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Activities to do in La Garrotxa with children, family and/or friends
La Garrotxa is a region full of possibilities to carry out activities in nature, experience volcanoes such as Santa Margarita, strong>visit the Fageda d’en Jordà, go hiking or mountain biking, visit charming towns such as the medieval town of Santa Pau, or the bridge and the town of Besalú, passing, of course, through Olot, the capital of the region with a good gastronomic and cultural attraction and commercial.
ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH CHILDREN, FAMILY OR FRIENDS LESS THAN 10 MINUTES BY CAR FROM THE HOUSES
The medieval town of Santa Pau is located in the middle of the natural park of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone. The town preserves the enclosure of the old town, with a very marked medieval appearance and characteristics. The main square or Firal dels Bous stands out, a porticoed square arranged around the castle. Also noteworthy is the church of Santa Maria and the entire set of narrow streets that lead to the Portal de Mar.
The Fageda d’en Jordà, one of the 26 nature reserves of the Natural Park, grows on the lava flow of the Croscat volcano that extends through the municipalities of Santa Pau, Olot and Les Preses. Exceptional beech forest to grow on the lava flow of the Croscat volcano, in a flat place, with soft hills (tozules), and at an altitude of 550 m.
It is a mixed volcano, which had eruptive phases of Strombolian and phreatomagmatic type. The latter are explosive, and the one that occurred in Santa Margarita opened, when it exploded, a large circular crater, inside which is the hermitage that gives its name to the volcano. Except for the crater, which is today a meadow, the rest of the volcano is covered with forests, holm oaks in the sun and mixed deciduous trees in the shade.
The area of the greaves of the Croscat volcano was restored in 1995, in order to organize the degraded area. Croscat is the youngest volcano in the La Garrotxa volcanic area. It had two eruptions, the first and largest 17,000 years ago, and the second 11,500 years ago. The emission of fluid lavas and a series of explosions of moderate violence gave rise to a horseshoe-shaped crater.
ACTIVITIES TO DO WITH CHILDREN, FAMILY OR FRIENDS MORE THAN 10 MINUTES BY CAR FROM THE HOUSES
Living among volcanoes is part of the daily life of the people of Olot, given that the city is located in the natural park of the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone. There are four volcanoes, of which Montsacopa stands out, a watchtower in the middle of the city. The modernist architecture and the tree-lined walks are the elements of the city that most captivate with their beauty.
The old town of Besalú is a work declared a cultural asset of national interest. In 1979 it was declared a “national complex” for its great architectural value. Scattered remains remain of the walls and fortifications of medieval Besalú, often inside later buildings. We know that the first walls protected the county castle and its outbuildings.
The town’s buildings are mainly built with volcanic material. The pavement and furniture in the old town are made of basalt, a rock that is formed when lava cools. We can see a 40 m high basaltic cliff formed by lava from two flows from the Olot and Begudà volcanoes.
Discover different greenway routes to do by bicycle or on foot. You can enjoy kilometers of disused railway infrastructure that has been transformed into cycle tourism and hiking itineraries. We also link you to a lot more walking and cycling routes.