Experience Catalonia’s geology and rich medieval history on this small-group day trip from Barcelona, during which you can hike through the forested landscape of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park and visit the picturesque town of Besalú—one of Spain’s best-preserved medieval towns. This 2-in-1 tour provides round-trip transportation, so you can easily visit both sites in a single day.
After a short drive, we will arrive at La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.
We will get ready and start hiking across the Fageda d’en Jordà, a unique beech forest growing at low altitude (550 m) upon the rugged undulating lava flow emitted by the Croscat volcano. This place is magic and full of peace and, if visiting in autumn, you will have the chance to see the spectacle of the colors of nature.
After leaving the Fageda, the path will take us into the volcanic area, starting with Santa Margarida, a volcano whose explosion opened up a wide circular crater in whose midst stands today the eponymous Romanesque church. We will continue hiking through Croscat volcano which with its 160 m in height make it the highest volcanic cone in the Iberian Peninsula. For many years one of its flanks was quarried and today an impressive scar remains as a reminder of the once active quarry.
After about a 3.5-hour hike we will arrive back to the starting point and we will go straight to our selected traditional local restaurant to enjoy a well deserved 3-course meal.
After lunch we will have the chance to see the picturesque town of Castellfollit de la Roca, rising up on a spectacular basalt crag formed by the superimposition of two lava flows, 50 meters high and nearly a kilometer long that has been shaped by the river Fluvià.
Before coming back to Barcelona we will head to Besalú, one of the best-preserved Catalan medieval towns, where you will feel traveling back in time. There we will enjoy a guided tour across its magical streets and have some free time.