For those of you who do not know or have never visited Catalonia, it is full of surprises, hidden marvels and landscapes that will take your breath away. Everyone knows Barcelona and maybe even Tarragona, and locations such as Salou or Lloret de Mar for those who enjoy beach holidays. However, those places are just the tip of the iceberg of what Catalonia has to offer. Would you like to discover a natural park that combines both sea and mountains and that has been described by many as the best place in the Costa Brava? Let's take a Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train and travel to the Costa Brava to discover this magical place.
Cap de Creus, Costa Brava
The Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes offers a privileged view of Cap de Creus
If we travel along the Costa Brava to the beautiful quaint village of Roses, we can access an amazing natural park called Cap de Creus. These 13,844 acres of untouched natural park landscape are hidden away in a fishing village that has one of the most majestic bays in the world. This is mother nature in its purest form.
So, let's make a day of it!
As the weather in this area is usually good, we are going to take you on a route on foot. We start in the beautiful village of Cadaqués,
a place people often fall in love with and also where they fall in love with each other, as it is a romantic coastal village. We will take the old path that will show you unspoilt coves and the most picturesque coastal line you have ever seen. It is a 14-kilometre walk to the lighthouse and on the way, you will see the beaches of Sant Lluís and la Guillola and some abandoned vines.
After visiting the lighthouse, we recommend you put on sun cream and explore the exquisite local beaches
. The first place you should go to is Calla Culleró. It is a very special place because of the animal shapes that the seawater and wind have dug in the rocks. If you have kids with you, a great game to play is to spot the animals and see how many you can find. For those who are not into this, there is a small beach where you can swim or sunbathe.
We suggest then finding a place to have lunch. You can either have a nice picnic on a beach or why not try one of the famous restaurants in Cap de Creus where you can taste traditional local cuisine
, like tapas or some fresh seafood.
If you are feeling like treating yourself, the lobster is said to be superb in La Pelosa.
A paradise of great beauty for mountain and sea lovers
After lunch, let us head to a place near Cap de Creus. Very close to the famous Port de la Selva, Cala Cativa is, however, quite unknown to most people, perhaps because it is not that easy to access. You can get to this small virgin beach via Cami de Ronda, a coastal path that goes in the direction of another beach called Cala Tamariua.
Why is this place so special? Cala Cativa comes with ancient history: there are the remains of a first-century boat that was transporting wine between L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (a neighbouring city of Barcelona) and Narbonne in France.
For the final stop of the day, we propose you to visit Cova de s’Infern (Hell's Cove). Why here? Simple. It has by far the most amazing geographical incident in Cap de Creus. Just 10 minutes walking from the lighthouse, due to the seawater bounding on the rocks and the high coastal winds, a cove has been formed. Underneath, it is like a private crystal blue swimming pool where you can have a refreshing swim and, if you are lucky enough to be there at sunset, you can see where the cove gets its name from. The sun lowering in the water turns it into a reddish colour and some say it looks like lava or hell. It is magical and a great end to an amazing day.