Hardly known outside of Spain, the perfectly preserved medieval village of Rupit sits in the heart of Catalonia, in the Collsacabra region, majestically perched on a rocky promontory so that it appears like something straight out of a Tolkien fantasy. Whilst the winding cobbled streets, 500-year-old stone buildings (some of which were copied for Barcelona's Poble Espanyol project of 1929) and flowerpot laden balconies are nothing short of wondrous, so too is the landscape: a rich countryside of rock formations, rivers, waterfalls and rustic churches where cows graze, eagles fly and wild strawberries grow. During this hiking expedition you'll start the day with coffee and pastry in Rupit itself before setting off to explore the surrounding natural beauty, either stopping off en route for an idyllic picnic or returning to the medieval village for a slap-up Catalan supper in a top-class restaurant. The cost of the day out is 68 euros per person, plus 17 for dinner, and includes return transport to Barcelona. For a little more moulah you can combine the hike with kayaking on a nearby lake, or even hire some off-road Segways. Email us to reserve a spot.
Absolutely gob smacking scenery and thankfully the hiking was quite gentle - which suited me and my wife as we are not getting any younger!
reviewed by Graham from United Kingdom on Jan.09.2012