The space of Natural Interest of Alta Garrotxa is a geographic unit quite well delimited which it is on horseback between the regions of the Ripollés, the Garrotxa and the Alt Empordà. It is a vast region of the Oriental PrePyrennes, with 400km2 of which 32.865 hectares are protected by the Plan of Spaces of Natural Interest (PEIN) and the Network Nature 2000, and having been declared a Place of Community Importance and Zone of Special Protection by the Birds.
The zone’s relief is of calcareous type and presents a marked rugged character, with the predominance of the deep valleys, surrounded by cliffs and walls of rock. This tortuous relief is the one which gives name to the space: the “garrotxes” are “rough earths and of bad footprint”. The landscape of Alta Garrotxa is truly spectacular, not only by the magnificence of the terrain, but also by his forest cover, dominated by holm oak and oak.
The Alta Garrotxa have, besides, with an important wealth refering to cultural heritage: archaeological sites, farms, villages, hermitages, coalmines… They are dispersed by all the territory and bring to light the importance that have had the human settlements and the traditional activities, agricultural, graziers of this zone.
The space has suffered, since the fifties, a depopulation and abandonment process of the territory caused by the survival difficulties in the mountain, by the devaluation of the coal like energetic resource and by the attraction of the industries located to the valley of the Fluvià.
Today, it is a space where coexist activities like the hiking and the rural tourism, jointly with the development of other activities tied to the use of the natural resources by the local population.
– BY ROAD
From Figueres, it pick up the road Gi-510 direction Llers and until Albanyà. Once there, we will continue on foot..
– ON FOOT
You can arrive for the GR-11 and for the GR-1. There are also numerous local itineraries in the area.
– BY TRAIN
The nearest station is Figueres.
– IN BUS
Sarfa has a line on Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays Figueres-Albanyà
CONSORCI DE L’ALTA GARROTXA
Rectoria de Sadernes, 17855 – Sadernes
Tel./Fax: 972 28 78 82
e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org / http://www.altagarrotxa.org/
All the year – From Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 14:00 h.
It is currently managed by the Consortium of Alta Garrotxa, formed by the 11 municipalities included in the EIN and the three implicated Regional Councils. The delegate of the Regional Board of Alt Empordà is Mr. Manel J. Sánchez Lirola.