Exploring Catalonia on foot

Last Saturday we hiked in La Garrotxa, a natural park with 3 ancient volcanoes! It’s the best example of volcanic landscape on the Iberian Peninsula. It has about forty volcanic cones and more than 20 lava flows. We had a picnic in one of them!

It was also a very important area in the Middle Ages and there are many medieval villages in the area (such as Santa Pau) that we highly recommend you visit, at least to spend a few hours walking around and enjoying the charm and fresh air.

Then we went to Besalú, a medieval village whose perfectly preserved architecture takes you back to the time of princesses and knights. It has a medieval historic-artistic complex that is considered one of the best preserved in Catalonia!

The impressive bridge leads visitors into the town, with its stone houses, unique medieval Jewish baths, atmospheric squares and numerous shops selling local handicrafts. There are also cosy restaurants where we decided to enjoy a fantastic lunch of typical local produce.

It’s amazing to get on a bus and completely change the landscape around you in an hour, so we’ll definitely be doing this again!

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