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Besalu to Olot Walking track

Listed under Walking in Catalunya, Spain.

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I walked in Catalonia earlier in the summer, rechecking and renewing our route there and my passion for Catalonia was well and truly re-ignited.

This walk begins in the beautifully preserved medieval town of Besalu and explores the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, just inland of the Costa Brava and where tourists rarely tread. Those who do are in search of the quiet life (just like me!) and here, amongst the dramatic landscape of ancient (and extinct!) volcanoes and massive cliff faces (some with a 500 metre drop), there’s peace in abundance. The walk ends in Olot.

For me, highlights of this walk include the magnificent walk along cliff tops and through meadows surrounded by the mountains of the Pyrennees, via a robber’s hideout (a natural cleft in the ground), and I most enjoy the warm welcome from local people, eating from tables laden with Catalan delicacies.

Walk from Besalu to Sta Pau, to Sant Feliu, to La Salut, to Joanetes to Olot.

Written by  Simon Scutt.

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Hi a group of us walked from Besalu to Aguafreda via Santa Pau & joanetes and it has always been the walk we most talk about.In the past we have walked in Slovenia,Portugal(back end of the Camino to Santiago)France(alsace & Jura).This next year we are consideing returning to Spain and a walk in Catalunya as this handy from the UK.We did consider some time ago walking from Montserrat to Tarragona but were defeated by lack of accomodation on route as we are all old and need a bed on a night and someone to transfer our luggage.Have you any ideas for other walks in this area or a booking agency conversant with the area who could find us the required accomodation.Many Thanks Adios John

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