Amazing trips from Barcelona: Volcanoes and Medieval Towns

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!

Trips from Barcelona - Besalu

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 too 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.

As you can see I know many tricks to make your holidays to Spain and your trip from Barcelona a great experience. Contact me and I will help you plan your trip to Spain!


By |2018-10-26T07:00:11+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Outdoor activities in Spain, Trips from Barcelona, Visit Spain|4 Comments

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  1. budget jan April 12, 2013 at 1:45 AM - Reply

    I am so glad you did this post. We really loved our visit to Spain last year, but we did not go to the north of the country. We hope to swing a house-sit in the area one day and spend a lot of time there exploring the hills and even across to Santiago. Will look you up when it happens 🙂

    • Maria April 12, 2013 at 11:27 AM - Reply

      That would be nice. I think the south is beautiful and very popular among tourists, but visiting the north it’s definetely worth it. Oviedo, Gijón, San Sebastian are nice spots.
      If you finally decide to come back to Spain and go to Santiago, think about the option of getting there walking through the ‘Camino de Santiago’ (St. James way). Lots of travellers take this option as a nice way to arrive to the city.
      And the last thing, you better visit that region in summer, as it is quite a rainny area the rest of the year!

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