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Croscat Volcano, Santa Pau

La Garrotxa, land of volcanoes

Girona

Forty volcanic cones and more than 20 lava casts welcome you to La Garrotxa, north of Girona. This landscape, the best example of volcanic land formation on the peninsular, is only two hours by car from Barcelona. Nature lovers will be thrilled at unforgettable experiences amongst the forests and volcanoes that typify this region.

Olot, modernity and nature Olot is the capital of La Garrotxa and is surrounded by four volcanoes: Montsacopa, Montolivet (both accessible), Garrinada and Bisaroques. Here, in the place of contrasts, nature lives alongside art. On the outskirts of town, in the centre of the Moixina Wetlands, there are numerous contemporary buildings designed by the local Estudio RCR , winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2017.A tour of the area would not be complete without a gastronomic stopover. Discover the local "volcanic cooking" and the products this unusual area has to offer. Beans, corn, game and truffles are all represented in the local menus. But don't leave without trying dishes like patatas de Olot or visiting the Les Cols restaurant, with two Michelin stars.

Map of Garrotxa

Outdoor activities and a medieval atmosphere As well as Olot, other La Garrotxa villages await you. Structures like the Romanesque Puente Viejo in Besau and the Vila Vella in Santa Pau are must-sees. Although it is not just the area's buildings that are special here. Other options for exploring Santa Pau include adventure sports and mountain tours, whether on foot, in 4x4s or even on horse back. To finish off your trip, make sure you have a plate of fesols, a popular native bean, which even has its own festival during January.

Horse riding routes in Garrotxa