Medieval Three Villages SMALL GROUP Day Trip from Barcelona

Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Destination: Spain, CT, Barcelona
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
  • Barcelona
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Small-group tour by minibus

Discover the beauty of Catalonia ’s medieval villages on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Meet your guide in central Barcelona and relax in a comfortable minivan as you take in views of the green countryside on the 1.5-hour drive to Besalú.

When you arrive, enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. See 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.

Continue by minivan toward the village of Rupit. On the way, pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with 1,000 habitants in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters), located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy two hours of free time to visit this beautiful village at your own 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 (own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit on a rocky peak.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs, located by the Ter river valley. Pass by a megalithic tomb -- a field of funerary urns -- and the Iberian Wall until you reach the village of Tavertet. With your guide, visit this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn interesting facts about this village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break to grab a coffee at a local café (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.

Inclusions
  • Local guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • 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
Departure Point

C/ Palau de la Música, 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain


Departure Time

8:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

10 hours 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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mackinchristine

Great tour with a wonderful tour guide, Alex! Very informative and also relaxing day seeing the countryside.

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Parikshit P

Picture Perfect Villages , True taste of rural catalonia , avoid the lunch if possible and explore the villages instead.

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HOI YAN L

Very glad to have a professional tour guide Jordi who is very experience and informative. And considering for the situation of the team member. Very good driving skill even on a many sharp bend mountain. Driving us comfortable and smoothly during the whole trip. The Medieval villages are lovely and total different feeling than just visiting in the town. And very helpful while talking with the hotline for the details before the trip. For sure will consider to travel with La Vacanza Travel in my future trips.

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Jackie C

A great excursion and happy that we took it. Visited so many places or interest with a good guide. We were interrupted by cycling event in the area but the guide made very good re arrangement and all went well.

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David M

Full day of touring medieval Spanish villages. Besalu is a restful little village where I could have easily spent the entire day. Tavertet is very small, but has a number of restaurants and shops. The third village, Rupit, is extremely small and isolated but has an especially beautiful overlook. The day we visited the surrounding area was shrouded in clouds. Even then it was a beautiful view. There was a third village, The guide, Gloria, provided a lively commentary an was able to set a comfortable pace for everyone in our small group. Mickey, the driver, did an excellent job in maneuvering along some mountain roads. It is difficult to pace a tour so that people can experience an area without becoming bored. I felt that Gloria did an excellent job in doing just that. People do need to consider their physical condition when touring medieval sites,however, as there are always stairs, slopes (up and down), and pathways that can quickly become slippery when wet.

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Besalu

Entrance to town

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Besalú

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Rupit

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Tavertet

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Besalu

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Rupit

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Rupit bridge.

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Rupit

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En el pórtico del castillo principal al ingreso de Besalu

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Rupit, a peaceful image out of time.

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Rupit boasts spectacular scenery and architecture.

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The streets of Rupit.

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The cliffs near Tavertet.

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