Rupit, Spain, is a small village in the Spanish Pyrenees of Catalonia and belongs to the municipality of Rupit i Pruit, in the region of Collsacabra, in the county of Osana. It attracts mainly local tourists from the region of Catalonia but also from the rest of Spain. Although the small village has become more and more popular since my last visit, mass tourism has not yet reached this peaceful place.
In this article, I would like to introduce you to the best things to do in Rupit i Pruit, Catalonia, and give you all the info you need for a day trip to Rupit from Barcelona.
Rupit is a perfect place for a day trip from Barcelona (it is 98 km/60 mi away) to find some peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the Catalan capital.
Rupit, Catalonia, Facts
- 822 Meters/2.700 ft. above sea level
- Since 1977 Rupit and Pruit have united as one Municipality
- The little river flowing through Rupit is called the Rupit River
- Just 277 inhabitants (2016)
- The name Rupit comes from the Latin Word for Rock: Rupes
Our Rupit Video
The Climate of Rupit
Since Rupit is located in the Spanish Pyrenees, thus not directly at the coast, such as e.g. Barcelona, the temperature in Rupit, Spain, usually is quite colder than in Barcelona. In Winter, it can even snow here. Anyway, normally, the snow doesn’t stay on the ground (for long)
How to get to Rupit from Barcelona
Journey duration by car (recommended): approx. 1¾ hours
Journey duration by train: approx. 3 Stunden
Basically, there are two ways to get to Rupit from Barcelona: The car (recommended option) or by public transport.
Getting to Rupit by car
One of the options for getting to Rupit i Pruit is to take your own car. You can either take your own car or rent one (e.g. at the Barcelona airport). I recommend you book your car in advance through RentalCars for a better price.
The road lies mostly on the expressway (C-17 and C-25) and is well-signed. However, there are a few curves towards the end.
Getting to Rupit by public transport
The fastest way to get to Rupit is via the Catalan town of Vic. Ideally, you should first take the bus (e12) from Sagrera station in the direction of Vic.
From Vic, take bus 464 (direction Pl. Nova de l’Era) to the final stop Pl. Nova de l’Era. From here, it is only about two minutes walk to the entrance of Rupit.
The best things to do in Rupit, Spain
Stone houses from the 16th and 17th century
If you take a walk through the old antique streets of Rupit, you will realize that many houses here are several hundred years old. Some of the houses were built in the 16th and 17th Centuries. These medieval houses are contributing as well to the relaxed atmosphere of this little village. And it’s surprising how well those houses are still maintained.
Puente Colgante de Rupit
For me, one of the highlights of the Catalan village Rupit is its suspension bridge Puente Colgante de Rupit. It connects two different parts of the village with each other and guides you over the little river Riera de Rupit.
Depending on how many people are on the bridge, it can get a little bit shaky. Anyway, due to security and space-related reasons, only ten people can walk on the bridge at the same time.
Even though it might be small, for us, it is one of the best suspension bridges in Spain.
Església de Santa Magdalena
The Santa Magdalena church is located right next to the village. From here, you have an amazing view of Rupit and its surrounding nature.
To get here, you can follow a little footpath for about 5 minutes.
The church itself was built in the 17th century, like many other buildings in Rupit, and has been dedicated to the holy Magdalena. (As you can already guess by the name 😉 ) In 1973, the church has been renovated.
While we enjoyed this wonderful view, we let our drone Sparki fly a little bit around to take some great landscape pictures and videos of this beautiful medieval village from above. But just have a look at our video at the beginning of this post.
Iglesia de Sant Miquel
The Sant Miquel Church is located more or less in the center of Rupit. I guess you can’t miss it when having a walk through the medieval village.
Even though the church might seem quite plain from the outside, the inside is surprisingly impressive.
Salt de Sallent
Best Time to visit: Beginning of spring, Fall (After heavy rains)
If you follow the river Riera de Rupit for about 30 minutes on a hiking trail from Rupit, you will reach the impressive Salt de Sallent.
This is a waterfall in which the water of the small river falls down from about 100 meters. It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Spain.
During dry periods, especially in summer, the hike here is beautiful and worthwhile, but the waterfall itself usually has much less water – and is therefore less impressive.
By the way, there is another waterfall with this name in Catalonia.
Walks & Hikes
Rupit is just perfect for a nice romantic walk for two, alone or with your whole family. You can take a relaxing walk through the village and explore beautiful places behind every corner.
Moreover, you can find some hiking trails from Rupit through the surrounding Catalan nature. It’s therefore worth it coming to Rupit for a hike, as well.
Even after the sun has set and most tourists are already gone, Rupit is inviting for another walk.
What food should you try in Rupit?
Rupit is popular for its bakeries, where you can buy Coca (A typical Catalan pastry) and XXL-Croissants.
If you are in Rupit, you shouldn’t miss your chance to try these great delicacies.
Catalonia is famous for its Fuet. Fuet is a dry meat sausage and is just amazingly delicious. Since I am living in Catalonia, I eat it way too much. Fuet actually comes from the region around Vic, and therefore, the Fuet you can buy in Rupit is also extremely good.
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