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La Garrotxa Volcanic National Park Hiking & Besalú

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Hike around La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park, one of the most iconic areas of Catalonia and visit the medieval town of Besalú with a local guide on this unique, full-day excursion from Barcelona. Traditional Catalan 3-course lunch included!
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, Catalan, English
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Experience

Highlights
  • Hike in the beautiful Fageda d’en Jordà and La Garrotxa Volcanic Area Natural Park
  • Enjoy a 3-course meal in a traditional Catalan restaurant
  • Visit the medieval town of Besalú
Full description
After a 1.5-hour drive in a comfortable air-conditioned minivan, you will arrive at La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park. Start hiking across the Fageda d’en Jordà, a unique beech forest growing at low altitude (550 meter) on the rugged, undulating lava flow from the Croscat volcano.

After leaving the Fageda, the path will take you into the volcanic area, starting with Santa Margarida, whose explosion opened up a wide circular crater in which the eponymous Romanesque church stands today. The hike continues through the Croscat volcano which, with its 160 meter elevation, is 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 3.5 hours of hiking, you arrive back to the starting point and go straight to a traditional local restaurant to enjoy a well-deserved 3-course meal. Then, 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, nearly a kilometer in length and shaped by the river Fluvià.

Before coming back to Barcelona, head to Besalú, one of Catalan's best preserved medieval towns, where you will seem to travel back in time. There, enjoy a guided tour across its magical streets and have some time to roam and explore for yourself.
Includes
  • Transportation in air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Bottle of water
  • Traditional Catalan 3-course lunch
  • Personal insurance
What’s Not Included
  • Guide gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

When you get there

Meeting point

Passeig de Gràcia 26 (in front of El Nacional restaurant)

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Know before you go
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• Please wear hiking shoes
• Please dress appropriately according to the weather
• Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking