THE AREA

The natural surroundings of La Deu are one of its main assets, as the business stands in an extraordinary location, replete with natural beauty and the historical heritage of the area. La Deu forms part of the Natural Park of the Volcanic Area of La Garrotxa; which is one of the most exceptional, diverse and emblematic areas in Catalonia. The creation of this lakeland area has its origin in the lava flow created by the eruption of the Croscat volcano 17,000 years ago: the lava spread across the area known as the Pla de Llacs, Plain of the Lakes, which later led to the formation of the marshland area that is still evident today. The area is still unspoiled thanks to the protection given to the area by various government bodies. In 1945 La Moixina and the surrounding area, including La Deu was declared a National Scenic Area by the Spanish Government; in 1982 the Catalan Government declared the region a Natural Area of National Interest, lending it certain protection, and three years later, in 1985 the natural park was finally created.

What began as five hectares of protected meadows and hills, with streams, ancient oak trees, plane trees, poplars and acacias, is today the finest example of volcanic scenery on the Iberian Peninsula, and is formed by forty extinct volcanoes, 10 craters, 23 cones over twenty solidified lava flows. This natural park includes 28 nature reserves, one of which is the Fageda d'en Jordà. This reserve is the most important beech forest in Catalonia, and it stands on the plain of the lava outflow from the long-dormant Croscat volcano. The area is well-known for its colourful scenery, which has been the source of inspiration for innumerable painters and poets.

The heritage of the natural park goes beyond volcanoes and plant life, as it is also one of the bastions of local history, thanks to the wide range of architectural treasures within its confines, including La Via Annia, an ancient Roman road, that led on to the Via Augusta, some of which is still perfectly preserved, together with traditional Catalan farmhouses, some over 800 years old, and the medieval castle of the Estada de Juvinyà.