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  • Address: N-260, Besalú, Spain
  • Admission: Free

This picturesque mountain town of Besalú is well known for its ancient Catholic monestaries and iconic Romanesque architecture, in particular a photogenic 12th century bridge that has become the symbol of the town. In the Middle Ages, it was a regional capital, overseeing this scenic section of Catalán.

Subsequent centuries only added to its cultural mystique, from a symphony of Moorish arches reflected in the Fluvia and Capadella Rivers, to the Jewish ritual baths and ancient synagogue, hewn from the same gleaming stone.

Besalú also makes a fine base for exploring the region's hiking and climbing opportunities, including la Zona Volcánica de la Garrocha, with more than 40 dormant volcanic cones surrounded by protected forests. 

Practical Info

Besalú isn't yet connected to the Spanish train system, but Teisa runs direct buses from Girona, and much less frequently, Barcelona. You could also take the train from Barcelona to Girona; Besalú buses leave from just outside. Barcelona's busy El Prat Airport (BCN) has direct flights from all over Europe.

While the historic center of Besalú is certain small enough to stroll around, if you're planning to visit the region's wilderness areas, such as Parque Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrocha, it may be worth hiring a car or planning to book a taxi. 

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45-Minute Scenic Train Tour of Besalu Village, Girona, null

45-Minute Scenic Train Tour of Besalu Village

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Take a 45-minute ride on the only tourist train in Besalú. Discover the ancient streets of this medieval village from the comfort of an areo train car. ...  Read more

Location: Besalú, Spain
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $7.12
Private Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour, Girona, Rail Tours

Private Girona and Besalu Jewish History Tour

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Immerse yourself in Jewish history during this 7-hour private tour of Girona and Besalu. Both are traditional Spanish Jewish communities that have a long ...  Read more

Location: Girona, Spain
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $355.94

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