Come and enjoy the experience of flying in a hot-air balloon over La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, one of the most interesting areas of dormant volcanoes in Europe.A flight in a hot-air balloon is a different way of travelling – float in the air in pure peace and quiet and enjoy the feeling of absolute freedom, of perfect stillness, of adventure. Ideal for nature-lovers and for those searching for new sensations, a hot-air balloon flight gives you a 360º bird’s-eye view of the landscape below.
On clear days, the views stretch from Montserrat to the Mediterranean Sea, with the Pyrenees omnipresent in the background and the dormant volcanoes below.
The activity begins bright and early in the morning (in the summer at 07.00, in spring and autumn at 07.30 and in winter at 08.00) with a pick-up from passengers’ accommodation. Then we head for our installations and our take-off point.
Enjoy a cup of coffee on us as you watch us prepare the balloon. Take as many photos as you wish or help us as the balloon inflates like a majestic colourful sail.The wind will decide our flight path and in all we will be in the air for between 1 h and 1h 30 min (approx.)
During the flight we will drink a toast in pink cava, which symbolizes the colour of the volcanoes below, and try a slice of coca de llardons, a delicious local savoury cake.
The flight is perfect for taking aerial photos that will provide you with a memory for life.
Once back on solid ground, our ground team – who will have been following our flight path all the way – will pick you up in a 4×4 vehicle and take you back to the installations of Vol de Coloms, which are for exclusive use by our passengers and their companions. Here you will be able to enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast of bread and tomato, Santa Pau haricot beans and botifarra (the Catalan national dish!), desserts from Cooperativa la Fageda, wine and ratafia, a local herbal liquor.
It is important to underline the fact that the baskets of our balloons have gates, which make loading up easy for older people and for those in wheelchairs.
We recommend to wear sporting clothes according to the flight season ans comfortable footwear. Flights take-off from and land in a field.You should bring along a sweater / jacket while the balloon is being set up early in the morning and after landing.
The temperature during the flight is the same as on the ground. The fact that the balloon flies in the air mass means there is no air corrent aboard the basket. During the winter flights don’t forget the burners
Every body can fly a board a hot air balloon from children aged 5 y.o. and no límit for old people.
We just recommend pregnant women.
Because the weather is more calm and cold. The climate is usually fresh and winds are stable. Balloons can’t fly during the middle of the day because of thermicals caused by the warming sun .
Times depend on sunrise, so vary throughout the season ( between 7am and 8 am).
Balloons go with the wind, the pilot can only control the altitude of the balloon by heating the inside of the envelope with the burners. Stability in the air is necessary aswell as a slight wind and a mild temperature. The only way to get all these conditions is to take off just after sunrise.
Weahter is very important in this activity, for this reason we’ll be in contact 2 or 3 days previous of the flight in order to check the weather forecast.
For a successful flight we requiere light winds, no rains and good visibility.
In case of not enough good weather forecast because of wind or rain , we’ll cancel the balloon ride changing it to another date or just we will refund it if you don’t have another day.
Sometimes we are obliged to cancel flight the same morning due to the wind is moret han 20 km p.h for safety reasons.
No, because there is no physical link between the balloon and the ground (like a ladder or a bridge) there is no feeling of dizziness or vertigo. During the flight the basket remains stable and there is a feeling of incredible ease whilst taking-off.
We fly all the year long in the Garrotxa on weekdays and weekend, winter included, thanks to the microclimate we have in the region favorable to aerostation.
They are welcome to watch the balloon launch.
If they want to have breakfast with the passengers they have to pay 12 euros adults and 6 euros children.
We create sensations and emotions and offer you a day that you will remember forever!
A flight in a hot-air balloon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and we ensure that the whole day is unforgettable, above all if it is designed to mark a special occasion.
It is an ideal gift for an anniversary, a birthday or a family celebration with your parents or grandparents.
A hot-air balloon could also be a highly original place to propose to your partner!
Imagine that it is your birthday or that you are celebrating a ruby wedding anniversary – whilst waiting to climb on board, the lucky person won’t see anything. But once in the air, he/she will see ‘Happy 40th anniversary’ written in hay bales on the ground below! Or written in candles on the coca de llardons, the traditional local cake we try once we are flying. And, finally, to round things off, a glass of refreshing cava!
There’s no additional cost – but the lucky person will come away with a wonderful memory of the day’s emotions.
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