El poble volcànic de Santa Pau a la Garrotxa

The village of Santa Pau volcanic Garrotxa

Many villages around Park Lava born on old lava flows that provide a unique material. One has the most charming village of Santa Pau volcanic Garrotxa. We invite you to discover soon that during your visit to Lava Park.

The people living in this region went to work learning materials providing them their land, just as they did all the other communities in the rest of the country. The peculiarity is that Garrotxa is in a volcanic area so, the mineral springs are completely different.

Of the basaltic rocks found throughout the area were born villages, nowadays, unique historical treasures. The bricks have a very peculiar gray-black color and special texture. A town representative of this type of construction is Santa Pau.


You'll find Santa Pau?

Located southeast of the capital of the Garrotxa, Olot, is Santa Pau; a medieval town that rests on an ancient lava river from, among others, Croscat and the volcano in the center of Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.

Surrounded by Sierra de Mont Sant Julià and Santa Maria Windows, in this town keeps a lot of its wealth and possibilities that make it a point of great interest to visit the.

It is the municipality with the Volcanic natural wealth and better all the Garrotxa. All around is the famous volcano Santa Margarida what, right in the center of its crater, over 2 km perimeter and with a diameter of more than 630 m, is the church that gives the name to the volcano, The Chapel of Santa Margarida. Also popular are the Beech in Jordan, a magical beech forest at any time of the year.

But in this article we will discuss the architectural and cultural riches that we are in the heart of Santa Pau: for example, the district of the old town retains arches and buildings medieval characteristics.

The Fair of Bulls, the main square of Santa Pau

In the center of the old town we find a square dominated by the Church built in the XV-XVI. Surrounding this site we grouped the houses and their facades showing a series of irregular arches from the medieval period.

Formerly held where fairs and markets and, until today, has retained its magic and events Craft Fair, Fair Bean, and many others that are held during the rest of the year.

When you enter this place you can admire an undeniable historical personality, one reason is the material of which is built. Black and gray tonalities admired in their bricks and pieces of its facades.

The Church of Santa Maria stands on top of St. Paul at the height of Croscat

It is also known by the name ofParish Church of St. Paul, is one of those places where you go when you do not want to leave. The visitor experiences a love at first sight to see Inside the immense Gothic arches with keystones their bright shiny, and all the details that are both inside and outside.

It is a Gothic building that, and almost all kept in perfect condition, has been receiving minor modifications in each historical era. This means that there are a lot of small splashes that reflect a different time in history, Renaissance, Baroque ...

The largest and most visible of this building built around 1.400 is its bell tower that supports. What is surprising in this architectural work is its size compared to the rest of the building. It is crowned by a copper bell surrounded by battlements. Another interesting detail that gives a peculiar charm and beauty that is just inside we find a baptismal font, which on its surface contains small details carved in stone and exemplify stylized leaves. In this way they wanted to represent the union and complicity with nature that had the locals.

A curious fact about the history of this church is actually expected to be built in 1391, but because of some earthquakes during the middle of the construction process did this to stop until 1427-1428. Therefore, in the same church we find parts built in different years.

Moments unique Mont Sant Julià, views of the volcanoes of Garrotxa

If you're a bit more daring or bold, Take comfortable shoes and go right inside a moderately difficult hike that will take you to a small Romanesque building household name for members of the village, Sant Julià del Mont.

It is a section of the village monastery where the old monks who lived there, seeking silence and quiet·mind implementing its simple and austere lifestyle. Here are dedicated to cultivating the land and self-sufficiency throughout the year.

The really special about this place, part of the inventory Architectural Heritage of Catalonia, There are views that can be found throughout the system Volcanoes Natural Park Garrotxa. When you arrive, Get ready to enjoy the magic of the landscape that you can see first look, lots of shapes and colors designed by nature, a real beauty!

To the Lava Parc We love the richness of our land and we want to share it with you. Therefore I propose to make him visit us at medieval village of Santa Pau! We will wait for you!