La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Garrotxa Volcanoes Half-Day Hot Air Balloon Flight

1. La Garrotxa Volcanoes Half-Day Hot Air Balloon Flight

Glide with the breeze over the Natural Park of La Garrotxa, located between the Pyrenees and Costa Brava, and discover from the sky how the volcanoes of Catalonia are a paradise for nature lovers. The half-day tour lasts approximately 5 hours, with about 1.5 hours flying time, and baskets for those with reduced mobility are available, including 3-door baskets that are suitable for the elderly. See how the landscape was shaped by volcanic activity in a way that is simply not possible from the ground. You will cruise over charming valleys, thick oak forests, and tiny villages settled on the top of towering cliffs. Experience the silence that only a hot air balloon ride can offer, with 360-degree views all around you. Sip a glass of Cava and enjoy a local pancake as the breeze and your pilot navigate the route, subject to the whims of Mother Nature! The balloon is constantly monitored by a 4WD car that will be ready to pick you up on landing. Then, it’s back to the launch facilities, where you will celebrate your balloon experience with a typical country breakfast of pa amb tomàquet (bread and tomato), cold cured sausage and beans from Santa Pau, roasted sausage, Catalan wine, and a glass of the local ratafia liquor.

From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

2. From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

Start your tour from your hotel, and get picked-up by your guide in a comfy private minivan to start your tour. Pass by Barcelona’s main highlights, have a look to the Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona’s central square, that connects to the avenue Passeig de Grácia, an elegant boulevard that hosts a wealth of modernist architecture like the famous Gaudi’s Casa Batlló and La Pedrera, but also the amazing Casa Ametller and Casa Lleo i Morera. Continue the journey heading to Vic, a town that offers visitors one of the most memorable medieval settings in all Catalonia region. Due to the town’s destruction and reconstruction after the Saracen invasion in the 9th Century, Vic has been completely rebuilt. A whole new city grew around some of Catalunya’s most important landmarks, including the Episcopal Museum, Cathedral and Main Square (also home of a popular weekly market). Get to know important corners of the medieval city, including the paintings of Josep Maria Sert in the Cathedral, and the Roman temple. Discover the history and hidden secrets of these wonderful relics along the way. After the walking tour and before to head to the next destination, savor authentic Catalan cuisine for lunch in one of the best places, recommended by your guide. Continue your tour crossing la Garrotxa and observing volcanoes and other magnificent geological structures, before arriving to Santa Pau. Enjoy a walking tour through one of the most charming towns of Historic Catalunya, in the company of your guide and take the chance to walk down along the beautiful medieval streets of this town, visiting the main square. Stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the edge of a basalt cliff. This is a great place to take some photos while enjoying the view. End your back-in-time journey at the final and most important stop of the tour, Besalú. With its incredibly rich heritage and wide array of monuments, Besalú offers visitors one of the best-preserved medieval settings of Catalonia. The town was even classified a Historical and Artistic National Monument in 1966. Our guide will explain the importance of the Jewish community that once resided in the city, from the 9th to the 15th century, and share with you the patrimonial inheritance that this community left behind. Discover the most special corners of the city, and get the chance to cross the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a must for anyone visiting this medieval city.

From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

3. From Barcelona: Medieval Villages and Volcanic Hiking Tour

Depart from Barcelona on a 1.5-hour trip in a comfortable minivan to arrive at La Garrotxa, home to the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. Start the day with a gentle hike and a visit to Castellfollit de la Roca, one of the most scenic medieval villages in Catalonia, dramatically perched atop a cliff side at the meeting point of the Fluvià and Toronell rivers.  Continue to Sant Joan les Fonts, where you’ll visit the Romanesque church and medieval bridge from the 12th century. Then, start the hike across the paths following three lava flows that have shaped the landscapes of this region. Learn about the rural way of life of La Garrotxa, an area that is simply beautiful and will put you in a Zen-like mood.  After the hike, head to Besalú, the best-preserved medieval village in Catalonia, where you’ll have free time to eat lunch. Before heading back to Barcelona, enjoy a guided visit of Besalú where you’ll see the most unique spots of this beautiful medieval town for an authentic trip back in time.

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What people are saying about La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 33 reviews

Unforgettable experience ! Splendid setting, very professional company with support on arrival with an early breakfast, top guide (speaks several languages including French), cake and cava during the flight, breathtaking view, no dizziness or feeling of insecurity. Such a peaceful feeling! On the way back, a convivial and hearty lunch! I can only recommend, the birthday surprise for my spouse was memorable for both him and me. We stayed 9 minutes the day before in Santa Pau (habitaciones Plaça Major) because the appointment is given at 6:30 am but the Vol de Coloms website shows you all the accommodation nearby.

This is worth every cent. We spent an amazing morning slowly drifting over the marvelous La Garrotxa area. Our pilot was not only very skilled with the navigation of the ballon, but also was from the area and able to explain things to us about this spectacular region. His English was great and he made sure to explain everything in both Catalan and English. While I am a bit afraid of heights, I never felt any nervousness on this ride. Even the landing was smooth. The breakfast after was also extremely good and it was fun to sit with the other passengers and pilots and enjoy a meal after the ride.

An incredible experience: beautiful views that, together with the explanations of the pilot, allowed us to enjoy an exceptional moment. At the end of the trip, a surprise awaited us: a spectacular breakfast with products from La Garrotxa.

We had a great time. The view was amazing, and the cava and cake during the flight really made it unique. The breakfast after was a perfect end to a great experience!

The guide was very kind, knowledgeable and accommodating. We had a wonderful time and tour and would do it again in a heartbeat!