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A nice one or two day trips.
Catalunya is a fascinating region. I adore it´s natural beauty. I also love walking through it and hopefully taking part of that beauty with me back home in my dreams and wishes.
I just came back from a two day walk on the cami de san jaume , a new extension of the Camino de Santiago, just north of Barcelona that goes through the volcanic region of La Garrotxa.
Summarising you walk , eat good cheap food, take pictures, laugh, sweat and be happy.
How to achieve such?
You take an express bus to Olot, a small town, at the bus stop that is just 5 blocks away from where we are.
Once in Olot from the old train station you start walking on the via Verde del carrilet which is a route following the old railroad track that joins Olot and Girona. You can also cycle but then you rush past places.
This track goes through a lot of towns. So you have a rest point , hotels, restaurants , shops every 5 to 8 km.
No need to carry much food, water nor camping gear.
So your first worry would be in what town to have lunch and the menu del dia which is a festive occasion on it´s own with wine , three courses of good home cooking, desserts, and coffee for about 11 euros.
After lunch we suffer a bit more walking for a few hours and then we choose where to sleep as you also have nice hostels every 10 km . I stayed in a very nice hostel had a great supper again a supper of three courses .
The track takes three days to complete but you can do one , two or three nights . When you get tired you wait for the bus in one of the towns along the way, go to Girona and there take the train to Barcelona.
This is the bus timetable for buses to Olot from Barcelona. Go to http://www.teisa-bus.com/web/horaris/L9.PDF
For buses along the track that goes from Olot to Girona you have one every couple of hours.
More info on the track Via Verde del carrilet
More info of the whole track called cami de san jaume.
It is very easy to do, transports to there and back are excellent , the food is great and the views pretty nice.