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Mas Peracaula

Routes and Activities

Introduction

La Garrotxa is the most tree-covered region in Catalonia. 75% of its surface is woodland; 23% are crops and the remaining 2% is urban area.

The Garrotxa volcanic area natural park is one of the most interesting volcanic sites in Europe. Altogether there are forty strombolian and phreatomagmatic volcanic cones, twenty basaltic lava flows and several pyroclastic outcrops. Here follows a list of highlights:

  • 10 phreatomagmatic explosion craters, such as Garrinada, Racó, Can Tià and Santa Margarida volcanoes.
  • 23 scoria cones, resulting from strombolian eruptions of volcanoes such as Montsacopa, Bisaroques, Rocanegra or Croscat.
  • 20 lava flows, amongst which we find the best preserved lava block of the Iberian Peninsula at the site of La Fageda d’en Jordà.
  • Over 50 tossols (small hills), resulting from interaction of lava flows with humid areas.
  • Volcanic barrier lakes filled by fluvial sediments, such as the Vall d’en Bas.
  • 50 outcrops of various volcanic features (pyroclastic deposits, basaltic lava flows…) such as Croscat claypits, Boscarró, cliffs of Castellfollit de la Roca…
EL PARC NOU. A BRIEF BOTANICAL COMPENDIUM

El Parc Nou is a representative sample of the species that can be found in the Natural Park. For example, the precious common oak wood (Quercusrobur subsp. robur), which easily grows under mid-European Sub-Atlantic climate, but it is uncommon in a Sub-Pyrenees area such as La Garrotxa. Altogether, there are some twenty different tree-like species, all identified by signs, and over a hundred bushy and herbaceous species related to humid oak woods.

THE LAKE OF BANYOLES is the largest natural lake in Catalonia. In addition, it is the origin and the main identity symbol of the city of Banyoles. The lake is about 2,150 m long and the maximum widths of its northern and southern lobes are respectively 775 m and 725 m. It boasts a 111.7 hm² area and a maximum depth of 62 m. The lake and its basin are considered to be the largest karstic site of the Iberian Peninsula and a precious environmental system.

Source: Translated from Parque Natural de la Zona Volcánica de la Garrotxa. Web of the Departament de Medi Ambient and of the Jardín botánico del Parc Nou. Web of the Ayuntamiento de Olot.

  Activities for a weekend

  • Excursions on foot around the cottage. Sant Joan les Fonts: volcanic lava flows, a monastery built in the 11th century, Juvinyà’s fortress…
  • A walk around the Garrotxa volcanic zone natural park: La Fageda d’en Jordà, volcanoes…
  • Medieval villages: Besalú, Santa Pau, Hostalets, Castellfollit de la Roca, Rupit, Vallfogona…
  • Olot: Volcano museum, Museu comarcal de la Garrotxa (Regional Museum of La Garrotxa), Saints museum, Can Trinxeria and Croscat volcano.
  • Charming places: la Vall de Bianya, la Vall d’en Bas, la Vall del Bach.
  • A walk around the Lake of Banyoles.
Events
  • Sant Nicolau’s fair in El Mallol (beginning of December)
  • Farro’s fair, in the Vall de Bianya (1st weekend of February)
  • Kidney beans fair, in Santa Pau (17th of January)
  • Witchcraft fair, in Sant Joan les Fonts (October)
  • Altura festival, in Olot (from the 4th to the 8th of September)

-Workshops organized in the cottage: candles, soaps, composting, medicinal unguents, yoga…

 Activities for a longer stay

Trips to the sea: Llançà, Port de la Selva (Costa Brava), Calella de Palafrugell, Tamariu…

Figueres: Dalí museum, Toy museum…

Girona: Jewish quarter, the cathedral…

The following activities need to be booked 7-10 days in advanced, either for weekend stays or longer stays. Activities will be paid when confirming the reservation but Peracaula rural may arrange your reservation for these activities:

Guided hiking to get to know better the flora, the fauna, the history and legends of La Garrotxa. You may choose amongst the following trips, which are classified according to their total length:

From 2 to 4 hours. Difficulty: easy. Price: 45 € per trip up to 3 hikers; 13 € per person for 4 or more hikers.

From 4 to 6 hours. Difficulty: easy or moderate. Price: 55 € per trip up to 3 hikers; 18 € per person for 4 or more hikers.

Trips:

The Garrotxa volcanic zone natural park:

  • Trip length: from 2 to 4 hours. Difficulty: easy
  • Trip length: from 4 to 6 hours. Difficulty: moderate

Corb’s valley and Racó volcano:

  • Trip length: from 2 to 4 hours. Difficulty: easy

El salt del Sallent (waterfall), in the Vall d’en Bas:

  • Trip length: from 3 to 4 hours. Difficulty: easy

Els tres roures del rei (the three oaks of the king) and Escales

  • Trip length: from 3 to 4 hours. Difficulty: easy
  • Trip length: from 4 to 6 hours. Difficulty: moderate

Sant Aniol d’Aguja and Talaixà:

  • Trip length: from 6 to 7 hours. Difficulty: moderate

Note: it is highly recommended to wear appropriate footwear for hiking and bring enough water. Remember that as a PERACAULA RURAL guest, you will get a 10% discount.

Candles workshop

Aim: elaborate candles with virgin beeswax.

Public: all those people who enjoy craftworks.

Length: from 2 to 3 hours.

Description: an activity to share with the family while enjoying the properties of beeswax. You will learn how to elaborate candles following five different techniques, while you find out more about the life of the bees.

Techniques:

  • Candles with a reed mould
  • Candles by dipping
  • Foundation candles
  • Mosquito repellent candles
  • Therapeutic candles made of Bach flowers

Price: 15 €/adults and 5 €/children (minimum 4 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 8 adults.

 Home-made composting workshop

 Length: from 2 to 3 hours.

Description: you will build a small composter. The workshop is divided in two parts: theory and practice.

Price: 15 €/adults and 5 €/children from 7 years old (minimum 4 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 8 adults.

 Vermicomposting workshop

 Length: from 2 to 3 hours.

 Description: you will build a sample vermicomposter. We can provide you with worms. The workshop is divided in two parts: theory and practice.

Price: 15 €/adults and 5 €/children from 7 years old (minimum 4 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 8 adults.

 Therapeutic and handmade soaps workshop

Length: 3 hours.

Description: the workshop is divided in two parts: theory and practice.

Price: 15 € adults and 5 € children from 7 years old (minimum 4 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 8 adults.

Medicinal herbs unguents workshop

Length: 3 hours.

Description: the workshop is divided in two parts: theory and practice.

 Price: 15 €/adults and 5 €/children from 7 years old (minimum 4 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 8 adults.

Qigong workshop

Description: the art of breathing by coordinating slow flowing movement, and focusing our mind in what we are doing.

Price: 30 €/day (minimum 4 people). 2 days workshop (on request), 50 €.

 Other workshops and massages:

Description: introduction to Zen meditation, art therapy workshops, Japanese massage Shiatsu, foot reflexology, massage Ki asai (caresses of the soul) and reiki.

For more information, please contact Maria Neus. Email: flordeneus@gmail.com. Telephone number: +34 687 759 723 / +34 972 365 890.

 Yoga workshop

 Aim: learn how to breath (adults), to relax, and to stimulate organs such the liver, the spine…

Length: 2.5 hours.

Description: yoga is a discipline that helps us getting aware of our body and our mind. Breathing brings us calm and well-being. Groups of 6 people.

Price: 15 €/adults (minimum 6 adults); 10 €/adult for groups of 12 adults.

1 workshop on Saturday or Sunday: 30 €/person; 2 workshops: 45 €.

For more information, please contact Anna. Telephone number: +34 609 781 290.

 Massage sessions

(carried out by a massage therapist)

  • Conscious chiromassage combined with aromatherapy
  • Relaxing back massage (length: 30 minutes; price: 20 €)
  • Circulatory massage (length: 30 minutes; price: 20 €)
  • Foot reflexology (length: 30 minutes; price: 20 €)
  • Foot and legs reflexology (length: 60 minutes; price: 35 €)
  • Craniofacial and cervical massage (length: 30 minutes; price: 20 €)
Sport activities

Hot air balloon rides in Santa Pau (booking is required)

Horse riding routes in Sant Pau de Segúries (booking is required)

Skying in Vallter 2000 (40 km from Sant Joan les Fonts)

Bike lanes in Les Preses (booking is required)

Climbing in Beuda, Talaixà or Sadernes

Golf in Camprodon, Navata or Sant Julià de Ramis (booking is required)

Skating in Olot

Fishing in Banyoles