Side trips along the interior of Girona Province in
Costa Brava offers attractive touring and spectacular views.
Banyoles is the first sight located 18 km. on the north east of Girona. Pla de l’Estany and Garrotxa are the attractive districts worth visiting there.
Lake of Banyoles here is an exceptional phenomenon in Catalonia that is set in a limestone basin and fed by subterranean streams from the River Fluvià.
It has a tectonic origin and it divides the Ampurdan plain from the Garrotxa mountains. The lake is shaped like an irregular figure of eight and its perimeter is over two km. long. The calm waters are very ideal for rowing. The environment and surroundings around the lake are very ideal for attractions such as nature walking, trekking, cycling or simply enjoying the beautiful landscape while dining and wining.
Besalú, one of the most picturesque and most visited towns in whole Catalonia should be the travelers' next stop before going to the Garrotxa Volcanic nature Reserve
Costa Brava. It is a beautiful mediaeval town carved in Jewish culture. The
Churches of Sant Pere, Sant Vicenç (St. Vincent), Santa Maria and Sant Martí (St. Martin) are the traces amongst the vestiges of Jewish culture. The mediaeval bridge is a nice sight serving the historic old town.
A few kilometers from Besalú, following the route of the Fluvià River Valley, there lies the town of
Castellfollit de la Roca worth visiting. It is located on a spectacular promontory. The landscape in the company of a church and the houses is spectacular.
is situated in the dead centre of the volcanic area. It is an important inland town that has an intense cultural tradition. The
Olot Pictorical School is a good example of this culture in the company of charming and beautiful environment of the town.
Trekking, nature walk, hiking and horseback riding along the volcanic area is very popular attractions for the visitors. Applying the information offices and obtaining the best trails is recommended.