Olot is an attractive city filled with grand buildings and surrounded by dramatic volcanic landscapes. Stroll around the atmospheric historic centre, dine at authentic Catalan restaurants and use the city as a launchpad to Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa Natural Park.
Things to do in Olot
Elegant mansions and Art Nouveau villas line the streets of Olot. You’ll find some of the most photogenic streets around Placa Major, the city’s lively main square. Casa Sola Morales, a striking modernist building decorated with statues, is a local landmark. Cafes and tapas bars spill onto Passeig d'en Blay, the tree-lined main rambla.
Olot is set in the heart of the Baixa Garrotxa region and framed by four towering volcanoes. Well-marked trails make it easy to explore the forest-covered cones and craters that dot the region. The hike up Montsacopa Volcano is relatively easy and rewards you with sweeping views over the city and surrounding countryside.
Discover the city’s artistic heritage at Museu de la Garrotxa. The museum is housed in a grand 18th-century hospital and showcases works by famous Catalan painters. There’s a special focus on the Escola d'Olot movement inspired by the region’s dramatic volcanic scenery.
Spend the day in the neighbouring village of Santa Pau. It’s a short drive from Olot and features an enchanting medieval centre laced with cobblestone streets. Sip coffee in flower-filled squares, shop at artisan workshops and explore the centuries-old castle. The village is a great base for hikes in the countryside.
Getting around Olot
Olot is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The city is in the Province of Girona in Catalonia, a 1.5-hour drive from Barcelona. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Olot and explore the Baixa Garrotxa region at your own pace. Barcelona-El Prat Airport is a two-hour drive away.