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Burns Night in La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda

10 Jul

Thinking of a Burns night in La Garrotxa may seem strange but in La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda we like to share our mixture of cultures. Burns night is a Scottish holiday celebrated around the 25th of January, the date of the birth of the Scottish poet Robert Burns. It is a celebration where Scottish culture in the form of poetry readings, music, traditional dances and Scottish cuisine are the protagonists. We find Burns night all over the world wherever there’s a Scotsman, and this is the case in La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda. Read more

Nature

Environmental libraries of La Garrotxa outside their walls

10 Jul

Although it might seem counterintuitive that a library, which is a building in which books are kept, should go outside its walls, for decades now public, university and specialist libraries, etc. have gradually been changing roles. Against this background of constant change, these true chameleons are able to survive because of their ability both to adapt to their surroundings and to meet the needs of any situation: either by offering traditional loan and document consultation services, or also, and increasingly, through involvement in projects associated with access to digital collections, virtuality and social networks, and to experimental projects such as bibliolabs and through collaboration with citizens’ science networks, etc. Read more

Events

La Garrotxa is waiting for you

10 Jul

This territory always awaits you and now, given the present events, more than ever. Zero risk doesn’t exist, but every tourist destination must guarantee the maximum possible security for its tourists and visitors, in close collaboration with the health authorities. To make this possible, from Turisme Garrotxa we’ve worked on the following aspects: Read more

Nature

La Garrotxa: a land of healthy living

10 Jul

Food in different countries is defined, among other factors, by territory, tradition, history and economy. Food is an element of cultural identity. Throughout the years, the Mediterranean diet has proven to be one of the healthiest in the world. It is considered one of the most nutritionally balanced, enriched and one that offers the pleasure of enjoying tasty dishes. Olive oil, legumes, fruit and vegetables, meat and fish, among other high quality and fresh products, are all part of the Mediterranean diet which is listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Read more

Events

The light of La Garrotxa, a photographic paradise

10 Jul

My name is Carles Alonso and I am a landscape and travel photographer. As such, my goal is to capture and convey the beauty of a place through images that awaken in the viewer a curiosity to discover it. Read more

Culture

Sismògraf, the festival that detects movement

10 Jul

The Sismògraf is the marketplace and festival of dance in Catalonia. For four days, national and international companies meet in Olot, which becomes the epicentre of this art. Dance exhibitions are held in different venues around the city, but also in the squares and streets, with free performances for all types of public. People from all over Catalonia come to La Garrotxa, both dance enthusiasts and families who don’t want to miss this experience. The public is mainly Catalan, although every year dozens of international promoters in the sector also come eager to discover new dance proposals. Read more

Culture

Old routes, paths of the future

10 Jul

From the beginning of humanity we have followed in the footprints of our forebearers along the routes that geology and forests have timidly allowed us to pass through, and via these routes lands have been united. The great geographer Pierre Vilar said: "Nature proposes, man disposes". Along these primary ‘suggested’ routes, historical and cultural evolution has given birth to houses, towns, cities, and then the need to build better and more perfect road infrastructures. In modern times, one of the most powerful initiatives was the construction of the ral or reial road ( royal road) that left the city of Barcelona, ​​passed through Vic and Granollers, crossed the Collsacabra and went down to the Vall d'en Bas, and then, from Olot, climbed to the Vall de Bianya, reached Camprodon and carried on up to Molló and the Coll d'Ares, where since 1659 (Treaty of the Pyrenees) the border with the kingdom of France had been situated. We have basically preserved two sections of this road, which today have become two essential elements of the heritage, cultural and sportive tourism of La Garrotxa: the (wrongly named) Roman road of Capsacosta (built between 1683 and 1730) , and the royal road or “del Grau” road that linked Vic and Olot (built between 1729 and 1731). Since the 1990s, the old paths have gradually become one of the new elements of cultural interest in our country, both for historians and archaeologists as well as for leisure and sportive purposes. Read more

Gastronomy

Cuina Volcànica, 25 years committed to the cuisine of the Garrotxa

14 Jun

The Volcanic Cuisine group was founded 25 years ago, during the 2nd Catalan Cooking Congress. The idea arose from the concern of a group of restaurateurs who joined and agreed that local cuisine and local products from the area were in need of added value. They aimed at establishing a network of regional producers; create a recipe book for their own restaurants and combine it with traditional recipes. A few years ago, sharing recipes was not at all usual, by creating a cuisine group to share with other competitors was therefore an innovative decision for that time. The objective: to create collective workmanship. Read more

Gastronomy

Ecotourism: a new gastronomy experience

14 Jun

Did you ever taste the elderflower cordial? Spring just arrived and many sweet smells are around us. Walking through La Garrotxa we find elder, with white flowers that invite us to let us go with the sweetness of its aroma. But these flowers keep a secret, and Goretti and Roy want to share it with us: the elderflower cordial. Feeling at home, at La Rectoria de Sant Miquel de Pineda we will have the opportunity to do it on artisan way. And it will be through this gastronomic experience that we will discover the cultural and natural heritage of the region. Read more

Culture

Ésdansa, the most international cultural commitment in La Garrotxa

14 Jun

Esdansa, the traditional dance festival, is celebrated annually in August in the village of Les Preses. Les Preses has become the Catalan headquarters for traditional dance, both national and international, receiving more than 10,000 spectators from all over Catalonia in its last editions. The 36 editions of Esdansa have opened up La Garrotxa to the world by hosting people from Indonesia, Mongolia, Mexico, Guinea Bissau, Nicaragua, Iran, Belarus, Argentina, Burundi, Japan, New Zealand, Swaziland ... Read more

Nature

Agriculture in the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park: working for nature and landscape preservation

14 Jun

The primary sector, due to its own characteristics, is the economic sector that best suits the tarmac where it is integrated. In La Garrotxa, it also plays a key role in the production of zero-kilometer foods. Let's know a bit better about farming in the Natural Park. Read more

Nature

La Garrotxa, pioneers in promoting the use of shared electric mobility

14 Jun

At the beginning of 2019 Som Mobilitat and the associations: Turisme Garrotxa and Turisme Rural de la Garrotxa reached an agreement which aimed to enhance collaboration by providing people with shared electric mobility when staying at the associated tourist lodging. The agreement meant that both organizations were able to progress with the same objective: that of providing all those arriving by public transport with a need to rent a car while staying in the area of  La Garrotxa with sustainable mobility of some kind.  Read more

Nature

La Garrotxa, land of bicycles

14 Jun

One of the characteristics of an advanced society in this day and age is that it is totally dependent on mobility. There is a range of mobility options at present, both for daily journeys to work, but also travel during our leisure time or when touring. Having said this, it is not fair for future generations the way we take for granted our apparent right to be able to move around whenever we feel like doing so and in whatever vehicle. This is why sustainable mobility is one of the biggest challenges of our century. Read more

Culture

Postcard landscape in La Garrotxa

25 Jul

The name ‘Garrotxa’ comes from old Catalan, meaning “hard and difficult land”. It refers to an abrupt and mountainous terrain, with beautiful landscapes like the one found in the volcanic area in Olot. Read more

Gastronomy

One day at the farm

25 Jul

Cows, pigs, lambs, poultry, rabbits, poultry, vegetable gardens, eggs, milk ... wanting to know the origin of what we eat, is what attracts more and more people to the farm. Read more