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Catalonia Medieval Villages Day Tour from Barcelona

Product ID: 55978
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.
About this activity
Duration: 10 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local guide
  • Transportation
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks (unless specified)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

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

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Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 91 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.8 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.6 / 5
  • Safety
    4.7 / 5
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Jordi was an amazing chauffeur and guide. His knowledge was detailed and patience in addressing our questions was amazing. He also went out of his way to show us some hidden gems along the way. Definitely would recommend to anyone planning a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

1 January 2020

Very good excursion. The outward journey was very enjoyable, the tours of the villages allowed us to know everything in detail and we had time to explore them on our own as well. The return became a bit long since they were 90 minutes back to the city without destinations to travel or relevant landscapes to comment. Perhaps it could be organized so as not to have extended periods of time in transport without stops at destinations to appreciate.

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3 December 2019

A trip could of been shorter

Me and my wife liked just one town on our second stop, the other two was not worth the time. So the trip could of been much shorter. Guides were friendly, a little bit over rushed at the end when heading back to Barcelona. Practically few hours drive back with no proper stop to at least have a drink etc. Also information provided from the history side was basic and self evident

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20 August 2019

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Explore Catalunya

Product ID: 55978