Garrotxa, volcanoes and craters
Garrotxa is an area of Girona, Catalonia, known for its volcanic landscape.
Without a doubt, one of those places you cannot miss.
In the Alta Garrotxa, you will see deep, narrow valleys, rock walls and high cliffs where you will find beautiful villages; in the Baixa Garrotxa, however, the valleys are low and smooth due to the volcanic activity.
A mixture of landscapes that you will see on this spectacular full-day trip.
We will take you to the most beautiful places in the area. You won’t have to worry about anything, just about having a great time!
Are you ready for this adventure?
The volcanic area of La Garrotxa
In the Alta Garrotxa area, we find the best example of volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula.
With around 40 volcanic cones approximately 100,000 years old, the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is located in the eastern Pyrenees.
The vegetation in the area varies and is lush: holm oaks, oaks, beeches… Very impressive. The climate is very humid, so you’d better be prepared.
You’ll be able to see plenty of ravines and incredible gorges complementing a rugged and steep geography.
And you can explore the whole area: there are more than 30 hiking trails throughout the county, so you can see the beauty of the place for yourself. In fact, they’re well worth the effort if you’re in good physical shape.
But we go further: the influence and adaptation of the population to this landscape has made this a unique and special place. Villages and architectural elements such as Santa Pau and La Fageda complement views that are already unbeatable.
And that’s what we’re going to focus on. Do you want to know where we will be going?
We will tell you the route and the stops of this impressive one-day tour:
- Departure: we will leave Girona in the morning, from the agreed meeting point. We will go to our first stop: Santa Pau.
- First stop: the medieval village of Santa Pau is located in the southeast of the Olot land. Yes, in the middle of a volcanic area. It is a particularly interesting spot, as it is home to the largest number of volcanic phenomena in the area: the Margarida volcano, the Jordà beech forest and the Croscat volcano. We will walk through its streets, visit the impressive medieval wall and stroll through the Old Town.
- Santa Margarida volcano: one of the most famous volcanoes in the area. Here we will have breakfast before climbing to the Chapel of Santa Margarida, right in the centre of the crater.
- La Fageda: a magical beech forest that looks like something out of a fairy tale. It is in a volcanic lava flow, which makes it even more impressive. Stroll under the shade of its towering trees, discover what tossols are and breathe the fresh air of the area. Afterwards, it’s time to fill your stomach with a delicious picnic.
- Banyoles: our last stop. Enjoy a guided tour in which you will discover its origins and history while strolling along the shore of the impressive lake.
What’s included in the tour
- Local guide
- Organisation and an expert guide
The meeting or pick-up point is agreed with the customer.
Health and security measures
Girona Tour will follow the covid measures in force at all times.
How to get to the Girona Tour meeting point
The starting point of “Girona Tour: Guided Visits and Tours in Girona | Gironatour.com” is located in the heart of Plaça de Catalunya, 17004 Girona. Although depending on the visit the meeting point may vary.
You will find us right next to the Gelateria La Gioconda ice cream parlor.
A 4-minute walk from the Jardines de la Muralla and a 3-minute walk from the Girona City Hall building.
1 minute walk from the Cadaqués Casino Bar