Jordà beech wood. Santa Margarida Volcano and Croscat Volcano

Distance: 9.9 km  

 Duration: 3 h 

This itinerary is circular, beginning and ending at the same point after visiting three of the best-known and 

most attractive spots in the Natural Park: the Jordà beech wood and the Santa Margarida and Croscat 

volcanoes. The route is marked by the natural park with the number 1 and the color red. Get the Teisa bus to Olot (1hr 10 ish), get a taxi from the bus station to 'Area Servei Santa Margardia' or 'Parquing Can Serra'(10 mins). Get the taxi driver's number to call him when you want to go back.

Although the recommended starting point is the Can Serra service area (Jordà beech wood), it is also 

possible to begin at the Santa Margarida service area. Both service areas are on the GI-524 road from Olot 

to Santa Pau, at kms 4 and 6, respectively. 

If you leave Can Serra and head south, you have to cross the road and go down some steps which lead 

to the Jordà beech wood. Just before you reach the wood, on the right-hand side there is a monolith in the 

memory of poet Joan Maragall. 

Jordà beech wood

is exceptional, because it grows on flat ground, 550 m above sea level, on top of a lava 

flow from the Croscat volcano. Leaving the wood, the path goes on to the Can Batlle gap and Sant Miquel 

de Sacot (Romanesque church, 11th century); km 3.5. From there it descends to the Sacot plain via the 

Bassols gap, on the south-west flank of the Santa Margarida volcano (km 5.2). 

Santa Margarida volcano

This is a mixed volcano, which has phases of eruption of the strombolian and 

phreatomagmatic types. The latter are explosive and opened up a broad circular crater, within which is the 

hermitage which has given the volcano its name. Apart from the crater, now a meadow, the rest of the 

volcano is covered with woodland, evergreen oaks on the sunny side and mixed deciduous trees on the 

shady side. The itinerary continues on down to the Santa Margarida service area (km 6.2), crosses the 

GI-524 and joins Itinerary 15 (Croscat volcano clay pits), to the turnoff to Can Passavent (km 7). 

Croscat volcano

Strombolian, and the cone is the largest on the Iberian Peninsula. 160 m high. It also 

seems to be the youngest of them all. For years volcanic materials were extracted from the side, leaving 

an impressive gash (grederes), which we can visit by following Itinerary 15.After skirting the old rubbish tip, 

now sealed off, on the north flank of the volcano, the path descends gently to the car park and the Can 

Serra service area (km 9.90). 

Practical information 

You should carry a map of the area. You need suitable clothing and footwear, food and water. 

Turisme Garrotxa 

Av. Onze de Setembre, 22, 2ª pl. 

17800 Olot 

972 271 600 

Oficina de Turisme d'Olot 

C/ Hospici, 8 

17800 Olot 

972 260 141 

Taken from Palau Robert Routes website