Meet your guide at your Barcelona hotel to begin your La Garrotxa and Besalú private tour. Soak up the scenery as you journey north through the Catalan countryside to the wild volcanic region of La Garrotxa.
Jump out to explore the village of Santa Pau, where the medieval castle and fortifications offer an intriguing glimpse into the region’s history. Continue past the looming peak of the Croscat volcano and pause to admire the geological marvel, left exposed by years of mining and excavations.
Next, pull on your walking shoes and set out to explore the woodlands of Fageda d'en Jorda. Follow one of the many footpaths through the ancient beech forest and listen as your guide points out native plants and wildlife endemic to the region.
Finally, arrive at the morning’s star attraction, the Santa Margarita volcano, where a short hike into the crater will be rewarded with unforgettable views over the surrounding volcanoes. Spend time drinking in the views and admiring the ruins of a 10th-century chapel at the center of the crater, then re-fuel with a picnic lunch (not provided: please bring your own), gazing out over the volcanic landscapes.
After lunch, continue to the nearby village of Besalú and set out to explore the medieval town on a walking tour. Learn how the fortified town was an important trade center during the Middle Ages as you admire the Romanesque architecture and take in the views from the 10th-century walls. Stroll around the Jewish Quarter, peek into the old synagogue and visit the monastery, then admire monumental landmarks like the Royal Curia and the fortified bridge.
After a full day exploring La Garrotxa, return to Barcelona and end your tour with drop-off at your hotel.