On Garrotxa Hiking Tour you will discover one of the volcanic regions in Spain, and you will walk among the dormant volcanoes. The Volcanic Natural Park of La Garrotxa is a truly unique area made up of some 40 dormant volcanoes and is considered one of the best examples of volcanic landscapes on the Iberian Peninsula. It is an area of spectacular natural beauty with quaint medieval towns tucked into the landscape.
Highlights of the Garrotxa Hiking Tour
On the Garrotxa Hiking Tour you will get the opportunity to discover two of the volcanoes in the region:
- The Santa Margarida Volcano. It last erupted 11,000 years ago. One of the most important volcanoes in the region, it was formed through phreatomagmatic activity, alternating water and magma. These types of eruptions tend to be explosive, with the resulting crater being particularly wide. Inside the crater is a hermitage which lends its name to the volcano. The hermitage was destroyed in the earthquake of 1428, but rebuilt in 1865.
- The Croscat Volcano, the youngest and highest volcano in Spain, has the unique feature that it allows its visitors to see the interior of the mountain. This is because up until the 1990s the volcano was a quarry for volcanic gravel. It’s last major eruption was 14,000 years ago.
Aside from visiting these two volcanoes, you will also enjoy walking through one of the most beautiful beech forests in all of Spain, which has grown on a lava flow base from the Croscat Volcano.
You will finish the visit at a picturesque medieval village where you can have a leisurely bite to eat after walking up an appetite while enjoying the tranquility of its streets and Stone houses, the local craft workers and products and, naturally, the scenery.
The volcano hiking tour is a medium grade hike. The hike is an ascent to the crater of the Santa Margarida Volcano. The itinerary, depending on the physical condition of the visitors, can be adapted, so ask us for more information.