Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park
The Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park was protected in 1982 as a result of the popular demonstrations to defend the natural heritage and the recovery of the Catalan institutions. It has a significant population and a dynamic economic activity which is highly diversified and harmonious with the environment. The population has preserved a strong identity, with an entrepreneurial spirit, a long artistic tradition, deeply-rooted, highly participative festivals and popular traditions, excellent cuisine that makes the most of the local, quality produce and a serene, balanced landscape. The natural park regulates and encourages the economic activities to make them compatible with the preservation of this unique territory. The damp climate, particularly found in the Olot basin, means there is exceptional plant coverage which has protected it from the erosion of the volcanoes at the same time as favouring a great diversity of flora and fauna.
It is the best preserved volcanic region on the Iberian Peninsula, with some forty well-conserved volcanoes, the craters and lava flow of which can be observed and walked over thanks to several signposted itineraries and routes. Volcanic activity is considered to be inactive but not extinct.
The park is accredited with:
A collaboration commitment between the entity and the territory to work on responsible, sustainable and quality tourism management.
The variety of well-preserved Mediterranean and damp mid-mountain habitats mean that more than 1,200 flowering plants —some of which are only found here on the Iberian Peninsula— and 300 vertebrates live here. The natural park landscape is a mosaic of forest environments (holm oaks, oaks, beeches), with pastures and crops scattered across the bottom of the valleys and around the farmhouses.
Come to the natural park. A diversity of interesting places, the activities on offer and the equipment committed to the territory ensure an unforgettable experience.
15,309 hectares, including 28 nature reserves (1,041 hectares)
All year round
Castellfollit de la Roca, Mieres, Montagut, Olot, Les Planes d’Hostoles, Les Preses, Sant Aniol de Finestres, Sant Feliu de Pallerols, Sant Joan les Fonts, Santa Pau and La Vall de Bianya
Casal dels Volcans
Av. de Santa Coloma s/n 17800 Olot
MAIN TOURIST ACTIVITIES
- Discover the natural park with a guide
- Natural park itineraries:
Walking itinerary 1: the Natural Park Centre (Croscat Volcano – Santa Margarida – Fageda d’en Jordà)
Walking itinerary 15: the Montsacopa Volcano and the old centre of Olot
Walking itinerary 30: the old centre of Santa Pau and the Rocanegra Volcano
Walking itineraries 13 and 17: the Castellfollit de la Roca and Sant Joan les Fonts lava flows
Walking itinerary 22: the centre of Sant Feliu de Pallerols and the Sant Marc and Puig Roig volcanoes