Olot, the capital of the comarca (county) of Garrotxa, Catalonia, is surrounded by mountains and plateaus. On its plains run the Fluvia River and Riudaura stream. Because of these unique geological features, Olot and the surrounds of Garrotxa are more humid than other nearby areas.
Olot is famous for the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park (of which it is a part), also known as the Olot Volcanic Field. Within this natural park are forty dead volcanoes (or those that are classified as no longer active); the last volcanic eruption occurred eleven thousand years ago. The Volcanic Zone includes the best-preserved volcanic cones that are fully protected as nature reserves. The Olot Volcanic Field is best example of volcanic landscape in the Iberian Peninsula. It has forty volcanic cones that range in age between ten thousand and seven hundred thousand years old, ten craters, twenty-three cones, and more than twenty well-preserved basaltic lava flows.
The city of Olot itself has four volcanoes -- the Bisaroques, the Garrinada, the Montolivet, and the Montsacopa. The volcanoes themselves are worth the travel and visit to Olot. Since they are not active, they are good for climbing, hiking, and camping.
Olot owes its excellent agricultural harvest to the terrain and soil of the area. Recently, the city of Olot has been promoting “volcanic cuisine” or the kind gastronomic experience brought by the local cooking style and ingredients grown from the soil of volcanoes.
Though there are occasional earthquake and seismic activities with epicenters in the area, the famous earthquake was occurred during Candlemas, or the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, in the early fifteenth century, with aftershocks occurring the whole year. Though it only resulted in twenty deaths and minor damage in Catalonia (especially Barcelona), it heavily weakened the building structures of Catalonia. Buildings that were not damaged during the Candlemas earthquake were impaired in the aftershocks and subsequent earthquakes. Because of the terrible earthquakes that removed the previous buildings, the city of Olot is left without medieval elements and failed to become a monastic center or county. However, the changing face of Olot has allowed a number of unique and iconic modernist buildings to replace the old ones.
Hostels in Olot accept visitors all year round. Olot in hostels offer packages and tours that are unique to the experience of guests. The city of Olot becomes a center of attraction on days like bagpipe festivals, Sausage Fair, and Christian feasts. Olot offers visitors various points of interest. Any day of the year is good to visit the Regional Museum of Garrotxa, the Volcano Museum, the Botanical Garden, the recreation area of Tussols, the modernist buildings, the churches and chapels, the volcanoes, the marshes of Moixina, the walking routes, the parks, and the gardens.
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