Coastal towns where you would want time to stand still and mountain villages to make a connection with nature, train trips and romantic weekends. This is just a small sample of what the most incredible villages in Catalonia have to offer, there are many, but we made a small selection for you to get to know them. Let’s start!
Top 4 of the most incredible villages in Catalonia
This charming place, known as the jewel of the Costa Brava is very different from what is commonly known, that mass coastal tourism. Here you find a lot of peace and tranquility in the middle of rocky massifs on which stand houses that were inhabited by intellectuals and artists of the stature of Dalí and Pau Riba.
From an ancient fortified city there is a bastion that is now the Town Hall, as well as a portal in the form of an arch that is in front of the beach. A must visit you have to do while you relax and enjoy a delicious rock roll.
Located in the Alt Empordà region, north of the Costa Brava and very close to the French border is Roses. A town of seafaring and Mediterranean tradition with more than 3,000 years of history that has become a tourist destination thanks to its beaches and coves.
It is the gateway to the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. Being there you can see mountains and cliffs that surround the town center making this an incredible landscape.
3. Besalú, is one of the most incredible villages in Catalonia because of its history.
In 2017 the Los Angeles Times media stated that Besalú is “the most interesting Spanish village you’ve never heard of”. This town located in the Catalan region of La Garrotxa gives you the opportunity to get to know one of the best preserved medieval ensembles in Catalonia.
Besalú began to grow around the castle that was built on the top of the hill in the 10th century. However, today only the church of Santa Maria remains.
A must-see while there is the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which has seven unequal arches and a fortified tower over the river Fluvià. Another of the emblems that remain standing is the Romanesque church of Sant Pere de Besalú, which corresponds to the only thing that remains of the old monastery.
You will fall in love with its colonial houses. It is a town full of contrasts and history located in the heart of the Baix Empordà that is sheltered by a medieval castle. You should know that the old center of Begur and its beaches are one of the most privileged and beautiful villages of the Costa Brava.