Besalú, the ancient county town, with a walk around the lake at Banyoles.

Romanesque bridge in BesalúThe area covered by the old county of Besalú roughly coincides with the present region of La Garrotxa. Both tourists and passing travellers can enjoy the landscape here, which is full of natural and cultural charm: villages with a Medieval ambiance; the biggest fresh-water lake in Catalonia; intensely green woods and fields; or near Olot, an old volcanic area of exceptional beauty. (There’s a separate article about this, with other suggestions for excursions).

Romanesque church in BesalúHere, I suggest a visit to the old county of Besalú, and what was its capital, of the same name. We’ll find a perfectly conserved Medieval settlement, with its Romanesque churches, marvellous bridge and the remains of the old Jewish district, where we can get to know the splendid past of this county town. The old Medieval jewish Mikwé-bath is very interesting!

We can also visit the nearby Medieval town of Santa Pau, or ascend probably the best view-point of Catalonia, the sanctuary of La Mare de Déu del Mont.Santa Pau

Finally, I offer the chance of taking a alk of some 6 km. around the largest fresh-water lake in Catalonia, the Banyoles lake. One can even bathe there in Summer time. Over 50 species of birds make their nests in its banks and its surrounding woods provide an inviting shady stroll. This 2 hour walk is Lake at Banyolesideal for all ages and especially for families with children – bicycles can be organised on request. And if you’re interested in archaeological excavations, then very close by is ‘La Draga’, the dry-bed of a Neolithic lake, where organic remains of wood and food have even been found, making it a most unusual case-study of this kind.

As you can see, this region offers many possibilities. Do allow me to organise a visit for you, tailored to your interests and wishes !

One day return outing, starting from your accommodation point.

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