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Medieval Three Villages SMALL GROUP Day Trip from Barcelona

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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.
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Departure Point
Explore Catalunya, C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
Departure Time
8:30 AM
10h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • 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
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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All reviews villages tour beautiful countryside nice towns home region local catalan away from the hustle and bustle explore catalunya tour members great pictures tour operator great guide great trip interesting facts costa brava rodrigo fonda estrella
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank tclark3319
Reviewed 3 days ago

It was nice to get out of the city and take in some fresh air. We even witnessed eagles flying over head. We were first introduced to the town and then able to wonder around on our own.Nice day

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank mssurfcity
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Thank Weidspeed
ExploreCatalunya, Owner at Explore Catalunya, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, 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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Thank Moni-SD1
ExploreCatalunya, Front Office Manager at Explore Catalunya, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, 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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jose C
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1 July 2019|
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Response from Meander750166 | Reviewed this property |
I think I answered in the incorrect place. I answered in the “ Reviewed this Property. “. Hope you find the reply.
29 April 2019|
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Response from 1234ChiquiF | Reviewed this property |
Go to Google maps and select option how to go. Your 2 locations are Barcelona and Besalú. 131km You'll see the AP-7 route, 1h37minutes and the C-17, 1h47m.
9 March 2019|
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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
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