With a rich history, beautiful and varied landscapes and amazing local food and wine, Catalonia offers unique experiences. Today we are choosing the unbeatable charm of historical villages built on dramatic rocky peaks.
Located on the heights of an impressive limestone rock, and with a single entrance and exit road, the town of Siurana is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Tarragona and Catalonia. It stands in the renowned wine region of Montsant, and it is one of the favorite destinations for climbers. Also, at its feet, a clean water reservoir allows the practice of aquatic sports. Historically, due to its strategic location, Siruana was the last Muslim bastion in Catalonia.
Castellfollit de la Roca
This small town of only 1,000 inhabitants is located in the volcanic area of La Garrotxa. Their houses seem to be hanging in the void and at the end of the town stands the tower of the old Church of Sant Salvador, built in the 13th century. The village is situated on a basalt crag, around 1 km in length and 50 metres high. Originally, thousand upon thousands of years ago, lava flowed from volcanic eruptions, and then the erosive action of the two rivers formed the crag where the village lies today. The houses in the old part of the village are predominately made from volcanic rocks. The medieval centre has narrow, shadowy streets, which seem to take their personality from the mystical appearance of some of the natural surroundings.
The Collsacabra landscape offers a perfect balance between geological grandeur and human scale. In its center, between the cliffs of Aiats and the region of La Garrotxa, at 845 meters, there’s Rupit. Apart from the beauty of its buildings and its incomparable environment, what attracts attention is a wall that emerges from a large rock dominating the village. It seems that the rock is the origin of the name of the town, as in Latin rupes is rock and where the castle was.
Around the rocky cliff where the remains of the castle are based, Rupit maintains the medieval atmosphere, with cobbled streets, rustic houses and the Baroque church of Sant Miquel. A few kilometers away, a disseminated farmhouse complex, Pruit, merged with Rupit in 1977.