she was keen to the needs of the group and the individuals within it.

We were expecting to see the three villages on the tour, but we were delighted at the beauty of the Catalan countryside and spectacular views of the Pyrenees off in the distance. Gloria let us make some unplanned stops for photos of the landscape. She knew the history of the villages and of Catalan and we found her knowledge interesting and relevant to the tour. We would recommend this tour to anyone who visits Barcelona.

Tips: We took the tour in January and found that the villages were colder than Barcelona, so wear layers and expect a change in temperature. We also didn't reach our second destination for lunch until 1:30 or 2:00, so pack a snack to eat in case you get hungry between breakfast before the during and the lunch during the tour.

Linda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a wonderful day tour. Great value for the time and money. The villages were amazing. We had a fantastic lunch in Rupit. Our guide Marta provided so much useful information, nice balance between group time and free time to explore on our own.

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