Visit Besalú and stay in the best cottages
If you are looking for authentic cottages, Besalú is the perfect place, in a unique setting. The town of Besalú, which belongs to the Garrotxa, is located 15 minutes from Banyoles and 20 minutes from Olot. The medieval town of Besalú is internationally known for its famous 11th century Romanesque stone bridge. Besalú's active tourism 365 days a year makes each of Besalú's rural houses and tourist accommodation in the area even more unique. The views of the village from the bridge make Besalú a spectacular place, a must if you stay in one of our holiday country houses in La Garrotxa.Besalú is a town of 2,500 inhabitants where you can enjoy a wide variety of medieval architecture: the Medieval Bridge of Besalú, the Jewish ritual baths, the Jewish quarter, the Monastery of Sant Pere, the passage of the Fluvià River in Besalú...
It is said that the origin of the town of Besalú is its castle. Today there are only a few remains located on top of a small hill near where we now find the Church of Santa Maria.
Besalú, medieval town
The urban layout of the town is clearly medieval. Miró I el Jove was the first earl of Besalú, but the town did not begin to acquire power until the death of Grifé el Pelós, in 902, when it became a “department” of Barcelona when Bernat III died childless.
Just over 60 years ago, in 1966, Besalú was declared a National Historic- Artistic Site for its historical and architectural value. As a result, since the 1970s Besalú has been thriving, thanks in part to the thousands of tourists who stroll through its narrow streets every month of the year.
What can you do in Besalú through its rural houses?
Cross the Medieval Bridge of Besalú
Surely, anyone who thinks of Besalú will think about its well-known Medieval Bridge. With 150 meters of fortified bridge, the emblem of Besalú was built in the 12th century and had a defense function. However, it is not entirely original, since in 1315 the water carried away the old bridge. Thus, James II, the king of that time, decided to build what we see today. Although its structure has suffered several damages, the last episode was during the Civil War, today the medieval bridge is in perfect condition.
Stroll through the old townWhat we find when we leave the Medieval Bridge behind is the Jewish quarter. During the 9th century, twenty Jewish families settled in the town of Besalú, and began to work as merchants and doctors. In this way, thanks to the high salary compared to the rest of the population, they had certain privileges due to the high taxes they paid to the feudal lords. Finally, in the 15th century they were expelled just like the Muslims by the Catholic Kings.
The main square of Besalú is Plaça de la Llibertat. This is the liveliest place in town. The Town Hall, coffe, bars and restaurants and local shops are some of the establishments to be found in the main square.