A few weeks ago I was visiting the Fageda d’en Jordà with a friend. The forest wasn’t in the best autumn colors but besides that we had a great time chatting and strolling around this unique place.
The trees are growing over the lava flow from the Croscat volcano; and the area is dotted with small hills of variable sizes, known locally as “tossols.” The high temperature lava flowed over a wetland, evaporating all moisture upon contact. The steam entered the lava, distorting and eventually cracking the partially solidified crust. The result is the varying bulges on the landscape we can see, covered with fragments of basalt.
The forest is part of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Zone of the Garrotxa Territory. If you like nature, live in Catalonia, or are planning to visit Barcelona and the surrounding area, I definitely recommend making a detour to this beautiful forest. You will enjoy it!