Parc Nou A garden with a unique Oak Grove
View of the mansion in the Parc Nou, in Olot. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 - Xavier Béjar / Flickr
Would you like to feel as you are walking through an English garden, leafy and seemingly uncontrolled? This is the feeling that you’ll get from Parc Nou in Olot, which opened its doors in 1943, when the stately home became a municipal park. Among other things, you can visit a small natural forest of pendunculate oak trees that has been listed as a monumental grove and which has trees of more than 150 years old and 25 metres in height.
Within Parc Nou, there are now twenty plant species. This great diversity and the need to preserve the pedunculate oak grove led to the creation of the Botanical Garden of Natural Vegetation from Olot in 1986. This allows the complexity of the life of rain forest to be viewed. In May 2005, the garden of medicinal plants from La Garrotxa opened to the public.
Also within the park there is the Torre Castanys, also known as Casa Sureda, a modernista building that houses the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park information centre and the Museu dels Volcans (Volcano Museum). The latter explains, through models and interactive technology, the seismic and volcanic phenomena which are so important for the region and an earthquake simulator unique in Catalonia.
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The botanical gardens are a must-see for lovers of ornithology. Here one can see hoopoes, blue nuthatches, blackbirds, woodpeckers and short-toed treecreepers.