Medieval Heritage of La Garrotxa Region – Route 2

Llierca Bridge - TortellàWe present you previously one medieval route in the Garrotxa region. However, the region has several point of interest concerning medieval heritage, so we’d like to present you this new itinerary through typical villages. We start from our familial hotel in La Garrotxa.

From Camprodon to Banyoles

Starting from Camprodon, head for Santa Pau, the first stop. This town was declared Historic-Artistic Complex in 1971, which permits to preserved its history. For example, the main square was reproduced in Poble Espanyol, in Barcelona, to represent the Catalan architectural heritage, for the International Exhibition. The main square is then a highlight of the city, especially with the portal of the Vila Nova. You can also visit the Castle of Santa Pau, built between the thirteenth and twentieth centuries, in different stages. Finally, the portal de Vila Vella, where, on clear days, you can see an amazing view on the Bay of Roses.



Mieres, the entrance to the Volcano Natural Park. It combines four different villages, though it has preserved the character and identity of a village. The panoramic view is breathtaking, seeing La Garrotxa and even to Costa Brava. It used to be a hideaway for bandits, which give a real history to it. You can visit three different churches, two Baroques and one Renaissance, added to the typical village architecture. It is also a great spot for hiking, offering charcoal makers route.
Tips: plan at least four hours if you go for a hike and with experienced hikers

Santa Pau

Next stop, Banyoles, with its famous lake, place for the rowing event during the Barcelona Olympic Games (1992). A fresh break during a hot summer. You can enjoy a swim or water activities like rowing and canoeing.
After this break, enjoy the Medieval heritage of the city, particularly with the Plaça Major, also registered as a Cultural Property of National Interest, with its forty surrounded arches. Between the thirteenth and the fifteenth century, the city started to protect itself thanks to a wall. It was pretty damaged during the Catalan Civil War, but thanks to a restoration work, you can still see now a fragment of the wall, to understand how it was made.
The town also knew how to exploit the booming textile sector, during the fifteenth century, by dyeing wool to export through the Mediterranean sea. You can now visit the dyeing market.

There is also a religious heritage, the Iglesia de Santa Maria dels Tures, a gothic church and Monasterio de Sant Esteve, first Benedictine monastic settlement of Catalonia.

Banyoles Lake

Still have time for one more village? Head for Tortellà on the way back to hotel Grevol, the gateway to the Alta Garrotxa. Two main medieval points of interest, first, Santa Maria church, built on the basis of a romanesque church and the Llierca bridge, an impressive single-arched romanesque bridge (Cf. picture on top).

If you are looking for other Medieval heritage in La Garrotxa, you can check here or see our front desk where we will be happy to give you information. Enjoy your visit of La Garrotxa!


El Poble Espanyol with Kids

A place not to miss when you visit Barcelona! El Poble Espanyol is a reproduction to scale of 117 typical building of different Spanish regions. You can then visit the whole country without leaving Barcelona. Discover this monument while you stay in our familial aparthotel in Barcelona.

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Family Tour and Activities to discover Barcelona

Barcelona is a city full of history and activities for anybody who is visiting. Coming with the family, it can be challenging to find appropriate activities for everyone to enjoy. So, to guide you a bit, here some ideas of activities and tours you can do while you are staying at our aparthotel for family near Gracia.

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Medieval Heritage of La Garrotxa Region – Route 1

La Garrotxa region is located in the North of Spain, at the border with France. Close to the Pyrenees, this region is mostly famous for its various dormant volcanoes, well preserved in a natural park. But, did you know that the region has preserved its medieval heritage too? Discover the different cities and route you can visit from our hotel for family in Camprodon.

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Colonia Güell: an unknown monument

Colonia Güell is a unknown work of Gaudi in Barcelona. Indeed, few tourists actually know this particular area. It used to be a textile factory, with accommodations for the employees nearby. Have a little trip outside of the city and enjoy this industrial heritage while staying in our aparthotel for family in Sarrià.

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Discover La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park

Volcanoes (1)La Garrotxa is a national park, located in Catalonia, equidistant from Mediterranean sea and the Pyrenees. It gathers 40 volcanic cones and over 20 lava flows. You will also find typical village, with Medieval heritages and castles for some. It is the perfect place for nature lovers and all kind of activities! Visit this park while you stay in our family hotel in Camprodon.

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Parc de l’Oreneta: the perfect place for family time

The Parc de l’Oreneta is located in the North of Barcelona, in Sarrià – Sant Gervasi area. This park is perfect for quality family time, where special Mediterranean flora and activities for children take place. Discover the history and the different activities of the park below and stay in our apartment for family in Sarrià.

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Visit Casa Vicens with your Family

The Casa Vicens was the first masterpiece of Gaudi, listed as Unesco World Heritage site since 2005. It has been in restoration for a year, in order to restore the original state of the house. Now reopened, the house is located in the area of Sarrià, less than 15 minutes from our aparthotel for family. Continue reading to discover more about this monument.

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