Santa Pau is, for lovers of medieval villages, a true paradise. It is located southeast of the plain of Olot, in Girona, in the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of La Garrotxa and between the mountains of Santa Julià del Mont and Santa Maria de Finestres.
In this way, in addition to the villa itself, It is essential to explore the environment in which you are, which is really spectacular. Let's get lost in the unique streets of Santa Pau. You will see that it is one of those destinations in Spain that you have to discover and enjoy yes or yes.
What to see in Santa PauPlaza Mayor of Santa Pau
Walking through the network of streets of Santa Pau is almost like going back in time. The town perfectly maintains medieval magic. The old enclosure and the layout of the villa have been preserved, so that its streets follow the ordination of the Middle Ages.
Streets that in many cases lead to its beautiful Plaza Mayor, better known as Firal dels Bous. It is characterized mainly because it is an arcaded and irregular square. Its arches are also uneven, which adds a certain charm.
Santa Pau is one of the most unique and best preserved medieval squares in all of Catalonia.
A large castle is discovered on one of the sides of the square. It is the castle of Barony, dating from the thirteenth century and that forms, perhaps, the most typical postcard of this town. The church of Santa María is also a must, with a much more sober style.
Plus, the streets around the temple are worth traveling and that lead to Portal del Mar. This offers spectacular views towards the valleys that surround the town of Santa Pau and some Romanesque church in the area, such as the Mare de Déu dels Arcs or Sant Vicenç del Sallent.
Things to do in Santa Pau
Apart from everything that can be seen in the villa, Santa Pau offers dozens of different activities. There are for all tastes, and they are mostly related to the fabulous surrounding environment.La Garrotxa volcanic zone
You can enjoy a balloon trip through the region of La Garrotxa and contemplate your sleeping volcanoes. Depending on the weather, it will last between an hour and an hour and a half. It will be an experience that, without a doubt, you will never forget.
During the flight, in addition, you will taste a glass of cava and coca de chicharrones. Upon arrival, a typical peasant breakfast awaits you (bread with tomato and sausage and beans from Santa Pau with sausage).
Another proposal, perfect if traveling with children, is to visit the organic farm in the town. You can discover things that you did not know or thought that were no longer done. And you will also know the Friesian cow breed and how they live. Please note that prior reservation is essential!
Further,there is the possibility of taking a tour of the town or the surrounding area in segways. It is even possible to adapt that route to the needs or expectations of the group. In this way, you can enjoy medieval, gastronomic, cultural tours, etc.
Where to sleep in Santa PauView of Santa Pau
Despite being a very small town, Santa Pau has a sufficient offer as to adapt to the different needs of travelers.
Thus, we can find in the town a couple of hotels, Cal Sastre, four stars, and Can Menció, a small 2 star pension. There is also a hostel, some tourist apartments and even two campsites, quite close to the town.
Another option to stay is to rent one of the many rural houses scattered throughout the area. In this way, in addition to being in full contact with nature, you can meet other towns in the region, such as Sant Joan les Fonts or Besalú.
In any case, It is worth spending more than one day in this beautiful town. On the one hand, to walk quietly through its alleys. On the other, to discover the incredible landscapes of the volcanic area of La Garrotxa.