La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve




Contact details

Girona  (Catalonia)
Casal dels Volcans visitor centre
pnzvg@gencat.cat
www.gencat.cat/parcs/garrotxa
Tel.:+34 972268112
Fax.:+34 972270455

Location

La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve

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Description

Example of volcanic formation

It has a rich and varied vegetation with a predominance of holm oak, oaks and beech. There are also chestnut trees, hazel, alder, poplar and box.

The fauna includes species such as wild boar, wildcat, dormouse, marten and genet. This protected nature area is also home to the short-toed eagle, the goshawk, peregrine falcon, woodpeckers, nuthatch and marsh tit, as well as to vipers and other reptiles. It is also of particular interest due to its 40 volcanic cones and its 20 lava outcrops. It is considered to be the most important volcanic area on the Iberian Peninsula.

Municipalities

Girona (Catalonia)

Olot


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  • Type of area Nature reserve
  • Area 13874 hectares

Map

Access and surroundings

Cultural information

La Garrotxa served as an area of transit for the Romans, and remnants of the road can still be seen in the Bianya valley. Examples of Romanesque architecture include the churches of Sant Pere and Sant Vicenç in Besalú, the monastery of Sant Joan les Fonts, and the church of the Sant Sepulcre in Palera. Also worth mentioning is the Modernist style on display in Olot, the regional capital.

Environmental information

The vegetation and the fauna of the volcanic area of La Garrotxa a particularly noteworthy due to its variety. There are holm oak and oak forests, as well as beech woods such as the famous Fageda d’en Jordà.

Information for visits

Check with the visitor centres.

Visitor centres

Visitor centre: Casal dels Volcans

Location

Avenida de Santa Coloma, s/n.
Olot (Girona)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 972268112]
pnzvg.dmah@gencat.cat


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Schedule

  • From Jan 10 to Jan 31
  • Weekend From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Public holidays From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Closed: 1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December.
  • From Feb 01 to Jan 09
  • From Tuesday to Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00

Visitor centre: Can Serra (La Fageda d'en Jordà)

Location

Carretera de Olot a Santa Pau, Km. 4
La Fageda d´en Jordà, Santa Pau (Girona)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 972195074]


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Schedule

  • From Apr 6, 2015 to Dec 8, 2015
  • From Monday to Sunday From 10:00 to 15:00
  • From Jan 10 to Dec 06
  • Public holidays From 10:00 to 15:00

Visitor centre: Can Passavent (Croscat volcano)

Location

Volcán Croscat, Santa Pau (Girona)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 972195094]


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Schedule

  • From Mar 1, 2015 to Dec 8, 2015
  • From 10:00 to 16:00

Visitor centre: Sant Feliu de Pallerols

Location

Carretera de Olot, Km. 43 (antigua estación de tren de Sant Feliu de Pallerols)
Sant Feliu de Pallerols (Girona)

Contact details

Tel.:: [+34 972444474]
turisme@santfeliudepallerols.cat


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Schedule

  • From Apr 24 to Sep 24
  • From Tuesday to Friday From 10:30 to 13:30
  • Saturday From 10:00 to 14:00 From 16:00 to 18:00
  • Public holidays and Sunday From 10:00 to 14:00
  • Closing days: Monday
  • From Jun 06 to Dec 08
  • From 10:00 to 14:00


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