About the destination
The Natural Park of La Garrotxa, in north-east Catalonia, has two totally different types of landscapes. Over 40 volcanoes and lava flows cover much of the southern half of the region, shaping a rolling landscape of moors– today protected by the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. To the north of the river Fluvià the landscape changes radically, showing abrupt cliffs and narrow gorges to give way to the Alta Garrotxa, an Area of Natural Interest.
The valleys of Bas, Hostoles and Bianya are surrounded by some of the thickest and most extensive forests in Catalonia. The sunniest slopes are covered by evergreen holm oaks, whilst elsewhere there are downy oak forests – with a few stands of pedunculate oak around the area of Olot.
The Natural Park of La Garrotxa is a fantastic destination to learn about the traditional making of local food products. Your local hosts will treat you like at home to show you the landscape and the different products that are made by hand in the region, such as the traditional yoghourts of La Fagueda Cooperative. The icing on the cake comes with a visit to the Ferrer Xocolata artisan workshop, three generations of pastry chefs and now a chocolate artisan!
You can also join a guided tour around the weekly market in the village of Olot to learn about the region’s organic local produce like meats, cheeses or cereals.
For further information and bookings
This experience is part of the 2022 Ecotourism Escapes Brochure (only in Spanish)
The Ecotourism Club in Spain groups together destinations and companies which guarantee, by fulfilling a series of requirements, their commitment to conservation and local sustainable development. That is why it has created its own brand “Ecotourist in Spain” and the website www.ecotouristinspain.com, where you can find protected areas, accommodation and companies which offer their tourism services, as well as experiences and activities committed to the preservation of the area in which they take place.