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La Garrotxa – A walk through autumn woods

Looking into the blue sky

Autumn comes, the summer is past, winter will come soon, too. The November weather on the Costa Brava was perfect for the coloured leaves: As these need low temperature in the night and high during the day as well as intensive sunlight. Rarely have we seen such a beautiful November accompanied with this vivid colours.

The Hidden Life of Trees

“The hidden life of trees”. Peter Wohlleben decrypted it, so that his book became a bestseller. Peter Wohlleben is German’s most famous forester. In his book he shares his deep love of woods and forest and appear at the top of the bestseller lists. It will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods. Not looking for disenchantment but for the magic! In keeping with the romantics, we want to hang loose – the reason why we replace the beach walk in November with a walk in the forest: instead of shells, we collect coloured leaves and mushrooms.

Perfect autumn weather

With every coloured tree we see, we get more fascinated by nature.

The healing power of the forest

The forest relaxes and lowers blood pressure. Inhaling the scent of pines, it strengthens the immune system and leaves the thoughts calm. Rustling sound of fallen leaves. A gentle breeze. Soft moss beneath our feet. Light and shadows do a round dance. “You can communicate with trees like you do with your brothers. Forests are silent. However, they are not dumb. It doesn’t matter who is coming, they make feel everyone better,” Erich Kästner said once.
In Peter Wohlleben’s book, the readers will begin to recognize trees for what they are, told with scientific competence and fairy tale-like: This book is his declaration of love to the forest, told by trees, which communicate with each other, have feelings and a memory …

Bridge over not so troubled water

Thinking of Peter Wohlleben, we can almost feel the strong connection the trees have with each other.

La Fageda d’en Jordà

Joan Maragall (1860 – 1911), one of the most important promoters of the renewal of Catalan culture at the end of 19th century, was fascinated by the singularity of the beech grove. In his poem “La Fageda d’en Jordà“ he praises the calmness and beauty, which any visitor falls for. The lonesome walker that unconsciously starts to count and slows down his steps, sinking into the luscious green and abandoning himself to the sweet oblivion of the world; finally, becoming a prisoner of the grove…
Fageda d’en Jordà – this is not only the name of a poem of the famous Catalan poet Joan Maragall, but also of a legendary beech grove near Olot.

Falling for the beauty of the woods

We are falling in love with the beauty of the forest.

The labyrinth of trees

We get into the adventure and find ourselves already in the middle of the forest. A fabulous canopy of leaves above our heads. The dark trunks structure the green, yellow and red. Sun reflexes dance around. Grouchy boulders are scattered on the lava ground, littered with leaves. Is it behind these stones where the goblins hide themselves, protagonists of numerous legends? We prefer not to leave the red marked pathway number 1 to find out more; more than one got lost in labyrinth of trees.

The labyrinth of trees

One can get lost easily in the labyrinth of trees.

A source of inspiration

Haven’t we just listened, unconsciously, to the rhythm of our steps? Haven’t we looked up to the green tree tops for too long now? The magic of this place is undeniable. It is not surprising that this singular forest has not only inspired poets but also painters, for example Olot’s famous school of country painters. In less than an hour we perambulated the marked walking trail and, full with new impressions, get back to the car. This time, La Fageda has released us.
In La Garrotxa you can find plenty of restaurants with good regional cuisine, for example in the picturesque medieval village of Santa Pau.

The trees as an inspirational source

The magic of the woods has inspired many artists.

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