Bridge of Besalu

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Bridge of Besalu
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krys_k
London, UK656 contributions
Family
Not just the bridge, but what it leads to: a warren of medieval streets, and two lovely squares where you can catch the sun, have an espresso and worry about nothing in particular. No rushing here. You can spend an afternoon or a few days exploring the long history of each cranny (what’s great is that much of the modern architecture blends in perfectly with the ancient). There’s a lovely river where young kids go paddling. And it’s not much of a journey to many local sites e.g. lake swimming in Banyoles.
Written June 6, 2022
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AndrewF31_KA
Manresa, Spain139 contributions
The bridge is a magnificent work of man and the views of the bridge and from the bridge are amazing. Albeit very different, the ambience reminded me of the Latvian town of Kuldiga which as an old bridge with a long little waterfall on the river. Take a walk into the town and continue to be impressed by the architecture and wavey tight streets. There’s a lot of tourist shops and little ice cream parlours (gelaterias). One shop we enjoyed a lot was the Taller de Cuir (Pont Vell number 12, very close to the bridge) which had a lot of medieval-style articles (writing pens old notebooks, etc) and some nice non-commercial articles. You can get a map from the Tourist Office, outside of the old town across the bridge, for free, which shows you a route you can do in the town and read up on different spots. The walk along the outside of the town overlooking the river and bridge is very pleasant.
Written August 14, 2020
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK513 contributions
If you use the main car park outside the town you will walk over this magnificent Romanesque bridge to enter. It both gives a good view of the town and the surrounding countryside and river. We would have liked to go down to the river and walk along the bank looking up at the bridge but time did not allow, unfortunately.
Written January 21, 2020
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Alex desleven 🇨🇭
Lausanne, Switzerland482 contributions
Couples
Besalu is the most beautiful and picturesque medieval town in Spain. There are a lot of historical buildings representing wonderful catalan medieval architecture. You can see a big characterful 12th century Romanesque bridge ! Go there, it's really a nice town in Spain.
Written January 16, 2019
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada7,388 contributions
I agree with the previous reviewer, the place can get very commercial. For places like this you need to plan your day wisely. I went early, before most shops opened and you also beat the large groups and tours. I suggest you do the same.

The town has a lot to offer in terms of scenery and if you want to take nice photos you really have to be there early.

Another tip. Close to Girona there are a few other small medieval towns like this. Pals, Peratellada, Ullastret...they all deserve a stop.

cheers!
Written September 14, 2019
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Aqua_Uomo
Toronto, Canada7,388 contributions
Besalu was part of my tour through the old medieval towns. What makes this town a little different than the others is this bridge, very old and very well preserved. It gets you to the gates of a very old town with beautiful buildings and cozy plazas. Lots of pictures attached.

Plan your trip here wisely if you want to take pictures. I went there, August 28, early morning to avoid the tours and large crowds. I suggest you do the same.
Enjoy!
Written September 14, 2019
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Malkoppie
South Africa1,584 contributions
This is a definite must-stop if you are passing through the area. The bridge is very impressive, from the top as you walk over it but also from below, although a little smelly below on the day that we visited.

There is plenty of well marked parking before you get to the village for viewing the bridge. There are little shops in the beautiful stone buildings across the bridge. Our stop over only took us 30 minutes extra to do en route to Andorra.
Written October 17, 2019
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Arianne1985
Melrose, UK272 contributions
Family
We spent a couple of hours in Besalú and we enjoyed it, arriving by car. The highlights for us were the beautiful bridge, river, narrow streets around the old town and lunch.

We visited on a Friday in July and it was very quiet - perfect! We were able to wander around and found the old town calm and interesting. There are some churches if that’s your thing.

I would recommend Besalú if you’re in the area - say Girona or the nearer Costa Brava coastal towns and villages.

Parking is free, just before the bridge on the southern approach. Pop into the tourist information office by the car park and pick up a free map with some information about the sights, restaurants and hotels. Then walk across the bridge, take lots of photos and then you’re into the old town. There’s a riverside walk too and, at the other end of the scale, pop up on top of the wall and look at the bridge from there. Never have I spent so much time viewing a bridge! From beneath it, above it and then actually while walking across it - both ways!

A nice day. It didn’t blow me away but was worth the trip. I think the rest of the family were more positive than me so that makes me happy too!

Arianne

PS. Plenty of eating options here for you to choose from.
Written July 12, 2019
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paraskevi41957
Athens, Greece35 contributions
Friends
If you travel Spain, near Perpignian and next to Figueres,dont forget to visit the old town -bridge Besalou.It is a wonderful town surrounding by a castle,near a river,very interesting for walking,with a good market of souvenirs ,and nice,with flowers,beautiful houses and helpful inhabitants.There is also a tour by a small train all around the village-castle.If you like the romantic old towns,you never loose the great opportunity to visit this pitourisque village,which reminds you Provence ofFrance or every town in a castle.
Written September 1, 2014
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Roger Montala
Valls, Spain385 contributions
Couples
Even the bridge has been rebuilt many times during history, it is worthed a visit. It takes you to the city, where you can have a nice walk around, and spend half day there.
Written August 8, 2020
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