From its fertile volcanic and glacial valleys to the craters and Pyrenean mountain peaks, La Garrotxa is a county that changes at every corner, curve and season. At its heart is La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, a EUROPARC Federation member. This panoramic 'canvas' offers extensive walking and cycling opportunities for all abilities. La Rectoria sits on the Olot-Girona Via Verde, the one time El Carrilet railway, now a 100km greenway that ends on the Costa Brava at Sant Feliu de Guixols. The Cami de Sant Jaume (Saint James's Way) pilgrimage route also passes La Rectoria.
La Garrotxa offers nature, adventure, history, culture and gastronomy in abundance in less than 40 minutes drive from La Rectoria. Garrotxa (rough ground) is encapsulated in the limestone mountains of Alta Garrotxa with its steep valleys and sheer cliffs latticed with footpaths. Contrast this with the seductive charm of the Fageda d'en Jordà beech forest at the heart of the volcanic park. Walk around, over and into the volcanoes of El Croscat and Santa Margarida. The Romanesque churches of La Vall de Bianya, the medieval towns of Santa Pau and Besalù with its Jewish quarter. Marvel at the basalt cliffs on which sits Castellfollit de la Roca and explore Olot's modernist charm, museums and volcanic vistas. And only 45 minutes away by car, pass a day in the medieval quarter of Girona or in Figueres to witness the bizarre brilliance contained in the Salvador Dali museum.