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La Garrotxa

The Garrotxa is a little-known corner of Catalonia, between the Pyrenees and the coast. Divided by the River Fluvià into two parts – the Upper Garrotxa, a rugged wilderness of abrupt chalk landscapes, and the more fertile Lower Garrotxa, characterised by low, forested mountains and lush meadows – the scenic diversity makes for a week of varied and enjoyable walking.

Garrotxa, one of Girona's most verdant regions, features an exceptional Volcanic Area, with 30 craters and a protected space of over 12,000 hectares. A land of myths and bandits, the Garrotxa region constitutes a stimulating proposal for those avid to discover singular locations.

The capital of the region is Olot, located on a plain between the Montolivet, Montsacopa and Garrinada volcanoes. This is bustling town has a significant architectural heritage, despite the powerful earthquake that shook the area in 1447, destroying all the monuments built until that time.

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