Medieval Villages from Barcelona (1 day)
It will take about 1h45 from Barcelona to the inland of Girona province.
You will have the opportunity to visit some of the most charming villages in the province and discover stunning landscapes, picturesque architecture and fine Mediterranean gastronomy.
Our representative will manage the time for you to stay comfortable and will suggest the best place to have your lunch during the excursion. Since it is a flexible tour driving across different points along the area, please ask the driver/guide locally to modify your route according to your tastes.
Find here some suggestions for you to visit:
Peratallada: Fairytale-like houses carved in stone, chic restaurants, old-fashioned little squares, and stunning medieval remains make Peratallada a gem of a place in Baix Emporada county of Catalonia. Apparently a small, isolated hamlet, Peratallada complements Spain’s list of historic–artistic monuments ever since 1975. Along its narrow streets you’ll find an exquisite selection of boutique hotels, al fresco dining venues, and art galleries, all shrouded in a charming rustic feel. Main attractions include the ancient Plaça de les Voltes, the 13th-century Romanesque church, the town walls, and the lovely buildings and towers that once made up the castle of Peratallada.
Castellfollit de la Roca: Castellfollit de la Roca is a small village. It is the smallest one in the Garrotxa volcanic region and one of the smallest ones in Catalonia. This medieval village perches on a 50-meter high cliff of basaltic rock. It has narrow streets and beautiful views of the valleys of the Fluvià and Toronell Rivers. This unique village boasts the bell tower of Sant Salvador Church and the clock tower of Sant Roc, which marks the pace of this village, set right on the edge of a clifftop.
Pals: Just a few kilometers inland from the hectic beaches of Costa Brava lies Pals – a quaint, picturesque hilltop town dominated by an imposing 11th-century Romanesque tower known as Torre de les Hores. Its main attraction is the beautifully restored Gothic Quarter, replete with ancient stone houses, delightful little squares, and fabulous views of the surrounding Empordà countryside. Here, lining the quaint cobbled alleys are interesting art & craft shops, as well as many enticing restaurants serving delicious Catalan fare. Walking along Pals’ quaint cobbled alleys, under stone arches and balconies straight out of medieval times, you’ll find yourself lost in a time warp.
Besalú: well known for its grandiose heritage and its excellent preservation. Its monuments express the influence of hundreds of different cultures that have been settled in the village throughout the years. In 1966 the village was declared a Monumental center giving protection to its historical buildings and preserving its beauty. Ancient, romantic, and crisscrossed by medieval winding lanes, Besalu has everything it takes to be the picture-perfect Catalan getaway: spectacular Romanesque architecture, beautiful old churches, quaint plazas, appealing outdoor cafes, and tons of culture. Don’t miss the famed 12th-century bridge, the picturesque Plaça de la Libertat, the Mikveh – Spain’s only Jewish baths, or the Sant Pere Church, a Roman monastery settled here more than a millennium ago.
Rupit i Pruit: Perched on a small rocky hill, 882 m above the sea level, Rupit is one of the prettiest Catalan villages. With its postcard-perfect setting, traffic-free limestone streets, and rustic houses that date back to the 16th and 17th centuries, this tucked away gem is a reward for anyone in search of Catalan splendors. Stroll along the medieval streets, try some local cheeses and sausages in one of the idiosyncratic shops dotted along the way, explore the impressive remains of Rupic Castle and the many beautiful churches in the area, and certainly go to discover the outstanding natural surroundings filled with unusual rock formations, rivers, waterfalls, wildflowers, and majestic eagles vanishing into the boundless blue.
After the excursion, our driver will take you back to Barcelona.
Tour Duration: 8 hours (indicative only and adaptable)
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