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Our most recommended Santa Pau Day Trips

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.

Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. Barcelona: Besalú & Medieval Towns Tour with Hotel Pickup

This medieval tour will begin in Barcelona, where your guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on an amazing journey back in time in a small group of maximum 8 persons. Your first stop will be in the city of Vic, which has one of the most suggestive medieval sights of Catalonia. Your guide will show your small group the most important corners of the medieval city such as the cathedral and Roman temple, sharing with you their secrets and history. On your way to Besalú, your small group will drive through the volcanic area of La Garrotxa before arriving at Santa Pau, one of the most charming towns of Catalonia, where you will take a walk through its beautiful medieval streets and its main square. You will also stop at the foot of Castellfollit de la Roca, a spectacular medieval town that hangs from the cliff edge.  To finish this journey back in time, your expert guide will take you to Besalú. Here, you'll find one of the best-conserved medieval buildings of Catalonia. Your guide will explain to you the importance of the Jewish community that lived in the city. Finally, you will be able to walk the famous Romanesque bridge of Besalú, which is a mandatory visit for anyone who loves medieval architecture.

Girona: Volcano Area, Besalú, and Banyoles Lake Tour

3. 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

4. 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.

La Garrotxa: Volcanic Trekking Day-Trip with Lunch

5. La Garrotxa: Volcanic Trekking Day-Trip with Lunch

Spend a spectacular day in the middle of Garrotxan nature! Start the day in Santa Pau, walking through its streets with the village still half asleep. See its medieval center and admire its volcanic architecture. Go to the Santa Margarida Volcano! One of the most popular volcanoes in the Garrotxa, we will go up and down to the center of the crater, where there is a chapel. Do you know that legend says it works as a stopper to prevent eruptions? Leave the volcano and we will go to a picnic area to eat our well-deserved lunch in the shade of some trees. Taste typical Catalan food and, of course, Enjoy the most local desserts you could ever have in this place. Walk through the magical La Fageda d’en Jordà, while eating lunch. Enjoy the silence, the mystery of the beeches, and weird tussols. Shortly afterward, head to a spectacular, super chilly waterfall, where you will take a heavenly bath. End the day in Banyoles, walking around its wonderful lake and where, if you feel like it and the weather is good, Enjoy a swim.

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What people are saying about Santa Pau

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 11 reviews

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.

This was the best day, everything was perfect. I thought the volcano was going to be the highlight but there was so much more. The waterfall swimming and the picnic were just fabulous, so were our guides - thank you!

This was my favorite tour of a 3 week visit in Spain. Marc and Alex (the driver) are fantastic. They were both very knowledgeable and I felt completely comfortable at all times with Alex driving the van.

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!

This was a lovely way to spend the day - get out of the city and e llore lesser known areas - the towns were charming and had very interesting histories as well.