La Garrotxa, Spain
The Garrotxa county in north-eastern Spain is part of the province of Girona, in Catalonia. The southern half of the county is known for the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, a green, hilly landscape dotted with 40 extinct volcanoes, which make the area great for hiking and biking.
As we go north the scenery changes: in the Alta Garrotxa, north of the river Fluvià, abrupt gorges and deep cliffs mark the dramatic landscape, which has been declared a Space of Natural Interest.
The entire area is known for its bucolic, rural landscape: from farmlands and fields to the deep forests that surround the valleys of Bas, Hostoles and Bianya, to charming rural villages like Sant Esteve d’en Bas, whose church dates back to the 12th century, or Besalú, a medieval village with a historic Jewish Quarter.
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