Beget, Spain: A Complete Guide to a Tiny Medieval Town

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Beget, Spain: A Complete Guide to a Tiny Medieval Town

Beget is nestled in the Pyrenees mountain in the Girona province. This is the type of place where you disconnect your Wi-Fi. Seriously, you couldn’t get on the Internet if you tried your hardest! It’s so remote that you have no means of contact with the outside world. But that’s the reason why you should stay here. On a normal day, you’ll see cows and sheep grazing about, minding their own business. It’s a quiet agrarian destination that will give you a complete reset.

Beget, a village with countryside essence maintains its strong heritage

It’s surrounded by oaks and beech trees,

Useful and interesting facts about Beget:

  1. Today there are no more than 20 inhabitants in Beget, depending on your sources. Currently, its population does not exceed twenty inhabitants, but it is known that around 1860 there were about 1300.
  2. Like many ancient cities in Spain, its origins stem back from the Middle Ages.
  3. Beget is in Alta Garrotxa region in the province of Girona, about 2.5 hours north of Barcelona.
  4. The area is sprinkled with bucolic farmhouses, villages, and hermitages (small dwellings where Christians would retreat).
  5. It was isolated until the mid-1960s when a road was laid. A proper road was laid in 1980, which is currently the winding road that goes through the mountains.
  6. Beget is divided into three sectors.
  7. Beget’s 30 houses are eccentric stone structures with heavy wooden doors and a golden color peculiar to the Vall de Camprodón. Archaic stone bridges span the stream where protected trout swim in clear mountain water.

What to do in Beget

Visit the Church of San Cristòfol

The ancient 12th-century Romanesque church of Sant Cristòfol (St. Christopher). The four-story tower has a small bell tower and a sculpture of Jesus Christ, the 6-foot “Majestat de Beget”. It’s a polychrome wood carving dating back to the 12th century. During the Spanish Civil War, local villagers hid the beloved sculpture from the Republican Army as the church was set on fire.

Today, the Church of San Cristòfol is usually closed. If you want a visit, check out the Valls Catalanes website (only in French and Catalan) for a tour.

The Pont Petit of Beget

Take a hike around the mountainous area on the GR-11 or GR-83

Likewise, this little town is the starting and finishing point of different routes and excursions which can lead you to other towns Olot, Prats de Molló, or Setcases. If you want to explore the area, visit Rutas Pirineos for some itinerary ideas.

Walk along the bumpy lanes

 

Bathe or play along the river

Outside the town runs small rivers and brooks that make up a natural bathing area, perfect for even small children. It has two small medieval bridges that cross the quiet Llierca river.

Husband takes a photo of the cousins

Food and restaurants in Beget, Spain

Beget, and the surrounding area of Alt Garrotxa, is famous for producing cheeses and cured meats. They are also known for having “volcanic gastronomy”, which includes turnips, potatoes, beans from Santa Pau, and snails.

How to arrive at Beget, Spain

From Barcelona, the driving route is 2.5 hours.

From Camprodon, take the C-38. Shortly after the Els Solans campsite, take the winding GIV-5223 road to Beget. Park at the large parking lot at the entrance of the town.

From Camprodon by bus, it takes an hour via the TEISA bus company. A travel idea is to stay in Camprodon for a day or two, then take the bus to Beget, which takes about one hour.

Where to stay in Beget

4 Llars is a clean, pet-friendly, and family-friendly guesthouse. Each unit has a full kitchenette, a fireplace, and even a washing machine. Its countryside charm and the welcoming owner seem to leave guests impressed. It has chalets that can fit up to five. Find an available room at 4 Llars

Just outside 4 Llars.

Hostal el Forn de Beget is a homely guesthouse with a few rooms. It has a beautiful garden and terrace area, great for relaxing and taking in the fresh air. You can also book for full board and enjoy your meals in the downstairs restaurant. Find an available room at El Forn de Beget

Can Criach is a 2-bedroom flat in rustic Beget style. With its views of the rustling river, it has a living room with a flat-screen TV, a kitchen, and a balcony. It sleeps up to four people with one queen bed and a bunk bed. Perfect for disconnecting! Check out the beautiful home of Can Criach


Does Beget sound like a place you’d visit? Leave your comments and questions below?


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About the Author Justine Ancheta

California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).

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