Geographically speaking Castellfollit de la Roca is situated
between two protected areas of high natural and landscape value,
close to the region's capital.
THE NATURAL PARK OF THE VOLCANIC AREA OF
Castellfollit de la Roca is the gateway to
the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of the Garrotxa, the finest
example of volcanic scenery in Spain and Portugal, and one of
the most important in Europe. The park extends over an area
of 12,000 hectares, within which there are more than 40 volcanic
cones and 20 lava flows and places with their own unique landscapes
and natural features.
Geologically speaking the area is volcanically inactive but
not extinct, as the last eruptions occurred relatively recently,
between 15,000 and 10,000 years ago.
The landscape of the Natural Park consists mainly of woods,
which include holm oaks, oaks, beeches and alders amongst
The flatter areas are dedicated to the cultivation of forage
and cereals for livestock and also to pasture areas.
Castellfollit de la Roca is also a stone's
throw away from the Area of Natural Interest of the High Garrotxa,
a protected area of 33,000 hectares. It is undoubtedly the most
important area of the Eastern Pre-Pyrenees due to its diversity
THE HIGH GARROTXA
Its limestone landscape is markedly rugged, characterised by
cliffs and rock walls which plunge into deep valleys. Holm oak
woods predominate, with contrasting areas of oak groves.
The High Garrotxa also contains a wealth of national
heritage: country houses, villages, hermitages, and charcoal
burners' camps can be found on the paths which wind their
way through the area.
Besalú lies some fifteen minutes from
Castellfollit, the town was declared a national historical
and artistic site due to its architectural wealth. The "Miqvé"
or the Jewish Purification Baths, the Romanic bridge, The
church of St. Pere, the parish of St. Vicenç and Sant
Julià, are the legacy of a historic past which can
still be discovered today.
There are a variety of museums (Museu
Comarcal -the Regional Museum-, Museu dels Volcans -the Museum
of the Volcanoes-), a multitude of art galleries, concerts,
a theatre and cinemas among other features. However Olot also
has a large shopping area to offer the visitor. Finally, mention
should be made of the Volcano of Montsacopa, also known as Sant
Francesc, in honour of the chapel at the summit, a marvellous
viewpoint with a perfectly defined crater, preserved intact,
dominating the city with its presence.
The Municipal Tourist office offers guided visits.
THE CITY OF OLOT
10 minutes from Castellfollit lies the city
of Olot, famous for its art and its beautiful scenery. Among
its numerous features, the city's
cultural wealth should not be missed.