Santa Pau

Village in Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa

With its tangle of slender cobbled lanes leading past flower-filled corners and pottery workshops to the attractive colonnaded Plaça Major, medieval Santa Pau is arguably La Garrotxa's most ravishing village. A 13th-century castle looms over the main square.

Santa Pau is 10km southeast of Olot, and several good hikes start nearby.