While I was in Spain, I had the opportunity to visit Besalu, a town on the edge of the Pyrenees separating France from Spain. It’s not a place I would have ever made it out to had I not been with a tour group, but I’m glad I visited. It was also nice to see another part of Spain after having been in the more well-known areas of Madrid, Andalucia, and Barcelona.
Toledo in Spain is famous for its medieval buildings that have hardly been changed for centuries, but Besalu is very similar in its architecture and its winding streets. The benefit of Besalu is that it is not nearly as overrun with tourists as Toledo is. In fact, when I was there on a cold day in January, I felt that our group of 25 or so college students almost took over the town, as there were no other tourists there, and even the locals didn’t seem to be out doing much. Overall, it was a relaxing day, and the views of the mountains were incredible. Definitely an accidental find worth remembering.