La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, Olot

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The Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park is a natural park area covering a Holocene volcanic field in Catalonia, northeastern Spain. The volcanos, of which there are about forty within the park, are no longer active, with the last eruption occurring about 11,000 years ago. However, the region is still seismically active, and a large earthquake in 1428 caused damage to buildings and twenty deaths in Barcelona, 90km to the south.The park covers 12,093.02 hectares, and includes territory from eleven municipalities in the comarca of Garrotxa. The built-up areas of Olot, Santa Pau, Sant Joan les Fonts and Castellfollit de la Roca are completely surrounded by the park. Including these urban areas, the population of the park is more than 40,000 people, and the economic development of the zone is one of the objectives of the park management, while trying to avoid the damage caused by quarrying, urban sprawl and illegal waste disposal. Some 980.86 ha of the park, including the best preserved volcanic cones, are fully protected as nature reserves.
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  • April 10, 2017
    Beautiful park on the site of ancient volcanoes. We walked up 2 of the volcanoes which are now covered with trees. Lots of things to do with young children including horse and pony rides, rides in car...  more »
  • September 7, 2016
    We did a walking tour starting from the car park which is just before reaching San Joan, the first volcano we saw was the Croscat, this volcano is very interesting because in the there was a quarry (which today is recovered) and you can see the different strata, previously were in the center of interpretation which is pretty important to see the volcanic process then we went to Santa Margarida with its Chapel in the center of the crater to finish touring the fageda, Empordà, hard travel between three and four hours depending on stops
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  • August 18, 2016
    For some time that we wanted to go to this area and spent 3 days in a cottage in the area. The site is just awesome, if you're fan of nature is one of the best places to make a getaway. We did a bike route from Olot touring the area of volcanoes and part of la Fageda d' Jordà and forests are amazing. Everything is very green and very lush, there are routes to climb the volcanoes craters. We will return
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