Catalonia’s fairy-tale town

Are you staying in a family villa is Spain with children who love magic, mystery, and fairy tales? Then you must make time to visit the tiny, stone-clad village of Rupit, located roughly halfway between Girona and Torelló in Barcelona Province. With historic architecture dating to the year 968, and with old buildings peeking out from masses of green woodland, Rupit is truly a fairy-tale town.

 

Exploring Rupit

For those who want to enjoy a totally ‘different’ holiday in Spain; a vacation that’s less beaches and watersports and more exploring and discovering, Rupit has everything you could ask for. Look down to see the streets carved from the natural rock formations in the area, and look up to see the red brick roofs, providing shelter to the old stone buildings. Take a walk to hear the sounds of the crashing Sallent waterfall, or edge across the wood-slat suspension bridge that crosses the flowing river. Bend down to smell the delicate white hawthorns, and marvel at the castle-like turrets atop the monastery. Watch as vultures and eagles swoop down from the trees, and enjoy being transported back in time.

Weather in Rupit

Unlike Barcelona, which is very warm, Rupit is noticeably cooler, making it the ideal place for those who find high heat to be uncomfortable. While Rupit is often busier in the summer and remarkably quiet at other times of the year, autumn and winter are still excellent times to visit. With crisp orange leaves and just a shimmer of frost, Rupit looks even more stunning in the off season.

A Day Trip 

Catalan poet Josep Maria de Sagarra famously described Rupit as ‘distinguished and hidden’, so it may come as some surprise that the village is less than two hours from the centre of Barcelona. It’s an easy day trip from your Barcelona villa, or you could choose to look at Catalonia villa rentals in the town itself which gives you an opportunity to stay longer and perhaps see more of the local area. If you do decide to stick around, be sure to check out the natural area of Collsacabra, one of Spain’s best hidden gems.

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