Olot

Guide to the Municipalities

The city, located in the Fluvià valley, is surrounded by four volcanic cones (Montsacopa, Montolivet, las Bisaroques and la Garrinada), which give it a very peculiar irregular profile. In addition, the basalt flows of lava have given the city more than twenty fountains.

A former Medieval town, Olot lost much of its historic heritage with the 1427 earthquakes. But several features have given the city its fame, such as the traditional construction of saints, the artistic painting school, the volcanoes, the Tura celebrations and, above all, the beautiful surrounding landscapes.

Olot is the capital of Garrotxa and one of the most important municipalities of Catalonia, with a population of more than 30,000.

The area is part of the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of Garrotxa. In the remote past the volcanoes shaped the entire region and conditioned the natural environment and urban landscape forever.

From an architectural point of view, worth mentioning are the Renaissance cloisters of the old convent of Carme (16th century), the church of Sant Esteve (12th-18th centuries), the Modernista Solà Morales house (1916) by Domènec i Montaner, and the Mas Ventós manor house, in the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of Garrotxa. In addition, we recommend that you visit the Garrotxa Regional Museum, which the Volcano Museum depends on.



The essentials

- Follow a route through the Nature Park of the Volcanic Area of Garrotxa.

- Visit the Garrotxa Regional Museum.

- See the Solà-Morales house.

- Explore the cloisters of the old convent of Carme.

- Go to the church of Sant Esteve.

- Experience the Tura Patron Saint Celebrations.



Suggestions

  • Region: Garrotxa
  • Province: Girona
  • Location: Batet de la Serra, Olot, Sant Cristòfol les Fonts
  • Size: 29
  • Inhabitants: 33813

Economic activity

The industrial and services sectors are the primary pillars of the economic activity, which still includes agriculture (tubers, cereals and hay for the cattle herds) and forest logging. The land and climate are conducive to crop growing. Industry, which is relatively important, has a very long tradition in which the textile, metallurgy, food products, leather, wood, paper and furniture sectors have been especially noteworthy since the beginning.

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