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Beget

I used the word tiny to describe both Villefranche-de-Conflent and Rupit recently, but compared to Beget either of those can be called a metropolis. Beget is the tiniest of tiny. The postal stop at the edge of the village has 27 mailboxes, which may or may not be the basis for Wikipedia claim that there are only 27 inhabitants but definitively suggests the total number of mail-receiving households.

The time-capsule village is reachable by a single-lane mountain road that makes every encounter with a vehicle going in the opposite direction an edgy adventure. There are a couple of viewpoints along the way offering panoramic views of the surrounding Pyrenees.
Pyrenees
Here is the first look at Beget upon arrival.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
The aforementioned Wikipedia article (in Spanish) claims that in the mid-19th century the population of Beget was over a thousand people. If so, these nowadays mostly deserted streets must have been pretty crowded back then.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
In fact, there are plenty of large houses in Beget and many of them look occupied.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
I suspect vacationers swell the population of the village in the summer.

Church of San Cristóbal is the architectural highlight of Beget. It was built in the 12-13th centuries. As often happens in small villages, its door was locked during non-service hours, and we could only admire it from the outside.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Among the decorative fragments in the village were this lizard uncomfortably sticking out its large tongue and a completely unexpected lonely fiddler in a back garden.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
A stream of Riera de Beget and its tributary, Torrent dels Trulls, cascade through the village. A short distance downstream, the cascades alternate with picturesque pools.
Beget, Catalonia, Spain
There is, somewhat oddly, an excellent restaurant in the center of this small remote village (and at least one other popular eatery at its edge). Majority of people seemingly come to Beget with a restaurant meal foremost on their agenda (as, admittedly, did we). But when here, you have to allow for at least an hour of lingering and exploring.

These and other pictures of Beget can be found in my recent Catalonia Flickr album.

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