The city of Barcelona is amazing, and its beaches are great for walks, but to be honest, the nature around the city also deserves to be discovered and this was proved to me once more last week. To celebrate the birthday of Jordi’s mum she wanted to make a trip, and the chosen destination was Rupit. My boyfriend’s family went camping there once and they thought it would be nice to go back there for a day.
Rupit is part of the province of Barcelona and it is located about 100 km from the city. It has a population of only 270 persons, and is therefore probably one of the smallest Catalan towns I have visited. Due to its altitude it was very cold in Rupit, but summers are supposed to be hot over there.
When arriving to the village we could park the car in a big parking at the entrance to the town. They are prepared for tourists there. The town dates back to medieval times, and since there are barely any cars inside the town, the medieval feeling really remains. But the real historic look is obviously caused by the stone houses and streets.
Walking around Rupit really gave me the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere, even though it is still pretty close to Barcelona. And the river being partly frozen made it all look like a winter wonderland, even without snow! First we had a cup of “Cola Cao” and some pastries to warm up a little. When we were ready to face the cold we made our way to probably the most famous touristic point of the village: the hanging bridge. Trust me, crossing it looks easier than it is! Cause it actually does move quite a lot when you are on it and this can scare you a little bit. But afterwards I found the fun in it and I think I crossed the bridge like six times that day.
After that we crossed the city and found that there were many bars and restaurants. Even though there live only 270 inhabitants, I can’t imagine the amount of tourists on warmer days. When we reached one end of Rupit we decided to make our way to Santa Magdalena Chapel. This chapel is located on a hill facing the town and you can reach it by following a little path through the nature.
From the hill you have great views over the town and the surrounding nature. It really is beautiful over there.
When we had made our way back to the village we decided it was time for some food and wine to warm us. We ended up in Restaurant Albert. A restaurant with a very rustic interior and great food. The menu costed about 20 euros which is not bad for a touristic place like Rupit. For a starter I would definitely recommend the onion soup and the homemade flan for dessert was also delicious.
The road to Rupit is pretty curvy, so we wanted to leave before nightfall, which meant that we didn’t have too much time left after lunch (especially since we spent at least two hours in the restaurant). But to stretch our legs one more time before getting in the car, we decided to cross the hanging bridge one more time. What else could we do?
Even though we only spent like five or six hours in the town, I think we have pretty much seen it all. I definitely enjoyed it, and I hope to go back there in summer one day. So, if you are tired of the beach or the city of Barcelona, rent a car and make your way over to Rupit for a day in the mountains.