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Green Volcano in Spain

The Garrotxa region in the heartland of Catalonia has this walk around a volcano in Spain. There are many dormant volcanoes, but apart from the land relief, there are no volcanic tell-tales. It is so green and lush in vegetation with an interesting beech forrest that has thrived on the lava outflows and fertile soil.

Beech forrest reclaim lava flows
Beech forrest reclaim lava flows

Whomping willow
Whomping willow

 

Valley west towards Les Preses
Valley west towards Les Preses

 

Roots reclaim Volcanic rock
Roots reclaim Volcanic rock

 

Old church in Garrotxa volcanic region
Old church in Garrotxa volcanic region

 

Unharvested
Unharvested

 

Fields below volcano in spain
Fields below volcà Croscat

 

Roots over volcanic lava
Roots over volcanic lava

 

20m tall beech forrest
20m tall beech forrest

 

Beech forrest of la Fageda d'en Jordà
Beech forrest of La Fageda d’en Jordà
See La Fageda d’en Jordà

The forrest surrounds a a worker cooperative established by a Spanish psychologist called Christopher Columbus. He did this to provide a greater life purpose for locals suffering from mental illness. This actual non-profit business earns €16m per year but fundamentally changes the lives in a positive way.

This is a map of the region of La Garrotxa.

Also see Castellfollit de la Roca, Village on a Cliff

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