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Leave Barcelona and travel back to ancient times on this small-group tour of Catalonia’s medieval villages. Visit the beautifully preserved villages of Besalú and Tavertet and learn interesting facts about these historical locations from your guide. Have free time in Rupit village to see the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel and have a traditional Catalan lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. Take in views of the remains of the Castle of Rupit, Castellfollit de la Roca and the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. This small-group tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
Guided, small-group day trip to scenic medieval villages in Catalonia
Explore ancient buildings and views in Besalu, Rupit, and Cingles de Tavertet
Free time in Rupit and traditional Catalonian lunch (own expense)
Visit Castellfollit de la Roca village built on a basalt cliff’s edge
What to Expect
Meet your guide in the morning and board an air-conditioned vehicle for a full-day tour of the medieval villages surrounding Barcelona.
After driving through the countryside, arrive in the village of Besalu to explore its history and architecture on foot. See the 12th-century Jewish bath and visit the medieval synagogue. Carry on to Castellfollit de la Roca to see a tiny town inhabited by 1,000 people and perched on the edge of a basalt cliff.
Next, stop in Rupit to wander along stone streets and snap photos of 16th-century homes and baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel, and cross a hanging wooden bridge before a local lunch (your expense). Stand on the sandstone cliffs at Cingles de Tavertet overlooking the Ter River Valley, and visit the town’s 16th- and 17th-century preserved homes and 12th-century Church of Sant Cristòfol before returning to the departure point in Barcelona.
Explore Catalunya, C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Returns to original departure point
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This tour operates only in English
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Tavertet not so much. It did not seem old, just second homes for people with money. No great square or anything like that. Besalu was awesome. The bridge and walls are so picturesque one of my friends said they saw a photo on their computer...More
positive: Great tour -- be sure to go!
negative: what should have been an outstanding tour was negatively impacted by the tour operator jamming 19 people onto a bus, which had a technical capacity of 19, but was truly miserable for those stuck in the...More
Date of experience: September 2019
ExploreCatalunya, Owner at Explore Catalunya, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for bringing this to our attention. September is actually our high season, but even so we didn't intentionally cram the bus full knowing that some people would find the back row so uncomfortable.
The bus is built for 19 passengers, and we...More
I read some of the negative reviews - it seems I lucked out with the guide.
Our operator was Viator. They provided a driver AND a local guide.
Tony was driving nicely and I did not get car sick. He also made sure we came...More
Date of experience: September 2019
ExploreCatalunya, Front Office Manager at Explore Catalunya, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago
Thank you very much for such a detailed review.
Regarding the guides, we try hard to have the best guides for our tours who really have a passion about our culture and history. It is great to hear that Marta was doing such a...More
We really enjoyed each little village we visited. So much history that can be seen on each wall and street. We visited on a Tuesday so it was great as there wasn't a lot of people compared to the weekends when it gets really crowded....More
Response from Meander750166 | Reviewed this property |
You visit the three villages and each time you walk with the guide as they talk. There is time to snap pictures as you walk, but not to set up the tripod. The second village is where you have free time and have lunch. You... More
You visit the three villages and each time you walk with the guide as they talk. There is time to snap pictures as you walk, but not to set up the tripod. The second village is where you have free time and have lunch. You would be able to leave your tripod on the bus,and during the free time, retrieve it from the bus.
I took many pictures as I walked along, but definitely had no time to set up a tripod during the walks.
I took pictures for my art, but I seemed to be the only one snapping many pictures.
There definitely are unbelieveable shots to get, but I think I would plan on just the camera and lenses. To keep up with the group is the critical thing.
Store the tripod in the bus, and there are times when you can go back to get it while waiting for other members of the group to gather.
Our guide was the best one we have had anywhere, so hopefully you will be lucky and have him too. He went out of his way to accommodate everyone on the trip. It was a smaller group, so everyone helped the others.
Have a super time. And happy picture taking.
The last village was my favorite, and had a fox hound dog which owned the village. Lots of good photos just with him. Hope you meet him too.
Have a lens ready for inside the bus. The scenery is great and the moon is still in the sky during the daylight. Great photos. Sunset at the end of the trip from the bus windows.