Girona & Besalú
a lovely day visiting two of the best preserved Medieval towns in Catalunya.
The landscape will help you understand the history of our region; we’ll find factories first, then the mountains of the Montseny and in Besalú and Girona we’ll see that the Pyrenees are not too far away.
Girona is a lovely little town further inland from Catalunya. It takes about an hour to get there from Barcelona; we will drive through the main highway to France. This highway like many others in Europe still follows the path of the old Via Augusta that the Roman built more than 2000 years ago.
In Girona, we recommend that you visit the Cathedral, and of course, the Museum of Jewish History, to get a more profound knowledge of Judaism in medieval Catalunya. If you prefer, we can just have a nice walk around the old city with its medieval buildings and streets, enjoying the views from the top of the stairs of the Cathedral or going through some of the narrowest streets so typical from the old cities. Lunch in Girona is our top recommendation; there are many mouthwatering options, especially if you want to try traditional Catalan cuisine.
Besalú is only half an hour away from Girona, and it is a hidden gem of the countryside. Often when you think about Europe and its small towns, you imagine them all built in stone, with old churches and homes, maybe an ancient stone bridge… well, Besalú has all that. As well as probably the best-preserved remains of a “mikve” (a communal bath) from the Medieval times. If you travel with kids they’ll love it too; both places are pedestrians mostly, the kids can pretend they are knights and learn and the same time from ancient history.