This day trip from Barcelona was not for any articles or reviews, and I did not bring my camera with me. I went solely for the purpose of relaxing and enjoying the day without thinking about work. It was so beautiful that I couldn’t visit there and not write anything about it. The photo’s here were taken with my phone and I will be going back to spend more time there and write more about the areas, history, and things to do. For now, here is a little information and pictures of the three towns I was in.
Under 100 Km from Barcelona, Ruprit is great for anyone wanting to get out of the city for the day. The church of Sant Joan de Fàbregues dates back to 968 and is about 3 Km from the castle. Sitting on a narrow ridge above the river, the old town is completely made of natural rock streets and stone houses.
After leaving Ruprit we took a small detour to see some amazing views of the countryside. On a clear day, you can see the ocean in the distance.
Besalú is a town I will return to and write a lot more about. It is a beautiful town with a lot of history. The 12th – century Romanesque bridge is absolutely stunning. The town has rock and stone arcaded streets and many squares. A Jewish bath (Mikveh) dating from the 11th or 12th – century can be found in the town. If you only have half a day, I would recommend going to Besalú as your day trip from Barcelona.
Girona city is the capital city of the province of Girona, founded in 79 BC. Throughout history, the city has been captured 7 times and undergone 25 sieges. The beautiful city is full of natural rock streets, hills, and stairs. The walkable old walls and lookout towers offer beautiful views of Girona and the surrounding area. It was dark by the time I arrived in Girona so I didn’t get any pictures of the views. There are several trains that go to Girona from Barcelona, so I will take the 40-minute journey and return to spend more time in this beautiful city. If you go in May, you can see the annual flower festival.