I love discovering new places in Catalonia, as well as revisiting those that I fell in love with and show them to other people in order to rediscover them through their eyes. Last month I could do both spending a whole weekend with my boyfriend in la Garrotxa, a region with a variety of landscapes: ancient volcanoes, beautiful valleys, and precipitous mountains. I want to share with you the musts of the route and, in addition, tell you about the cozy accommodation that I stayed in, so you can spend some wonderful days in this region. Continue reading and let yourself be carried away through Catalonia’s charm.
Mas la Comelles is a country house typical of Catalonia dated from XIV century and currently reformed as an accommodation completely integrated in the territory and where the peace can be felt in the air. It is located in a little village named Joanetes in Vall d’en Bas, a beautiful valley surrounded by crops and protected by two mountains: Puigsacalm and Santa Magdalena. The accommodation has a certification called Environmental Quality Guarantee from the government of Catalonia.
Angels and Pere, the owners of the hotel, went through a lot of effort in order to make us feel at home. Angels explained to us every detail about the food they serve (entirely organic and locally sourced), and Pere gave us a lot of interesting touristic information about the region. It was a pleasure talking to them during our stay.
Every room of the hotel is equipped with Hästens beds. Have you ever heard about them? They are considered the best ones in Europe. Take a look at the video on their website and judge for yourself. Another good thing about Mas les Comelles is the gastronomic breakfast that they offer to their guests. Last year I discovered that I have intolerance to gluten, so I have to be very careful with what I eat when I travel. Fortunately, the hotel has gluten free options and they were very cautious with the cross-contamination. We enjoyed the meals a lot, especially the eggs with wild truffle from la Garrotxa. They cook all the food over hot coal, so it has a particular flavor, and combined with the high quality of the local products, the food experience is extremely pleasant and healthy. I also recommend you to take a gastronomic lunch or dinner in the hotel, all their food tastes like heaven!
After eating an energetic breakfast, it was time to start our route. We took the car, and the first stop was Castellfollit de la Roca, a village placed on top of a big basalt cliff. There you can buy typical cookies in Cal Enric. I really recommend you the “llaç” cookie, it was my favorite when I was a child.
From there we took the road to Alta Garrotxa, a protected natural area characterized by steep and wild landscapes. Please, don’t miss any detail of the incredible views on the way up the mountain.
In this area we visited two villages: Oix and Beget, both are gorgeous postcard-picture villages, but the latter is my favorite one. It has a beautiful Romanic church built in the X century, as well as two medieval bridges.
Here, we had lunch at a restaurant named Forn where they make Catalan cuisine, simple and delicious. After that, we took a walk through the old houses of the village, experiencing the calm atmosphere.
We continued the road to Sant Pau de Seguries and Camprodon (Check the map). If you want, you can stop by the latter, because it’s a very picturesque place in the Pyrenees and you can buy local cookies named Birba. But in this occasion we didn’t have time to stop there because our idea was to visit Olot, a little city located inside El Parc Natural de la Garrotxa, that it’s known due to their volcanic characteristics. In Olot, we had dinner at a local restaurant named Bar Ramon that has gluten free options and they were also very careful with the cross-contamination. I invite you to go there even if you don’t have problems with gluten, because the food is delicious.
After a long day, we came back to the hotel where the comfortable beds and the calmness of the place were awaiting us to have a peaceful and repairing sleep.
The next day the sun was shining and we could have breakfast admiring the views of the Vall d’en Bas from the dining room of the hotel. Jam, local sausage, cheese and yogurt made by the milk of their cows… we enjoyed again a fantastic breakfast.
After packing our bags, it was time to visit the quiet villages of the Vall d’en Bas: Joanetes, Puigpardines, El Mallol, Sant Privat d’en Bas, Sant Esteve d’en Bas and els Hostalets d’en Bas. The picture below shows the views from the highest point in the village El Mallol.
And here’s a picture of Sant Privat d’en Bas, a little rural village where there’s a local butcher’s shop where you can buy typical cold cuts from Catalonia.
Coming back home we stopped in la Muntanya del Far, a mountain that I’m in love with because the views from there are marvelous.
It was a fantastic weekend where I could discover hidden treasures in La Garrotxa. If you want more information about the route or some of the places I visited, don’t hesitate to contact me, I will offer you personal advice.
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