"Besalú, Ciutat Comtal" Top 5 Page for this destination Besalú by Elisabcn

Besalú Travel Guide: 36 reviews and 102 photos

Gorgeous medieval village

Besalú has a rich past which is still reflected in its streets and monuments being Besalú one of the most beautiful and interesting medieval ensemble of Catalunya. Besalú became important as the capital of an independent County after the death of Guifré el Pilós (last count of Barcelona directly appointed by the Carolingian Emperor) at the end of the 9th century.
By the year 1000, at the end of the Carolingian dominance, the county of Besalú was with no doubt, one of the most important counties in Catalunya. Besalú was the centre of a large territory that served as a link between the plains near to the coast, agricultural and commercial land, and the highlands where the farming of livestock predominated. Besalú's town market was documented as far back as in 1027 and through the years its economic influence became very significant. In the 14th century, the market was still the main commercial centre of the Garrotxa area, and attracted farmers, artisans, traders and businessmen from the whole area. The gathering of so many people made possible any kind of trading but also an interesting exchange of cultures, fact that, again, is still reflected in the medieval village.
I visited Besalú for the first time when I was a child and I got fascinated by this beautiful village from other times and especially by its bridge which ,for me, is unique. Besalú and all the Garrotxa area in general, are places that I need to visit from time to time.

For me this is the most beautiful Catalunya.

Tourist Information:

Plaça de la Llibertat, 1
17850 Besalú
TEL.: 972 59 12 40
FAX: 972 59 11 50
MAIL: turisme@besalu.cat

Don't hesitate to visit the Tourist Information Office. There are always a lot of activities and guided visits.

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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Thanks for these different insights on Besalu - a place I would really like to visit. The sculptors certainly created some weird images on those capitals!

  • Jefie's Profile Photo
    Aug 4, 2010 at 5:55 AM

    Thanks for sharing these great tips and pics, I love how your pages make it possible to discover Catalunya's little treasures :o)

  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    nice page elisa. i visited there myself a couple of years ago.

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