Medieval Villages of Besalu, Rupit and Tavertet Day Trip Small Group from Barcelona
Grab your camera to capture beautifully preserved medieval streets and houses, plus breathtaking views of the countryside Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs, and more when you book this scenic tour from Barcelona. Your tour provides a personalized experience as you enjoy scenic drives to the medieval villages of Besalu and Tavertet as well as Rupit. Follow your tour guide to see historic sites like the 11th century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristofol, catch panoramic views from the sandstone cliffs of Cingles de Tavertet, admire the architectural excellence of the Church of Sant Miquel, and dine on a delicious local lunch and enjoy having coffee at a local cafe at your own expense and more on this full-day tour. With free time to explore Rupit's cobblestoned streets and enjoy breathtaking views, this scenic tour is perfect for cultural connoisseurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike!
Start your tour by meeting up with your guide in Barcelona's downtown district, where you'll board a comfortable minivan and take a scenic 1.5-hour drive to Besalu. Once you arrive, follow your expert guide on a walking tour to marvel at the arcaded streets of this medieval town. Your stop at this well-preserved village also takes you to visit the ruins of a medieval synagogue and 12th-century Jewish bathhouses known as mikvehs.
Next, hop back in the minivan for a scenic drive that takes you to Rupit, past one of Catalona's smallest towns known as Castellfollit de la Roca that's located on the edge of the basalt cliffs. Upon arrival at this picturesque village, you'll notice its architectural excellence with country style homes built in the 16th century that line its cobblestoned streets. Enjoy spending two hours wandering about town to admire Rupit's iconic hanging wooden bridge and the pointed arches and Baroque style architecture of the Church of Sant Miquel. You'll even get time to enjoy a delicious lunch on your own at a local restaurant before heading to a rocky peak to behold the ruins of the 10th century Castle of Rupit.
Continue your tour with another scenic drive that takes you past a field of funerary urns, the Iberian Wall, and towards the top of the sandstone cliffs of the Cingles de Tavertet to catch stunning views of the Ter River Valley as you approach the medieval village of Tavertet. Upon arrival in this village from the Middle Ages, your guide will share its interesting history and facts like how the charming village is home to 48 homes built in the 17th and 18th centuries as it sits about 2,851 feet above sea level. Take in the architectural grandeur of the 11th century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristofol, walking to the Panta de Sau Lake's viewpoint for majestic water views or stopping at a local cafe to indulge in a cup of coffee on your own. Wrap up your tour with a scenic view of the UNESCO Man natural park of El Montseny and the lush forest of El Magatalls before heading back to your port in Barcelona.
Whether you want to explore the relics among medieval villages or are looking to catch spectacular valley views, this scenic tour offers the best of both worlds. Reserve your spot on this epic small group tour today and get ready to step into the past as you explore the medieval towns and surroundings near Barcelona.