We are glad we went on this day trip. The old villages are beautiful and a great way to learn about the history of the region. Besides the guided portions, for two of the villages, we were also given ample free time to explore on...More
Discover history hidden in medieval, countryside villages surrounding Barcelona during this full-day, small-group tour with guide and transportation included. Visit an ancient Jewish bath and medieval synagogue in Besalu, see castle ruins and the baroque church of Sant Miquel in Rupit, and savor Catalan cuisine over lunch (own expense). End the day 2,953 feet (900 meters) above sea level taking in the view from the sandstone cliffs in Cingles de Tavertet.
Meet your guide in the morning and board an air-conditioned minivan 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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We had Xavier as our driver & guide, he was both informative and able to answer a lot of questions about spain and the region. We enjoyed all 3 towns, however the hero was Rapit 10th century village was beautiful, make the effort to walk...More
Wow! This was seriously like stepping into a fairytale. My guide, Lorea, was wonderful -- super nice and informative. This was, without a doubt, one of the highlights of my trip to Barcelona, and it was particularly nice to get away from the city for...More
Xavier was an excellent guide and driver. He was able to distill long and complex history into brief explanations that provided understanding, often delivered with good humour. Some amazing scenery along the way, and nice to get out of the hustle and bustle of Barcelona.
Four of our family took the "Three Medieval Villages" tour with Lorea as our guide. What a highlight this was---one of the best days of our trip to Spain.! Some of my family traveled last winter with ExploreCatalunya and were very pleased with their tour...More