La Garrotxa: Natural Beauty And Cultural Heritage In Image

Salt de Santa Margarida
Salt de Santa Margarida | © Joan Díaz Gallamí
Joan Díaz Gallamí

La Garrotxa is located in the northern part of the Catalonia region and is the finest example of a volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula. Its geographical location makes it attractive both for its proximity to the sea, on the coast of the Alt Empordà, as well as its proximity to the Pyrenees mountains. The region is also home to important historical landmarks dating back to Roman and Medieval times, and its rich cultural heritage is one that can be enjoyed alongside the benefits of the great outdoors.


The area of La Garrotxa is home to over 40 volcanoes inside La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.


Croscat Crater is one of the largest volcanoes in the area.

These basalt columns in the area of Sant Joan Les Fonts are formed by solidified lava from past volcanic eruptions.

Salt del molí del Murris

From the Fluvià river valley to the county’s northern limits, the landscape changes dramatically, becoming more contrasted and pronounced, with an abundance of cliffs and gorges.

Sobreeixidor del Molí

This northern area is known as the Alta Garrotxa and is declared an area of natural interest.

Fageda d’en Jordà

La Fagedà d’en Jordà is a forest of beech trees, at risk of extinction in Europe, which grows on a plain formed by an ancient lava flow from the Croscat volcano. In autumn, the landscape becomes a wonderful symphony of colors.

Castellfollit de La Roca

Villages are a testimony of time, and La Garrotxa is home to many beautifully conserved villages dating as far back as the Roman conquest, and this despite the earthquakes that hit the region between 1427 and 1428. Besalú, Castellfolit de la Roca and Sant Pau are the most well-known examples, but there are many others waiting to be discovered.

Pont Besalú

Castellfollit de la Roca is a small village located between the Fluvià and Toronell rivers, perched on the top of a spectacular 50-meter-high basalt cliff stretching nearly a kilometer in length. It was formed as a result of erosion caused by rivers of lava from ancient volcanic eruptions.

Cadires Besalú

Besalú is a Roman town located on a historically important crossroad between the rivers Fluvià and Capellades. It is considered, by many, as one of the best preserved Roman sites in Catalonia, with one of the main sights being the majestic Roman bridge over the River Fluvià.
By Joan Díaz Gallamí

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article