With a history of being occupied by the Romans, Visigoths, Franks, Moors, and French, the medieval town of Besalu was declared a site of National Historical Interest in 1966. Most of the buildings date from a period of independence between the tenth and twelfth century.
An imposing Romanesque bridge which crosses the River Fluvia is the town’s most identifiable landmark. It was built in an ‘L’ shape to utilize the underlying rock structure on the riverbed.
The Romanesque church of St Pere is the last remaining part of the Benedictine Monastery founded in 977AD by Earl-Bishop Miro and consecrated in 1003. Having a somber facade featuring two lions, the main attraction of the church is its nave around the main chapel and the 16th to 18th-century tombs.
In 1964, a Jewish ritual purification bath (a mikvah), used by men and women before weddings and religious ceremonies, was chanced upon. it is one of just three surviving mikvahs in Europe. it is situated in the old Jewish quarter of the town (called ‘Call’). Keys to the Mikvah can be collected from the Besalu Tourist Office and there are also guided tours each day.
Other places of interest in Besalu are:
Cúria Reial – The 14th century Court of Justice and Royal Court.
Hospital St Julia – With a 12th-century facade, bow center for social and cultural events.
Casa Cornella – An outstanding Romanesque civic building with irregular floors and three-sided gallery with semi-circular arches.
La Devesa Excavations – Work has revealed archeological remains demonstrating the importance of the town.
Besalu apartments to rent are rare – most rental properties are in outlying areas.
Over the first weekend of September, the town goes back a thousand years in time and Besalu center is converted into the former Earldom of Besalu – an excellent time to visit this fascinating town.
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Nearest airports to Besalu are Gerona (30km), Perpignan, France (81km) and Barcelona (130km).
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The main Besalu Hotels are:
Hotel Siques, Av Lluis Comanys 6. Telephone +34 972 59 01 10
Residencia Maria, Placa Libertat 15. Telephone +34 972 59 01 06
Fonda Venencia, Major 6. Telephone +34 972 59 12 57
Els Jardins de la Martana Pont 2. Telephone +34 972 59 00 09