As soon as you cross the graceful XI century bridge arching over the Fluvia River at the entrance to Besalu, a gorgeously well-preserved village and monument to medieval Jewish communities in Spain——you will feel like you’re walking into another time altogether.
The small village of Besalu seduces you with its medieval walls and tall bridges stretching over the Fluvia River. Inside is one of the most complete and best-preserved collections of Romanesque architecture in Catalonia. This makes Besalu a beautiful town to stroll around, while popping into shops every now and then to taste sausages, cheeses, olive oils and their local specialty, ratafia. This drink is a homemade liquor made out of varying combinations of herbs and nuts grown in the city gardens of Besalu. This small beautiful town also keeps Catalan culture alive, as one can see on Sunday afternoons in the plaza where citizens dance Catalonia’s national dance, the Sardana
Still standing in Besalu today are examples of how Jewish and Catholic communities lived harmoniously together until the Spanish government expelled them in 1492. Besalu also houses the only remaining Jewish bath house in Europe, the Mikwé. This was a place for ritual cleansing before prayer, marriage and childbirth before the thriving Jewish community was expelled in 1492.
Why not discover your very own Besalu with our private Taste your Way Through Catalonia Tour . You will be amazed of how our expert local guide will bring the local history secrets alive-you will admire the churches of Sant Pere, Sant Vicenç, Santa Maria and Sant Martí as well as experiencing the very best local food and wine.