Miqve

Miqve, Besalu

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AmDo
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Family
This is a pretty small town with middle ages streets, bridge, tower, houses and church. The most fascinating spot however is the Jewish purification ceremonial bath (mikvah). In contrast to the synagogue on top of it, the bath, which was built below is very well preserved. This place gives a dramatic feel of that time (see photo attached). Highly recommended. The dour to the mikvah is locked, so to get in, one must set up a tour with a guide (in advance) at the tourist information office, which is situated at the other side of the bridge.
Written October 22, 2016
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jb5753
Aix-en-Provence, France264 contributions
Couples
so don't bother trying to go on your own! Although I had gone into the tourist office for a map and information, noone bothered to tell me about the limitations on visiting the miqve, so I am afraid i missed it. Apparently it is very good...
Written June 9, 2013
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sherif
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Couples
You can almost smell the history pouring out of the magnificently constructed walls of Besalu. The postcard scenery blew us away. When we arrived, I saw the bridges reflection into the river and the surrounding lush green forest adding to Besalu's medieval presence. Our tour guide, Miquel, showed us some amazing sights around the town, and also introduced to a traditional drink named Ratafia (of course, we bought a bottle!). Inside the town are many surreal artistic twists adding to this unique experience. Miquel told us lots of interesting facts about the area, many of which would spoil the trip if I was to tell you!

If you happen to be in the Girona area, or Barcelona for that matter, do visit this area. It will not disappoint and looks much prettier in person, believe it or not. Try not to spend all your time looking at Besalu through your lense and try to capture its aura in your mind...and make sure you taste the locally brewed Ratafia!

We booked with Miquel through Girona Trips (www.gironatrips.com); a friendly local guide who knows his history and is very enthusiastic and passionate about the area. Definitely to be recommended.
Written July 9, 2012
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SharonfromPotomac
Potomac, MD204 contributions
Couples
We were interested in seeing the Jewish quarter, the synagogue and ofcourse, the mikve. We read that the tourist office had the key, I contacted the toursit office and they had one tour at 11 on one day and none at the the time or day that we would be there. We didn't want to pay $$$ for a private tour. We ended up walking around on our own, we saw the outside of the synagogue and the outside door or the mikve. We read the signs and our Rick steves tour book about the area.
Written July 1, 2019
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markinRB
Torrance, CA93 contributions
Couples
You have to make arrangements to get in to the mikveh - it is behind locked doors. Once you get in, it is a stone room with wonderful acoustics, and the parts of the mikveh are in excellent shape and clearly defined. We saw it on a private tour with Barcelona Dreaming - I don't think we could have managed it without them.
Written May 3, 2018
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Jordan S
Ellicott City, MD91 contributions
Family
This was such a unique opportunity being able to see this centuries old artifact. There are so few of these still in existence. Despite how old it is, it was only found in the last 50 years so its in very good condition. You have to obtain a key from the tourist office, but its a simple procedure and well worth the effort.
Written July 5, 2017
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Solange B
Los Angeles, California, United States32 contributions
Friends
Very interesting, but make sure you go to the tourist office first as you can't see it without someone to let you in. Very interesting story behind the baths!
Written September 30, 2013
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Yeji
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I didnt know anything about Girona before Ive been there. Of course I didnt expect at all. Now Girona is one of my favourite city of my Eurotrio. Especially, this area Besalu was amazing.
Beautiful bridge reminded me of the karl bridge in Prague. But Its quieter and smaller. I heard Its appeared in a scene of the movie 'perfume'. It makes me impressed as I love that movie.
following small streets was interesting. lovely souvenir shops, icecream and coffee shop, melody machine plays old pop. I could see the houses with the dusty windows too. Seeing the real house local people live is always gives me a special feeling. The old atmosphere around the whole town attracted me so much.

our guide miquel, who is really love his home town and has a heart take care of trevellers, helped us a lot during our trip. I will never forget that.
you can check this site :
www.gironatrip.com
Written July 31, 2012
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Linda
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Besalu is a very old town(900's) with a bridge into the city with fortresses and gates used to close it. The mikveh was found intact and dates back to the 1100's. The town is very quaint to walk through. The mikveh can only be seen with a tour. The woman from the tourist office was giving a tour in Spanish and was lovely and said that we could stay after and she would explain it to us in English. Worth a visit if you can work the tour time into other plans in the area.
Written September 18, 2019
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JoseEduardoBtesh
Delray Beach, FL406 contributions
Friends
Besalu offers a great perspective of an old Jewish quarter including a miqve and the remaining ruins of a synagogue. The town itself is worth at least a couple of hours stroll.
Written December 27, 2015
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