Visit Besalú and stay in the best cottages

If you are looking for an authentic cottages, Besalú is the perfect place, in a unique environment. The town of Besalú, which belongs to 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 town from the bridge make Besalú a spectacular place that is essential if you stay in some of our holidays 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...


Besalú, medieval town

It is said that the origin of the town of Besalú was the work of the castle of Besalú. Today there are only a few remains located on top of a small hill near where we now find the Church of Santa Maria.

The urban reading of the city is clearly medieval. Miró I el Jove was the first count of Besalú, but the city did not begin to acquire power until the death of Grifé el Pelós, in 902, when it became the city of Barcelona when Bernat III died childless .

Just over 60 years ago, in 1966, Besalú was declared a National Artistic and Historical Site for its historical and architectural value. In this way, since the 1970s Besalú has been moving forward, in part, thanks to the thousands of tourists who walk through its alleys every month of the year.


What can you do in Besalú through its rural houses?

Cross the Medieval Bridge of Besalú

Surely, everyone who thinks of Besalú will think of the well-known Medieval Bridge of Besalú. With 150 meters of fortified bridge, the emblem of Besalú was built in the 12th century and had a defense function. However, this one is not entirely original, since in 1315 the water washed away the old bridge. In this way, James II, the king of the 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 town

What 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 whole 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 where the liveliest place in the whole town is concentrated. The Town Hall, cafes, bars and restaurants and local shops are some of the establishments found in the main square.


Visit the Mikvé bath

The Mikvé is the ancient ritual bath from the end of the 12th century, which served to purify people during the rituals of Judaism. It was collapsed until 1964, when an excavator discovered it while building a well. Currently, the best way to visit it is through the guided tours organized by the Besalú tourist office.


Visit the Benedictine Monastery of Sant Pere

Leaving Plaça de la Llibertat along Carrer del Canó, we arrive at Plaça de Sant Pere and the Church of Sant Pere. This square is the widest in the whole town, and has different restaurants and bars.


Stroll along the river Fluvià

The river that passes under the Besalú bridge is the Fluvià river, which rises on the edge of Falgars d'en Bas and flows into the Gulf of Roses, specifically at Sant Pere Pescador. Another must in Besalú is to go down to the Fluvià river and enjoy the views of the bridge that the rural environment provides.
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