Bridge of Besalu
Bridge of Besalu
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Ancient bridge (11th century) with towers..
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  • Tina257
    New York City, New York467 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I love seeing history for myself
    We took some day trips from Barcelona and Besalu was one of them. (along with Girona and Castellfollit de la Roca) I love seeing the history and this bridge has been around since the 11th century. Really impressive. All these medieval towns are quite interesting but you'll also find really wonderful, warm people there. If you don't have a guide make sure you do some research so you fully appreciate everything you see. Then just go, take in the sights and give yourself time to sit in a cafe and just relax and enjoy! (and take some photos!)
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Maurizio_Nannetti
    Burradoo, Australia81 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best "pueblo" in Catalunya!
    Besalù is one of the very best "pueblos" in Spain and probably the top one in Catalunya. It's a half day trip from Girona and definitely worth the effort Very charming and so well kept. An absolute delight!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 26, 2023
  • marriott946
    London, United Kingdom820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Medieval Simplicity
    Medieval historic town. Obviously they are used to visitors as the car park is massive. Great picture opportunities from the bridge as you approach the little town itself. The architecture is wonderful it's a shame it is ruined by bars, restaurants and tacky shops. The church is well worth a visit. We had a bright sunny hot day which made it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 8, 2023
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Allan C
Ipswich, UK544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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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marriott946
London, UK820 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Medieval historic town. Obviously they are used to visitors as the car park is massive.

Great picture opportunities from the bridge as you approach the little town itself.

The architecture is wonderful it's a shame it is ruined by bars, restaurants and tacky shops.

The church is well worth a visit.

We had a bright sunny hot day which made it.
Written October 8, 2023
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Maurizio_Nannetti
Burradoo, Australia81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Besalù is one of the very best "pueblos" in Spain and probably the top one in Catalunya. It's a half day trip from Girona and definitely worth the effort Very charming and so well kept. An absolute delight!
Written September 26, 2023
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Alex desleven 🇨🇭
Lausanne, Switzerland496 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • 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, Canada8,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
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, Canada8,048 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
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 Africa1,608 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
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, UK264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • 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
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • 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, Spain390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • 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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