Sant Feliu de GuìxolsJanuary 17 in Spain
After the fun of yesterday's bike ride and visit to the Teatre-Museu Dalì, we had a back to reality day in which we drove, filled and emptied the van, started off some washing and did an Aldi shop. In the supermarket we found a mix of Catalonian and Spanish language labels on the products. It was interesting to see, but it made it doubly difficult to translate. There was also a large range of beans, dried in packets and soaking in jars. Apparently they are a staple of Catalonian cuisine.
As we travelled we passed thousands of yellow ribbons tied to railings, balconies, trees and lamposts, all expressing solidarity with the independence movement and the jailed politicians.
We had a van lunch and look round Ulla town. The narrow lanes with vines growing along the walls of the houses bordering them were quaint, but it was very quiet. We'll have to once again get used to places shutting down in the middle of the day!
As we approached and entered Sant Feliu de Guìxols, it was clear that it was a resort town. A lot of low quality accomodation stood empty and the streets seemed particularly underpopulated. We became dubious as we approached our planned stopover because of the urban atmosphere, but were pleasantly surprised when we got to the end of the narrow road and found 2 of the 5 spaces free, in a culdisac that overlooked the cliffs and a wide expanse of sea.
A clifftop walk ran alongside a well presented hotel complex undergoing renovation. The warm sandstone rocks contrasted impressively against what was now a steely grey sky. Passing by the deserted balconies, we thought of how the now quiet path would be bustling with people in 6 months' time.
Vehicles and people came and went from our little car park, especially around sunset. It was a great vantage point to watch the sun tracing its slow path towards the land, illuminating the clouds as it went.Read more