Santa Pau's history starts in the Late Middle Ages, when a noble family settled on a hill in the valley, between the Finestres range, in the south, and the Sant Julià del Mont one, in the north. In the 13th century, around the castle of the barony, families started to build their homes looking for protection. Thus, in 1297, the hamlet was granted the privilege to host the market, still celebrated today in the Porxada square. Apart from the city centre, Santa Pau also has churches of different periods scattered through the valleys and hills. The 80% of the territory is protected by the La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. It is in this land where there are volcanoes and iconic places such as Croscat, Santa Margarida or La Fageda d'en Jordà. Every third week of January, Santa Pau hosts the Haricot Bean Fair, dedicated to this unique product of the village.