Castellfollit de la Roca, La Garrotxa, Girona

La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve


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.

La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve

Girona  (Catalonia)

Type of area:Natural Park Area:15.31 hectares Tel.:+34 972 268 112 Tel.:+34 972 266 012 Website:La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Nature Reserve

Girona (Catalonia):

Casal dels Volcans Information Centre

Avenida de Santa Coloma, 47

17800  Olot, Girona  (Catalonia) Tel.:+34 972 266 012 Tel.:+34 972 268 112 Website:Visitor centre website

Sant Feliu de Pallerols Tourist Information Office

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

17174  Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Girona  (Catalonia) Tel.:+34 972 444 011 Website:Visitor centre website

Centre d'informació Can Serra (La Fageda d'en Jordà)

Ctra. Olot- Santa Pau, km 4 (área de Can Serra)

17811  La Fageda d´en Jordà, Santa Pau, Girona  (Catalonia) Tel.:+34 972 195 074 Website:Visitor centre website

Ctra. Olot- Santa Pau, km 7 (interior del volcán del Croscat)

17811  Volcán Croscat, Santa Pau, Girona  (Catalonia) Tel.:+34 972 195 094 Website:Visitor centre website
Useful information

What you need to know

  • 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.