From Barcelona, Jewish History Tour, Girona & Besalú 2021
On this Private full day tour from Barcelona city, you will enjoy the medieval atmosphere of two cities with a very important Jewish community, one noted for his studies of Kabbalah, Girona and the other by their doctors of international fame, Besalú.
The county town of Besalú conserves a unique set of Jewish heritage in Catalonia: a Mikveh from the 12th century and traces of a synagogue closed in the 13th century. In 1966 Besalú was declared a national historic-artistic site. Since that time many finds have been made and amazing recovery of heritage has been developed. Its medieval, irregular laid out streets adapted to the city's orography, the arches, the steps, the stone houses, the shops that open all the year round to offer the traveller the craft products of the district, the superb Romanesque bridge providing access to the urban core, passing over the waters of the Fluvià..., everything in Besalú retains the charm of a time when this now small settlement of the Girona Garrotxa was a major market and the head of a prosperous, powerful county whose Jewish doctors enjoyed international fame and whose aljama, in the service of the counts, possibly accounted for between ten and fifteen per cent of its population.
After the visit to Besalú we will move to Girona city, undoubtedly the city with most medieval and Jewish heritage of this area and with one of the best preserved Jewish quarters of the Middle Ages in Europe.
The labyrinthic distribution and medieval atmosphere of its streets, the steep steps make frequently avoid the different levels of urban orography, the charm of the barri vellshops, the historic and didactic contribution of the Bonastruc ça Porta centre and, in particular, the firm commitment to recovering the old Jewish quarter make the Girona Jewish quarter into a unique, fascinating place. The transformations the district underwent after expulsion of the Jews in 1492 have not prevented the call dels jueus from retaining today a large part of this Kabbalistic mystery which characterised the Jews of Girona in an environment which has remained in exactly the same spot since the Middle Ages.
This Private tour Includes:
-Vehicle + driver + Guide fluent in English only for you.
-Guided visit +Tickets to the Micvé in Besalú, visit to the Museum of Jewish History in Girona city.
Our guide can recommend you the best restaurants in Girona during the tour and you can choose the best option for you.
-08:30 Pick up at the Hotel in Barcelona city.*
-10:00 - 11:30 Guided visit to Besalú, Jewish quarter and Micve
-11:30 Departure to Girona
-12:00 Arrival to Girona city and guided visit to the Museum of Jewish History
-13:30 Free time to have lunch (lunch is not included)
-14.30 Guided visit to Girona city, Medieval and Jewish quarters
-16:30 Departure to Barcelona
-18:00 Arrival to Barcelona . Drop off at your hotel.
*The pickup/drop off service is included only at hotels in Barcelona City. If you will stay at another village, please contact us to have your budget.