Olot audio tour: Montsacopa: A Volcano in the Centre of the City

Montsacopa: A Volcano in the Centre of the City

Walking Tour

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60 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Do you want to walk in the crater of a volcano? Do you want to touch volcanic rocks? You can if you join me on this walk through La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park, in the centre of the Catalan city of Olot. I’ll let you in on Volcà del Montsacopa’s secrets along the way. Did you know that the wider region has 40 volcanoes and more than 20 lava flows?

We’ll follow a historical trail around the cater to the two watchtowers at the top and the church inside the crater itself. You’ll be rewarded with amazing 360º views of the area as you wind your way around the crater.

I’ll point out the Pyrenees mountain range and the great green valleys of Olot as you go, and tell you:

• Why there are so many volcanoes at La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park
• What happened during the last eruption here about 100 000 years ago
• Why there are so many vegetable gardens around the volcano
• Why there is a church in the volcano crater

This tour is the easiest way to understand the amazing landscape of La Garrotxa, known as “Catalonia’s Little Switzerland”. Make sure it’s on your itinerary!

Tour Producer

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Beth Cobo

Born in Barcelona… but in love with la Garrotxa, Pyrenees, Catalonia. Guiding walking groups in Natural Parks from around the world is my passion. I'm a naturalist 2.0: you can find me with a notebook, a camera and a butterfly net on the field, or in a social network sharing photos.

Major Landmarks

  • La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone National Park

Directions to Starting Point

Once in the city of Olot, you have to look for the Montsacopa parking area or Cemetery. Here you can leave your car and start the walking itinerary.
If you get to Olot by bus, the municipal tourist office is 5 min away. Signposted walking directions from there.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

There is a terrace bar on top of the volcano, with great views over the valley.

Best time of day

The walk can be done at any time.
The sunset from top of the volcano gives you a wonderful colours.

Precautions

You need to wear sport shoes or comfortable shoes.
It is a nature reserve, respect the regulations of the Natural Park

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Montsacopa: A Volcano in the Centre of the City