Tiny Rupit regularly features on selections of the most beautiful villages in Catalonia. The mountain village straddles a small gorge, with a hanging bridge connecting its two banks. The old part of Rupit is built on the ridge over the river and looks as if floating in the air from the other side.
The bridge is the main tourist attraction. It sways even if you walk carefully, but children of all ages do not neglect to increase the amplitude of its movement. Not for the faint of heart. Signs on both sides warn against having more than 10 people on the bridge at any given moment. I managed to catch a pause in traffic.
The houses overlooking the river.
The core of the village is narrow streets made of natural rock and attractive stone buildings. There are a few shops and a couple of hotels, but overall the village does not seem too commercialized.
Balconies, arches, and especially hanging flowers enliven the scene.
Church of Saint Michael dominates the roof line of Rupit.
Every corner of the village offers a picturesque perspective or detail.
Catalonia has many gems and Rupit is definitely one of them. Its relative closeness to Barcelona and the coastal areas is a bit misleading: a hundred or so kilometers does not look like a long drive until you realize that the last stretch of roughly twenty-five is via a winding mountain road that can take significant time and focus to navigate. But it is undoubtedly worth the trip.
These and other pictures of Rupit can be found in my recent Catalonia Flickr album.