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The basalt cliff of Castellfollit de la Roca



Castellfollit de la Roca sits atop a basalt cliff formed by two overlapping lava flows. Along the route, you will be given an up-close view of a basalt cliff that is spectacular not only because of its height, but also the houses built right on its edge.

The route starts on Plaça Nova square in Castellfollit de la Roca, right in the old centre of the village, where there is a free car park. Continue along Carrer Major until you reach the clock tower at the town hall. Built in 1925, it contains a sculpture of Sant Roc, the patron saint of the village, the village coat of arms and a fountain. Follow the road downhill to some steps down to the bridge, which you cross.

Follow a path down toward the vegetable gardens and then a tarmacked street to the footbridge over the Fluvià river. From here, you can see the basalt cliff face, dominated by column structures with the odd slab to show that the lava had cooled down when the flow was no longer moving and, therefore, did not crack.

After crossing the footbridge, continue walking through the vegetable gardens until you reach a small rebuilt Romanesque bridge over the Toronell river, the bed of which is covered with basalt. Cross the bridge and walk up to the village along part of the Via Annia, a Roman road that connected El Ripollès and La Garrotxa with the Via Augusta.

It is worth going to the vantage point on the cliff to enjoy the panoramic view of the Fluvià valley and Alta Garrotxa. You can also climb the bell tower of the old church of Sant Salvador, from where you are given a good view of the village.

Follow Carrer Major towards the town hall until you are back on Plaça Nova square.

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Castellfollit de la Roca has signs in Braille at different points of the old part of the village.


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