Beautiful Besalú, extinct volcanoes, soaring eagles and the lake
People have been walking the Pyrenean foothills in northern Spain for millennia and you will be following in the footsteps of carters (traginers), charcoal burners (carboners), priests, bandits, peasants and smugglers who walked these paths day and night, rain or shine. Nowadays, you are only likely to meet other walkers on the smooth-worn cobbles – although the odd shepherd might wish you the time of day – since the ancient tracks of La Garrotxa are quiet and still for most of the year, and no longer bustle with life as they once did.
This walk into unspoilt Catalonia passes through beautifully preserved medieval towns and villages (Besalú, Santa Pau, Rupit), and you can enjoy the region’s unique cuisine (Cuina Volcanica), product of its rich, fertile soil. The route takes you through the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park with its numerous (now extinct) volcanoes, winding up through the beech woods to the rolling pastures of the El Cabrerès plateau. The views are over the Catalonian hills and the towering heights of Mt. Puigsacalm to the majestic Pyrenees, before an astonishing day along the cliffs of the Collsacabra, across the lake of Sau by small boat and a night in a Parador overlooking the lake – from which you should see the church tower of a long-drowned village.
Walked by On Foot staff: Simon, Debbie and Mary
Please note that the minimum party size on this route is two people.
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The drama of La Garrotxa
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