Castellfollit de la Roca
Castellfollit de la Roca
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Anna
159 contributions
Nov 2021
Very nice area and view from the valley looking up is good. Walked over the bridge upto the top of the cliff and the actual village. is pretty but only takes a short time to look around it. Views are nice from the top and there is a bar / cafe if you want a drink or food. I then walked down through the newer part of the village / town down past the hostal back to my car.
Written November 11, 2021
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Arianne1985
Melrose, UK273 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Here’s how it works - Castellfollit de la Roca is beautiful, when viewed from below on the approach. And that’s where everyone takes there photos. Fair enough but, once parked in the village and walking along the street to the church it’s not quite as amazing. Sorry people, it was okay and worth popping out to see while visiting Besalú. But I would not make it a destination on its own and it’s difficult to see how one would spend more than an hour or two here, maximum.

I had expected something different. An old, quaint Catalan village on this rocky, volcanic outcrop. The photos certainly heighten our anticipation. On approach from Besalú / Girona it certainly looks interesting perched atop of its cliffs as you drive below.

But then the road heads up into the town and you park up. This bit is nothing notable but one walks along and into the old town area. Some of the houses are pretty, the two streets along the outcrop are narrow. But some houses are quite run down, one was gutted and had not been rebuilt in the middle of a terrace. The central car park and bins are not exactly great either.

Press on and there’s a little snack bar with some decent outdoor seating. We took some cold drinks there and, if you go inside, they have a few tables on a balcony perched on the cliff top - from this vantage point you have a good view of the houses built right to the cliff edge, the valley below and the hills beyond. One of the better vistas. The young waitress was friendly and prices low.

Walk to the end, past the church and there is a decent view of the valley beyond. I think there are some walkways at the base of the cliffs from what we could see from above. We didn’t try them and these may offer a sense of perspective positioned, as they are, at the foot of the imposing basalt volcanic outcrop.

This could be so much better but would need some money spent on it and a bit of imagination. The landscape and positioning of the old town is pretty unique and it has history. But it was virtually devoid of any visitors when we were there (July, a Friday afternoon) and it just felt a bit forlorn. All credit to the people who owned the bar with the balcony view.

We headed back to our car. As an add-on to our main visit to Besalú it was worthwhile. As a destination in its own right, I am less convinced. So three stars from five - okay, worth a look but not exceptional - unless you want to choose the perfect camera angle and snap another fabulous photograph which, in the abstract, looks amazing.

Arianne
Written July 12, 2019
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Catas C
Province of Barcelona, Spain137 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Breathtaking views of a little village sitting on top of a cliff. Worth wile the visit. You can go to the river and see the breathtaking view of the cliff and also visit the village from the top. I recommend you to stop by the Restaurante CAL GANCHO, and take a coffee on its small terrace, you have the best view of the cliff from there. Don't expect great service, but the view is worth it.
Written September 10, 2017
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Elisa W
Philadelphia, PA13 contributions
Sep 2019
I really liked the pictures of this town, and the picturesque views that other people have shown. However, I would recommend to drive through, or go on a brief tour, and not bother to stick around.

I stayed overnight, and very little was open (including restaurants). There were people there, but I guess that they just did not find it "worth it" to open due to it no longer being the height of vacation season (September rather than June/July/August).

I wound up having drinks and dinner at a relaxed place called "Bar El Pub", which was actually better than I expected, but it wasn't my plan. I walked around a bit, but I felt like Besalu was a more medieval-feeling town (even if it was more touristy).
I walked around some, but there just didn't seem like there was much to see other than the major viewpoint of the town.

In the morning, luckily, I found a coffee shop (where it seems most of the locals hang out), I then drove to take a few pictures and move on. Pretty much disappointed with my visit there.
Written September 22, 2019
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Bob P
Toronto550 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Castellfollit de la Roca is a town located in the province of Girona, Catalonia, Spain. We visited this town on our way from Rupit to Barcelona as it is quite a phenomena. The town area is bordered by the of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers. Studies have revealed that several thousands of years ago, lava flowed from volcanic eruptions, and the erosive action of the two rivers formed the basalt crag where the village lies today. The crag is over 50 m high and almost a kilometer long. The city is perched on the edge of the cliff....quite incredible when you see it and think about it. It was formed by the overlaying of two lava flows. The houses in the old part of the village are predominately made from volcanic rocks. The oldest part of the village has narrow streets and squares, and can be traced back to the Middle Ages. There are approximately 1000 residents of the town, and yet they offer two museums - one; the Sausage Museum and the other is the Museum of Vietnam. It is worth driving to this town to experience the spectacular view and landscapes and marvel at together what both nature and man achieved together. Lovely! From here we are on our way to the medeival town of Besalu where we stayed over one night, that town is only 16 km away!!
Written August 15, 2015
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Miss Zee
Barcelona, Spain7 contributions
Aug 2020 • Friends
Interesting midevil place but only worth it for a day trip so if you passing by Vic or to Besalu (not worth staying for the night)
Written October 7, 2020
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meetisv
New Delhi, India175 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Only 15 mon by his from besalu, this small village is worthwhile extension of day trip. Hest picture that you will get is before you enter the village. Don't get there in afternoon as the church and museum are closed. Be there before 1 or after 5 pm. Nice pictures from mirador. Try the local beer!
Written September 9, 2019
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Andrea M
Toplita, Romania51 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
A very nice village on rocks. It is amazing how was built. Streets just lovely and old. That famous bridge not so amazing as it looks in some pictures. But definitely worth visiting
Written April 7, 2019
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Areti G
Madrid, Spain20 contributions
May 2016
Castellfollit de la Roca is one of the most picturesque villages in Catalonia!!It is alongside the Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature reserve,a protected area with stunning landscapes!!
Written February 16, 2017
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Anya
Hertfordshire, UK90 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
This place is so worth visiting, especially on a sunny day. In my case we took a bus from Barcelona which got us to the town within 2 hours. There were literally no people on the streets, even no other tourists. So we enjoyed the fantastic views in silence and hiked a little around the cliff.
Written November 17, 2016
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