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.

Visit Besalú and stay in the best cottages

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...

Besalú, medieval town

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.

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 holiday rentals?

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 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 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.

Visit the Mikvé bath

The Mikvé is the ancient ritual bath from the end of the 12th century, which was used to purify people during the rituals of Judaism. It remained buried 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 largest in the whole town, and has several restaurants and bars.

Stroll along the river Fluvià

The river that runs under the Besalú bridge is the Fluvià river, which springs on the banks of Falgars d'en Bas and flows into the Gulf of Roses, specifically in Sant Pere Pescador. Another must-do in Besalú is to go down to the Fluvià river and enjoy the views of the bridge from the rural surroundings.

Latest opinions from our guests staying near Besalú

9.6

Average grade at Besalú

Opinions are 100% real and written by people like you.
We do not expect all of them to be perfect, we prefer them to be authentic.
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26/01/2024

VictoriaLa Canova - With the family

Very nice, spacious and cozy house in a perfect setting

Overall, we really liked the house. The only drawback is that until we have made the payment we have not been warned that it is not possible to cook in the auxiliary kitchen, when we had precisely chosen this house to have two kitchens (part of our group is celiac). It has also been quite inconvenient that especially on the top floor, insects (a type of bed bug) often fall from the wooden ceiling, also into the rooms.

Naturaki respond: Thank you very much, Victoria, for your opinion. We are glad to know that you liked the house. We take note of what you comment to review it. Thanks for the visit.
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02/01/2024

IgnacioCa la Glòria - With the family

Great house to enjoy with the family

A very cozy house in an incredible environment with spectacular views. Xavi a great host.
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22/12/2023

RaquelLa Canova - With the family

Very comfortable and well equipped

We have been spending Christmas with the family and everything was perfect. The house very comfortable. The fireplace creates a perfect atmosphere.
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22/12/2023

PilarCan Jan - With the family

Stay in Can Jan on Christmas 2023

We were this Christmas with the family at the rural house of Can Jan, the stay was very, very good. The attention from the owner has been a 10. The house is very spacious and bright. On the facade there is an ideal space for children to play (the park). It is very well located, very quiet and there is nothing missing. We will be back!
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06/11/2023

AnnaCa l'Hortalà - With the family

Excellent place in a peaceful location!

The house is beautiful and just like the pictures! We enjoyed our stay very much! It was easy to communicate with the owner and everything was super!
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28/10/2023

CatherineCan Jan - With the family

Perfect for a family celebration

The location, equipment and beddings are perfect for 25 people. The owners are also very friendly and speak French. A place to remember.

Frequently asked questions about rural accommodations near Besalú

What is the usual price of a rural house in Besalú?

On average, booking a rural house in Besalú for a weekend costs between 37€ and 49€ per person per night and for a full week between 22€ and 40€ per person per night, depending on the season and the capacity of the house. You can check the available houses with the price and availability 100% updated on our website.

What is the average score of rural houses in Besalú?

Our rural houses in Besalú have an average rating of 9.6 (out of 10) based on 636 real Naturaki guest reviews. Nothing more reliable than the opinions of our most demanding customers.

How many dog friendly villas do you have in Besalú?

In Besalú, 2 of our houses accept dogs, with a maximum of 2 dogs per booking and a supplement of 40€ per dog. Check the available houses that accept dogs in Besalú on our website.

How many houses with a pool do you have in Besalú?

In Besalú we have 6 rural houses with swimming pools of all sizes and colours. The outdoor swimming pools in our houses are open from Easter or from April 1st until the end of October. See here the [link_search_piscina] houses with pool in [place_name] available on our website.[fi_link_search_piscina]

How many villas with fireplaces do you have in Besalú?

In Besalú we have 5 charming houses with fireplaces. From October to April we will leave 20 kg of firewood for free next to the fireplace. Check here the houses with fireplaces available in Besalú on our website.

How far from Besalú is the nearest beach?

The nearest beaches are just 34 km away from Besalú in a straight line. Discover the best beaches of the Catalan coast from our rural houses.

How far from Barcelona is Besalú?

Besalú is only 100 km away from Barcelona as the crow flies. Our charming houses await you there!

Services and proposals near Besalú

* All distances are calculated in a straight line. Actual distance may vary. Check the exact directions to get to each place using the icon

Nearby locations

Barcelona

Sagrada familia, La Pedrera, La Rambla, Camp Nou...
100 km

Girona

The Cathedral, the Rambla, the Stone Bridge, the old quarter, the houses of the Onyar
27 km

Banyoles

The natural lake, the Darder museum, the old quarter, the main square, the Archaeological Museum
11 km

Santa Pau

The beans of Santa Pau, Fajeda d'en Jordà, the gorges
12 km

Closest beaches

Sant Pere Pescador beach

34 km

Empúries beach

36 km

Rec del Molí beach (dogs are admitted)

36 km

Rubina Beach (dogs are admitted)

38 km

Nearby restaurants

Can Quei

653 m

Restaurant La Guixera

5.5 km

Casino

6.7 km

L'Hostal

8.2 km

Supermarkets

Caprabo

Banyoles
11 km

Aldi

Banyoles
12 km

Bon Preu

Banyoles
12 km

Lidl

Banyoles
12 km

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Bakery

Torna
6.5 km

Basic store

Suma
6.6 km

Butcher shop

Vilanova
6.7 km

Fish shop

Puignau
11 km

Pharmacy

Carme Guixeras Magret
6.7 km

Nearest hospital

Banyoles Clinic
11 km

Reference hospital

Doctor Josep Trueta Hospital
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