Besalu, Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Besalu is credited to be one of the most beautiful Medieval towns in Spain. It had a great importance during the early Middle Ages when Wilfred the Hairy, Count of Besalu, unified the whole Catalonia, making the town a significant center.
Numerous historic buildings, representing wonderful Catalan medieval architecture, attract visitors here constantly. A characterful 12th century Romanesque bridge over the Fluvia River and the splendid 11th century church of Sant Pere are probably among the most famous landmarks. Besalu mostly attracts daytrippers from around the region.
Why to go there?
It is a great day trip destination once in Catalonia, introducing to the history of Spain and the Middle Ages. The architecture is very well preserved, clustered in a relatively small area.
When to go there?
All year round – the town drops into a mild climate zone.
How to get there?
By bus or taxi – the town is only 30 minutes drive from Girona, an hour and a half from Barcelona and Costa Brava.
Lead photo by Mas Torrencito