What to do in la Garrotxa

La Garrotxa is known as one of the greenest regions in Catalonia, and its natural environments never fail to impress any visitor. Beyond the numerous hiking or cycling routes, the region offers a large number of notable museums and towns that can help you better understand the area and immerse yourself in its atmosphere.

Excursions to discover la Garrotxa

There is a wide variety of routes in Garrotxa, each offering a unique experience for hiking and nature enthusiasts. There are options for all skill levels and physical conditions. It is recommended to check detailed information about the routes before embarking on the hike, as well as to respect the regulations and conservation recommendations of the natural environment.

1. Volcanoes route:

The Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of Garrotxa has more than 40 volcanic cones, craters, and lava flows, and the volcanoes route allows hikers to explore some of the most prominent, such as the Croscat volcano and the Santa Margarida volcano. This route is one of the most emblematic in Garrotxa and offers the opportunity to walk through ancient volcanoes and unique volcanic landscapes. Hikers can choose from different routes that lead them through old forest paths and tracks, offering stunning views of the volcanoes, forests, and meadows of the area.

2. La Fageda d’en Jordà

The path, suitable for all ages, winds through the forest, passing streams, waterfalls, and rock formations, offering hikers the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility of the surroundings. The route is circular and takes visitors through the beautiful beech forest of Jordà, a forest of beech trees that is especially impressive during the autumn months when the leaves change color. During the journey, you can observe the native fauna and flora, as well as enjoy panoramic views of the landscapes of la Garrotxa.

3. Puigsacalm hiking trail:

This route leads hikers, this time a bit more experienced, to the summit of Puigsacalm, an emblematic mountain of Garrotxa with impressive panoramic views. The path follows old forest paths and passes through beech and oak forests before reaching the summit, where you can enjoy spectacular views of the region and the Pyrenees on clear days. During the ascent, visitors find many corners and spaces to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape and observe the native flora and fauna of the region.

4. Torrent de Sant Aniol:

The route of the Sant Aniol Torrent follows the course of an impressive canyon of volcanic origin that offers spectacular landscapes and refreshing water pools. The trail winds along the canyon, passing waterfalls, natural pools, and unique rock formations. During the journey, the canyon offers unique views, and in the warmer months, visitors can refresh themselves in the crystal-clear waters of the stream. This route is ideal for those seeking a unique experience in contact with nature and adventure but do not want to undertake long hikes to achieve it.

Highlighted Museums of La Garrotxa

In La Garrotxa, there are several museums that stand out for their cultural and historical relevance, catering to visitors of different ages and interests. Many of them are located outside the capital of the region, Olot, so visiting them can be a great way to discover emblematic towns and municipalities in the area.

1. Garrotxa County Museum:

Located in Olot, the capital of the region, this museum offers a comprehensive view of the history, culture, and heritage of La Garrotxa. It exhibits a wide variety of archaeological objects, contemporary art, historical photographs, and religious art, immersing all its visitors in the rich history and cultural identity of the region.

2. Volcano Museum:

Located in Santa Pau, one of the best-known towns in the area, this museum is dedicated to the geology and volcanology of La Garrotxa. It offers interactive and educational exhibitions on the formation of volcanoes and the volcanic landscape of the region, as well as information about the flora and fauna inhabiting this protected area.

3. Catalonia Toy Museum:

Despite being located in Figueres, near La Garrotxa, this museum is very famous. It has an extensive collection of toys ranging from the 19th century to the present day and captivates visitors of all ages. It is especially popular among families and toy history enthusiasts, as it offers the opportunity to explore the evolution of toys over time.

4. Saints Museum:

In the popular and beautiful town of Camprodon, this museum is dedicated to religious iconography and sacred art. It exhibits an impressive collection of sculptures, paintings, and liturgical objects related to the religious tradition of the region, providing a unique insight into the religious history and culture of La Garrotxa.

Charming Towns of La Garrotxa

La Garrotxa is full of picturesque towns. Its natural surroundings and medieval heritage make it one of the most attractive regions in Catalonia, and its small villages are very popular for family outings.

1. Besalú:

The old town of Besalú is one of the best-preserved medieval complexes in all of Catalonia, making it a must-visit in La Garrotxa and a Cultural Heritage Site of National Interest. If during the route through the most charming towns of La Garrotxa there happens to be a medieval fair in the town of Besalú, the visit becomes a true journey back in time to the Middle Ages. The star of this picturesque municipality is clearly its medieval bridge that welcomes all its visitors, but Besalú has other remarkable corners as well.

2. Castellfollit de la Roca:

Don’t be fooled by the compact size of this municipality, which covers less than a square kilometer; it is one of the smallest towns in Catalonia, perched on an imposing 40-meter basalt cliff that acts as a natural barrier for the locality. The municipality itself is a viewpoint of La Garrotxa: Castellfollit de la Roca looks like a town taken from a postcard, and its image is completed by the imposing presence of the bell tower of the church of Sant Salvador.

3. Olot:

The natural legacy of the city of Olot is undeniable and stunning, as it is nestled in a volcanic environment. The capital of La Garrotxa is full of numerous parks and gardens, offering tranquil places to rest and relax. Moreover, its streets are perfect for family or couples’ walks. As for cultural and architectural heritage, Olot also has much to offer. The Renaissance cloister of El Carme and the modernist house Masramon are notable landmarks, but simply strolling through the main streets of the city is a delightful experience. Additionally, the city hosts a variety of museums.

4. Santa Pau:

At the heart of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa lies one of the most serene and emblematic places in the region: the picturesque town of Santa Pau. This historic municipality retains all the charm of a medieval village, with magical corners waiting to be discovered while strolling through its narrow cobblestone streets. But the beauty of Santa Pau is not limited to its urban charms; the municipality is surrounded by stunning nature. Within a short distance are the Fageda d’en Jordà and the volcanoes of Santa Margarida and Croscat rising near Santa Pau, making the town an ideal starting point for excursions.