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Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

Activity provider: Explore Catalunya
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Travel back in time on this intimate tour as you visit some of Catalonia´s best preserved medieval villages. From stunning Besalú to the hidden jewel of Rupit and finally to the clifftop village of Tavertet, you'll discover a time long forgotten.

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Duration 10 hours
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  • Tour the charming medieval villages of Besalú and Tavertet with a small group
  • Enjoy free time to explore Rupit and visit medieval sites
  • 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
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Meet your guide in central Barcelona at 08:30 am before setting off for a drive through the heart of the Catalan countryside to the ancient town of Besalú. When you arrive, you’ll take a guided walk through this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. Admire the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue. On this 10-hour tour you’ll continue by minivan to the village of Rupit. En route, you’ll pass Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with just 1,000 inhabitants living in just 3,280 square feet of space, located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy 2 hours of free time to explore this beautiful village at your leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Have lunch at a local restaurant (at your own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit perched on a rocky peak. Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. You’ll pass a megalithic tomb (a field of funerary urns) and then the Iberian Wall before reaching the village of Tavertet. With your guide, tour this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn about the village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break for coffee at a local café (at your own expense) or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau Lake. Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.
  • Local guide
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The Explore Catalunya office, directly across from the Palau de la Musica, off Via Laietena

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4.8 /5

based on 112 reviews

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My husband and I enjoyed this tour. The 3 medieval villages were lovely. It's nice to get away from the city and see these 3 small villages all with a different character. Sergi our tour guide/ driver was amazing. He was funny and very informative about all three villages. Keep up the good work :-) . Highly recommended.

March 9, 2022

What a fantastic tour. The stops in Besalu, Rupit and up in the mountains with a stunning view were so worth it. Both Besalu and Rupit are full of history and even tough Game of Thrones wasn't filmed in either location, these plc def give out those vibes. Our tour guide was great, relaxed and didnt rush us anywhere. We had a good coffee stop when we got to Besalu. Also the bakery here has some delicious pastries. The only thing I thought could be changed (but again, it was right after a public holiday, so that may have been the case that in Rupit the place were they take you usually for a tradional lunch was closed), so you ended up having a bit too much time in Rupit. Highly recommend it nevertheless.

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January 3, 2022

An amazing day—especially if you are enthralled by all things ancient. We expected a large group on a bus tour, but what we got instead was a van and a small group of 7 plus our guide, Sergio. Sergio was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, engaging, and a safe driver! He always knew the answer to any question we asked. Highly recommend this tour and this tour company!

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November 11, 2021

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