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Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona

  • 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)
Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona
From $102.42
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Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona
From $102.42

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.

What to Expect

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.

Reviews (393)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Relaxing day exploring Catalunya

This day tour was one of the highlights of our trip! We loved walking around slower-paced communities outside Barcelona and getting a better feel for the region's history. Our guide Rodrigo was a pro and struck the perfect balance of relating the area's history while...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile
Its ok if you have nothing to do

Taking this tour to begin with was a debate and I should have listened to my instincts. Our guide was Nicoli. He was difficult to understand and didn’t seem to understand how to give quality information vs. quantity of information. The villages were nice but...More

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Reviewed November 12, 2018
Great day trip from Barcelona

This tour is awesome! The villages are absolutely beautiful, had a fabulous lunch in Rupit. Our tour guide (Feliciano) was OUTSTANDING! He was friendly, fun and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this tour!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kim B
Reviewed November 7, 2018
Amazing Experience for a Day Trip

I find this day trip very rewarding and relaxing. Took this tour toward the end of our vacation after many days of walking and exploring Barcelona. The towns we visited are lovely and made us felt like we've been taken back in time. The villages...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lenkun
Reviewed October 25, 2018
Rodrigo was the best guide ever!

This tour is absolutely worth every penny and every minute <3 Wish we got a bit more time in Besalu, but other than that it was great! The villages are charming and historic. The best part was definitely our tour guide Rodrigo. He was knowledgeable,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Tanmayee J
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December 4, 2018|
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Response from calinurse | Reviewed this property |
I don’t recall any roads being scary as in “edge of cliff no-guardail”scary. I would have noticed! . Sone sections however ARE winding country roads, so if prone to motion sickness, do take anti nausea med (eg meclizine... More
Kim D
November 11, 2018|
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Response from Jenny B | Reviewed this property |
We only had two, I believe it is up to 8. But no one else may have booked it that day.
Ray D
November 2, 2018|
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Response from SuzanneS67 | Reviewed this property |
Unfortunately you can't. You must meet at the office of Explore Catalunya, that's where all tours meet their guide and other tour members.