Our Pathways

                          Our Pathways                    

Our walking routes have been designed to incorporate the best of the extensive network of trails and paths with which the area is blessed.  We use existing, marked routes, as well as other lesser-known trails, to show you the best that this beautiful area has to offer.  The routes have been planned to keep asphalt roads to an absolute minimum.

Since our routes are mainly on mountain trails and tracks, the walks are of moderate difficulty.  To get the most from the trails, you should be fit enough to enjoy walking on off-road mountain trails for up to 7 hours per day.  We recommend that you are active and have a good level of fitness.  Being in a mountainous region, there will always be some amount of climbing and descending.  As a guide, each day we will walk for between 5 and 7 hours, around 20 kilometres (12 miles).

Guests can choose either accompanied or self-guided trips.

For those selecting an accompanied walking holiday, your guide is a native English speaker, who lives in Garrotxa and has a wide knowledge of the geography, nature, history and culture of the area through which you will be walking.  Your guide is a qualified first-aider.  Guided walking routes are limited to a maximum of 6 guests.

Guests selecting an unaccompanied holiday will be supplied each day with an itinerary, along with maps, mobile phone and GPS, as well as the location of the mid-day picnic, points of interest on the route and, of course, the evening’s final destination.  Since the routes do not always follow marked trails, to enjoy fully the unaccompanied routes we recommend that you should be confident and comfortable reading maps and using a GPS.

Pathway to the Volcanoes  (6 nights, 5 days walking)

The route of the Pathway to the Volcanoes begins in Castellfollit de la Roca and finishes in the heart of the volcanic natural park, in the stunning Fageda d’en Jorda.  We walk on average 5-7 hours per day, with a lunchtime picnic every day to allow us to rest and top up our energy levels.  La Zona Volcanic de la Garrotxa is the best example of a volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula, with more than 40 volcanoes and 20 lavaflows.  The geography and climate of the area have produced beautiful forests of oak and beech. Within the protected area, over 1000 flowering plants have been identified and there is an abundance of wildlife.

Medieval Pathway    (6 nights, 5 days walking)

This trail begins in Castellfollit de la Roca and travels through Alta Garrotxa, passing medieval and Romanesque villages, churches, ‘ermitas’ (hermitages or sanctuaries) and bridges.  We walk on average 5-7 hours per day, with a lunchtime picnic every day.  The mountains of Alta Garrotxa are formed of limestone.  The scenery is dominated by deep valleys, rising rockfaces and extensive oak forests.  The area is home to a wide range of species of animals, birds and plants. We finish our route in the beautiful and historic town of Besalú.

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