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Volcanic Zone Natural Park- Olot, the Volcano Town
Capital of La Garrotxa. Its history is closely linked to its natural environment, to seismic movements and the volcanic land that witnessed the peasant revolts during the 15th century and constituted a source of inspiration for the landscape artists who belonged to the Olot School. The modernist architecture and the tree-lined avenues are the most beautiful elements of this town. However, we can also find other architectural styles in buildings such as the Cloister of the Mare de Déu del Carme (17th century) and the Church of Sant Esteve (18th century).

The city is located in La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, which boasts the most important volcanic landscapes in the entire Iberian Peninsula. The volcanic activity is linked to the Neogene-Quaternary fault system that affects the entire zone we pass through on our route. In geographical terms, it is a very recent mechanism, and one that shaped the area’s current orography and landscape. For example, the depressions of the Empordà and La Selva regions, which we cross on our route, were created by this fault system. In addition to giving rise to most of the volcanoes in this region, the Amer fault, the most recent in the system, has caused seismic movements that have had an impact on the human population, for example the earthquakes of 1427 and 1428, which affected the historical heritage of towns such as Amer, Olot, Sant Joan de les Abadesses and those in the Vall del Tec. In fact, the latter valley, which we also cross on the route, owes its current orientation and morphology to a fault belonging to this system.

THE VOLCANO CENTRE. (Ctra. Santa Coloma, 47)
Located in the Torre Castany, a modernist building in the Parc Nou, it houses the Information Centre for La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park and the Volcano Museum 1, which provides clear, educational information on the seismic and volcanic characteristics of La Garrotxa. Don’t miss the earthquake simulator!

The “Beech wood forests amidst volcanoes” Secrets of the Greenways route allows us to visit the most interesting elements within this natural park. La Fageda d’en Jordà puigis an exceptional beech wood because it grows on flat ground on top of lava flow and the El Croscat Volcano which ejected this lava. Thanks to the fact that the excavation of cinder quarries opened up this volcano, we can now observe its internal structure. We can find more detailed information at Can Passavent 3, the interpretation centre located here.
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