We’ve spent the past couple of days slowly heading north, leaving Cambrils and calling into Tarragona Port (Porto Tarracona) to take a look at the super yachts and the beach. We decided to leave the town of Tarragona for another time as we have read that there is a lot to see, particularly Roman ruins, including an amphitheatre.
We moved on hugging the coastline and stopped along the beach for a rest between Calafell and Cunit, it seemed about a 4 mile stretch of beautiful beach from one town to the other and I couldn’t work out why passersby kept looking down at the front of the van, pointing and pulling faces, until I went and took a look myself, Tony had parked over one of the stone balls preventing cars from going any further forward on to the promenade. He tells me that he had done it on purpose so that we didn’t stick any further out into the roadway behind and it was not actually touching the underneath of the van. For larger motorhomes, we found an open space at the end of the road behind the beach at Cunit where you could park.
We carried on for an overnight stop at Camping Vilanova, at the town of Vilanova i la Getru, a site we have visited before.
The following day we woke up to beautiful sunshine and headed north to our next destination, Camping Les Medes at L’Estarit in the Bay of Roses and we had arranged to meet up again with Marc and Penny before they head off home. We checked with them to make sure the sun was shining where we were headed and it was, although they had had a thunderstorm and rain that had lasted all night. We arrived in beautiful sunshine and sat outside before deciding what to do next. I took a look at the outside swimming pool with the intention of lazing there for the afternoon and no sooner had I done that when the skies turned dark and we ended up sitting in the van for the afternoon to keep out of the rain. Thankfully, the rain stopped after a couple of hours and we were able to share another BBQ in the evening.
Marc and Penny left for home this morning and Tony and I walked into L’Estartit, about a mile to the beach then along the beach for about another mile into the town. L’Estartit has a fine wide beach and plenty of dive shops due to the group of rocks just off the coastline, Illes Medes, home to some of the most plentiful marine life on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. The alternative to diving or snorkelling is a glass-hulled boat trip.
We stopped off at a restaurant that Marc and Penny had recommended to us, N’gruna, and we were not disappointed, the food was lovely, 3 courses and a drink all for €15 per head. Afterwards we walked to the northern headland, the sun has been shining all day but there is a very gusty wind so the sea has quite a swell on it causing the waves to crash in against the rocks and at times, it looked and felt as if we had been caught up in a sand storm walking back.
Tomorrow, we plan to move slightly further north and explore Roses and Cadaques before taking the coastal scenic road across the border into France.