Besalú medieval fair and balloon ride over La Garrotxa

Catalonia’s medieval markets.

If you have the chance to be in this part of spain during the first weekend in september, don’t miss the 2-day  Besalú medieval fair which takes place each year.

For the sum of 3 euros you have a pass to enter the citadel which is transformed, featuring hog roasts, jousts, artisan craftsmen the potters, weavers, birds of prey, musicians, flag-throwers – the whole thing was just great.

Besalú market documented since the year 1027 , was the first commercial centre of la Garrotxa.

This weekend, the 2nd and 3rd September, the town becomes the old medieval centre, hosting varios shows, parades, children’s workshops, craft markets, archery,falconry, …

As you wander the narrow streets it’s hard to believe that during the Middle Ages this now quiet small townwas once an important local capital.

Besalú’s star attraction is without doubt the 11th Century Romanesque bridge over the river Fluvià.

The picturesque town centre is a compact huddle of restored medieval stone houses, small squares and narrow flagstone streets. The most notable buildings are the Miqve ( Jewish baths ans synagogue) , the Church  and Prat de Sant Pere,  the church of Sant Vicenç,the Benedictine hospital of Sant Julià and the Cornellà house.

Guided walking tours can be organised by the tourist office .

If you stay a few days in the Garrotxa region you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the volcanoes of Catalonia, overflying the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.