On the way to Cadeques, Spain (home of Salvador Dali) we stopped at a little village called Besalu. It was such a joy to see the ancient little village without the tourists. The village swelled with pride over it’s heritage.
Our drive to Cadeques was sobering. We WOULD have been cycling this and when we saw the narrow winding road up the mountain we realised how much easier it is by car!
Cadeques is the home of Salvidor Dali who loved to paint the village in cubism style. It is so romantic and lovely to bask in the sunshine, drinking wine looking over the beach. Although, the beach consists of rocks bigger than your hands and people are LAYING on them. I stuck to the pool in the hotel I have to admit.
Colin is very entertaining with his ‘Spanish charades’. Yesterday I dropped icecream down my cleavage and he managed to tell the shop girls what I’d done and ask them for a serviette. Instead they gave him a teaspoon and thought they were hilarious. Hmmm. I might leave him behind next time.
Hi Jenny & Colin,
Great hearing about the tour of northern Spain & southern France soon enough. I’m impressed you’ve had a go at driving. We enjoyed Montpellier & Nimes and didn’t get a chance to visit the smaller out of the way places. Anyway, here’s some stuff we enjoyed in Barcelona…
You should try and get to Tibidabo Cathedral (& amusement park) on Mount Tibidabo. Take the train (Brown Line, Line 7) from Plaza de Catalunya Metro. Note, this is a train rather than the Metro, so follow signs for Renfe. Alight at Avenida Tibidabo. Then you need to catch the Tramvia Blau (‘Blue Tram’ nicely restored vintage tram) that runs every day during the summer. A fantastic experience up through an old gentrified part of town and then hop off and walk across the road and catch the funicular to the top of the mountain. Check out the church at the top and then spend the 2 Euro to take the lift up the base of the statue of Christ & then stairs that go up inside to the top for a fantastic view over the city. Allow half a day.
Do a half day walking tour of Barri Gotic – just follow your nose or check the tourist office. You must check out two Gaudi apartments in the city. Maybe do them on separate days and get there early. They are fantastic and worth taking time to listen to the audio commentary. One is La Pedrera and the other Casa Batllo, definitely worth the money.
Then you can also spend a day on Montjuic. Take the funicular up from the end of the metro and then either walk or catch the chairlift up to the castle (great views). Then wander back down through the botanic gardens and catch the olympic stadium and then the olympic pool that is perched on the edge of the mountain. There’s the Miro gallery up there too that’s worth checking out for some culture. You can walk all the way down to the Placa d’Espana (where we watched the World Cup final last year) and check the Fountains. We went back on night tour on the double-decker bus and saw the ‘magic’ fountains “La Font Magica” that are lit up at night.
That’ll keep you busy for a few days – have fun… (other) Colin
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