• 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

Petya I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip! We were very lucky to have Arnau as our guide who was super friendly and very knowledgeable. Alfons was our driver who drove us very smoothly through the narrow mountain roads. Thank you both for this amazing experience!!

HEIDI S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

What a great adventure we had!! Lots of history to be learned about these Villages and we did thanks to our wonderful tour guide...Sergio. Highly recommend this day tour from Barcelona.

Kristyne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Amazing!

charles l

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We can't say enough good things about Viator. We have used this service for 6 or 8 years in our travels to Europe. We travel with friends to Barcelona almost once a year, sometimes a larger group, sometimes just the two of us. We enjoy Viator's quick trips outside of town as we don't drive all that well and we enjoy wine tastings and such, which we would not be all that comfortable with while carrying car keys. The tours are easy, informative and, while we have made this tour four times, for our friends and family it is a first time. On this particular trip, when we paused for lunch, we asked our guide for her real off the wall eating place and went there. It was a tiny local mom/pop butcher shop where we had fresh sausage, a regional ham, local cheese, great chunks of fresh bread and a bottle of the local red. The total bill was 4 Euros for the two of us for a wonderful lunch. We have done the wine tastings in the country side on another trip. We highly recommend this for quick side trips. We have yet to try time permitting the trip from Barcelona to the Alhambra, which is several days, includes transportation, meals and hotel for what seems a quite reasonable price. Perhaps next time.

Wes P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

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jwplau

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Amazing tour! Very informative tour and unforgettable scenery. Our guide is professional. He paid good attention to each of us in the group, which is very appreicated. Highly recommend!

Marlene B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

This is an AWESOME Day trip from Barcelona!! Our tour guide was OUTSTANDING! Our tour guide was friendly, fun, knowledgeable, joyful, thinks Out of the Box and makes everyone feel comfortable, welcomed and informed. The villages that we visited were enchanting! I throughly enjoyed my day on this tour and highly recommend that you experience this Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip Tour from Barcelona, as well. You will experience time with your tour guide comfortably laced with time on your own during the village visits. ENJOY!

danicadeering

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

Excellent value, extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. The bus/van was also comfortable, which is important because you do spend quite a bit of time on the road. The views of the countryside on the way back to Barcelona are gorgeous. Lunch in the second village was also excellent, and a great value as well- I recommend you follow the tour guide's advice for lunch, I don't think we would have discovered this little restaurant on our own. It was also a good opportunity to get to know other people on the tour.

Eileen J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

this tour was awesome , the town we visit were so charming and the drive was so beautiful! Being at the beginning of December there was ice on tree branches, sun was out, blue skies. Truly beautiful !! Highly recommend it, Arnau was so full of information and was so awesome. Thank you!

Danilo V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

That was really a wonderful trip. Tavertet was so quiet and peaceful with amazing view.We had the taste of a typical Catalan cuisine.Besalu was likewise extremely charming. Arnau, our tour guide was very knowledgeable in history and so funny at times. I highly recommend this Tour.It's like traveling back in time.

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