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Pont Fortificat

Besalú’s fortified stone bridge is so old, it strains memory. The first records of the bridge date to 1075, though periodic modifications have bolstered its defensive structure. It was bombed in 1939 during the Span…
Catalan in Besalú

Amb els 5 Sentits

Seasonal, local ingredients fuel fun, imaginative, elegantly prepared degustation menus at this intimate, stone-walled, bodega-like eatery. Over five or six artful courses (often involving a rice dish), enjoy the li…
Catalan in Besalú

Pont Vell

The views to the old bridge (after which the restaurant is named) are enough to tempt you into this converted 18th-century building, even without considering the superb wide-ranging menu full of locally sourced deli…
Ruins in Besalú

Jewish Square

Besalú’s thriving Jewish community fled the town in 1436 after relentless Christian persecution. It left behind a 12th-century riverside miqvé (ritual bath), a rare survivor of its kind in Spain, which was rediscove…
Museum in Besalú

Micromundi

Prepare to squint with increasing intensity as you enter this peculiar 2000-item museum. Peer through a magnifying glass at jewellery, figurines and tiny dioramas from around the world, including ants wielding paras…
Catalan in Besalú

Cúria Reial

Whether beneath the arches in the snug stone interior or out on the terrace overlooking the bridge, Cúria Reial delivers an atmospheric dining experience. The menu, spanning market fare and cuina volcànica from the …
Church in Besalú

Església de Sant Vicenç

The Romanesque Església de Sant Vicenç dates to the 10th century, though it has a few Gothic flourishes. It's normally closed, but you can peek in by inserting a euro coin at the doorway, which will illuminate the s…
Historic Building in Besalú

Hospital de Sant Julià

Of Besalú's ancient Sant Julià hospital, built to house pilgrims, only the 12th-century facade is original; it displays four intricately carved capitals, three with animal figures.
Monastery in Besalú

Monestir de Sant Pere

This Romanesque monastery dates from the 11th century and has an unusual ambulatory (walkway) with floral-motif capitals behind the altar.