Small-Group Medieval Villages Day Trip from Barcelona Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain 10 hours 30 minutes Electronic Voucher

Leave Barcelona and travel back to ancient times on this small-group tour of Catalonia’s medieval villages. Visit the beautifully preserved villages of Besalú and Tavertet and learn interesting facts about these historical locations from your guide. Have free time in Rupit village to see the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel and have a traditional Catalan lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant. Take in views of the remains of the Castle of Rupit, Castellfollit de la Roca and the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs. This small-group tour ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.

Activity Description Additional Info User Reviews


- Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
- Small-group tour by minibus

What will you find?

Discover the beauty of Catalonia ’s medieval villages on this small-group day trip from Barcelona. Meet your guide in central Barcelona and relax in a comfortable minivan as you take in views of the green countryside on the 1.5-hour drive to Besalú.

When you arrive, enjoy a guided walking tour of this beautifully preserved village from the Middle Ages. See the town's arcaded streets, visit a restored mikveh (an old Jewish bath from the 12th century), and see the remains of a medieval synagogue.

Continue by minivan toward the village of Rupit. On the way, pass by Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the smallest towns in Catalonia with 1,000 habitants in just 3,280 square feet (1,000 square meters), located on the edge of a basalt precipice. When you arrive in Rupit, enjoy two hours of free time to visit this beautiful village at your own leisure. Wander along the cobblestone streets lined with 16th-century country houses, stop by the hanging wooden bridge, and visit the Baroque-era Church of Sant Miquel. Have lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) and see the remains of the Castle of Rupit on a rocky peak.

Next, enjoy a scenic drive to the top of the Cingles de Tavertet sandstone cliffs, located by the Ter river valley. Pass by a megalithic tomb -- a field of funerary urns -- and the Iberian Wall until you reach the village of Tavertet. With your guide, visit this charming village, declared a National Property of Cultural Interest due to its 48 preserved houses from the 17th and 18th centuries. Learn interesting facts about this village as you admire the houses and the 11th-century Romanesque Church of Sant Cristòfol. Enjoy a short break to grab a coffee at a local café (own expense) or walk to the viewpoint to admire stunning views over the Panta de Sau lake.

Then, relax on the drive back to Barcelona and take in views of El Magatalls, a beautiful lush forest, and El Montseny, a UNESCO Man and Biosphere-listed natural park.

Additional Info

- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- A moderate amount of walking is involved

Voucher Info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

What's included

- Local guide
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What's excluded

- Gratuities (optional)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Time


Departure Point

Central Barcelona, near Via Laietana


10 hours 30 minutes

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 7pm


June 1 to October 31 Daily November 1 to February 28 Tuesdays, Thursday, Saturday March 1 to October 31 Daily

Reviews & Ratings

  1. Great trip -- the guide, Feliciano, was really nice and knowledgeable. He took us to some very nice spots and also offered a lot of commentary about life in Barcelona more generally.
  2. This tour was fantastic! Our tour guide Ana was a bundle of energy. She made sure we had plenty of time in each of the villages and stopped many times on the road for us to get pictures of the view up the mountain. It was a wonderful way to spend the day and a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  3. Excellent tour. Away from the crowds. Not rushed. We all had a great day.
  4. Anna, our guide was an absolute joy. We had a small, mini van group of 5 and it was a very personal experience. We went to three villages and a delightful mountain top cliff view amongst cows. We had plenty of free time to explore each village with a special Lunch (at our own expense). This trip was amazing and a delightful way to explore countryside Spain. My only complaint is that These trips are rather expensive when you have to buy your own lunch in places with very limited choice thereby hiked prices. Despite this, do not miss this tour of fully functioning 1000 year old medieval villages.
  5. This tour was awesome! Our tour guide, Ama, was friendly and knowledgable. First stop was Besalu where we had time to walk around on our own as well as with the tour. We bought some delicious croissants and pastries while there. Second was Rupit where we had lunch. We were there on Christmas eve day so we were the only ones walking the town which was erie, but fun. Rupit is beautiful. We had an excellent lunch there as a group since only one restaurant was open due to the holiday. Ama took us off the path to an area with an incredible view where we walked around and took pictures. A third village led us to the Grand Canyon views of Spain. Simply breathtaking. A great day trip not to be missed, especially if you like old stuff.
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FROM: £ 74.64
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Tour code: 3142BCNMEDIEVAL

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