Trips from Barcelona: In the north of Spain, right before the Pyrenées and near the Mediterranean Sea, there’s a National Park called La Garrotxa that’s home of 40+ volcanoes, medieval towns and fantastic cuisine. Perfect for escape from the city, enjoy nature with your family and do some good hiking.
If you want to escape from the city and make a 3-4 days trip from Barcelona, do not hesitate and go to Besalú and La Garrotxa National Park. There is no train and the bus system is a bit deficient so the best way to visit this area is to rent a car and enjoy driving for an hour and a half.
Itinerary for culture lovers
Start your trip from Barcelona getting your rental car in the city and head north on the AP7. Your first stop will be after 1 hour of driving: Besalú , a small town with a rich Jewish culture and buildings that date as back as far as the XII century. There are some fantastic places there to eat and have a sweet snack, contact me and I will help you plan your pleasure trip!
You are now on the doors of La Garrotxa, head towards Olot for a good night sleep. The next day explore downtown Olot’s modernist buildings. Get in the rental car again and explore beautiful little towns like Santa Pau, Mayà de Montcal, or Beuda.
Itinerary for outdoor fans
Orientation is the key. If you want to understand where you are, nothing better than going up a mountain! From Mare de Déu del Mont you will see the Mediterranean sea and the magnificent Pyrenees. It will take you all morning to make it up, so make sure you plan a stop at the affordable restaurant on the top and try some of the Catalan delicacies like pig’s feet or lamb chops.
Once you are back in your car you will be free to explore the 40+ volcanoes La Garrotxa area has. Most of them are well marked, if you want to know which ones are worth visiting and which ones you can skip, contact me and I will help you prepare your perfect excursions. If you want to get to know the region I recommend you t o stay in the area for 3-5 days. Your lungs are going to love the clean air of the area during those 3-4 days trip from Barcelona, and there is some great, mild hiking to be done!
An advice: Along with Galicia, this is one of the areas of Spain that gets more rain. As we always recommend before doing excursions or hiking, remember to check the weather forecast before leaving your hotel. And do not forget to take a rain jacket with you.