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La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

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.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

2. Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

If you are nature lovers and you like to discover new areas, this is the best option for you! On this full-day tour you will explore different areas. The first area you will explore is Besalú, where you will learn about the history and the medieval and Jewish heritage of the town.  Next explore the nature of La Garrotxa Natural Park, in the pre-Pyrenees area with more than 40 volcanoes none of them active for thousands of years. While there visit a medieval hermitage located in the middle of a crater. After, visit Castellfollit de la Roca to take some photos of the Basaltic cliff and Santa Pau a small village surrounded by volcanoes. To finish this amazing day, you will have the opportunity to walk along the shore or sail on Banyoles Lake, the largest lake in Catalonia.

From Barcelona: Private Besalú and Medieval Towns Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

From Barcelona: Osona and La Garrotxa Guided Day Trip

5. From Barcelona: Osona and La Garrotxa Guided Day Trip

Travel in time to witness a different side of Catalonia, filled with medieval landmarks, villages, and food. Visit the well-conserved towns of Vic in Osona, Santa Pau, Besalú, as well as the forests of La Fageda. Start your tour at Vic's sites, where a temple from Roman times, the medieval city walls, and its romanesque cathedral await. Next, visit La Garrotxa, where the landscape is still visibly shaped by its volcanic past. Your next stop is Santa Pau, to explore the medieval city walls and the Santa Maria Church, as well as the town's main square. Pick whether to enjoy a picnic in the forest of La Fageda or taste the rustic dishes in one of the guest houses along the way. Finish your tour in Besalú, world-famous for its 14th-century bridge that was featured in the TV show Westworld. Visit some of the romanesque landmarks like Saint Peter's or Saint Vincent Monastery. Make the most of your stop and explore local products like salami, cheese, honey, and churros.

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What people are saying about La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Our guide Dylan was very interesting and showed us pretty little villages while avoiding the flow of tourists, which was very appreciated. In total, we were a small group of 6 people, it was great. The restaurant where we had lunch was very good. I recommend this day of discovery

Excellent!! The best thing I’ve done in a very long time. Staff were extremely polite and friendly, great food after flight and the whole experience was exceptional. Would recommend to anyone staying in the area to do this tour!

Amazing! The pilots and staff were excellent—professional, kind, fun-loving, knowledgeable. They went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time. Cannot recommend them enough

Awesome day with Dylan! Walks were great, villages delightful. Timing of the activities was really good.

The tour is amazing, The guide tour explains me everything.