The vulcanoes of la Garrotxa and the Village of Besalú
Bring comfortable shoes, we are going to visit one of the most beautiful areas in la Garrotxa, we will go to Santa Pau and la Fageda d'en Jorda! And after that, we will go back in time visiting the village of Besalú!
We will discover the most famous forest of beech trees in Catalonia, protected as one of the 26 natural reserves of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of la Garrotxa.
Throughout the whole year, the colors of this place will transport you to a fairytale landscape. We will take one of their paths and walk to any of the twenty or more volcanoes; we will even have a break inside one of their craters.
Through beautiful forests and landscapes that will leave us speechless, we will reach the Croscat volcano, where the old stone extraction will allow us to see its depths, and then, we will immerse ourselves in a beech forest and marvel at the spectacular views.
From there, we will climb the volcano of Santa Margarida which, with a Templar Chapel in the center of its crater, is one of the most spectacular corners in the Park and a unique place in Europe.
The walk does not require any physical preparation or overexertion, but we do recommend you that you bring a small picnic with to regain strength when we visit the crater of the volcano, whilst you enjoy the tranquility of the panoramic view.
Once we leave the park, we will continue to the village of Besalú. This medieval fortress town, is one the greatest examples of the Romananesque in Catalonia and is listed as one of the most beautiful villages of Spain.
Besalú was an important commercial center during the Middle Ages, where merchants from all over Europe gathered for trade and business. The origins of the town date back to the 10th century with the establishment of the castle, the fortress, the ramparts, the church and the monastery.
We will be able to stroll through the streets, to visit the monastery, the Jewish quarter, the old synagogue, the Royal Curia and finally the fortified bridge.
The village is completely walled and there are several corners that will offer you breathless views, transporting you to the time of Kings and Knights, making you feel part of a story that is still very alive in the place.
After visiting dreamy forests, walking inside volcanoes and strolling through one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, you can truly say that you have been in one of the most distinctive and most beautiful places in Europe, without doubt! What are you waiting for?