La Garroxta is an absurdly lush and lovley county in the province of Girona – just north of Barcelona- by northern Cataluña. While it is very small, there are many places to explore and all within close distance to each other!
We explored some of the volcanic region around the town of Olot, where we stayed at “Les Cols Pavilions”
There are about 40 volcanoes in the region, with Croscat and Santa Magarida being the more impressive ones.
above photo Volcà de Santa Margarida © Laureà
above photo Castellfollit de la Roca © Gabriel Monsa
above photo Castellfollit de la Roca © Richard Alonso
Castellfollit de la Roca: This beautiful thin town, dating from the 13th century, is situated on the edge of a fifty meter basalt cliff, almost a kilometer long. The cliff is the result of the erosive action of the rivers Fluvià and Toronell.
above photo Besalú © Alain Muller
Besalú: another lovely town with a 12th-century Romanesque bridge that goes over the Fluvià river. The town is also famous for the restored “Miqvé” Jewish Purification Baths.
Fageda d’en Jordà
Fageda d’en Jordà, a cute birch forrest
Nucli antic de Santa Pau
Nucli antic de Santa Pau: yet another tiny Jewish settlement built between 13th and 14th centuries, with an abandoned castle in the middle
view from Nucli antic de Santa Pau
Parc de Pedra Tosca: This rough rock park was a monumental project. Constructed by RCR Architects, it involves volcanic rock mounts constrained by rusted steel plates creating a pathway to Les Preses Volcano Park.