Cap de Creus – the most eastern point of the Iberian Peninsula
As a Natural Park, the land and sea of Cap de Creus have been protected since 1998. The park has about 11,000 hectares of land as well as about 3,000 hectares of sea. The region is biologically and geologically of interest and creates enthusiasm for the scenic beauty which is hard to fit on a postcard. However, we have decided to capture the exquisite monumental appeal in pictures both from the land and from the seaside.
Today we’re on the way in the Jeep. The first destination is Punta Falconera at Cap de Norfeu just behind Roses. We wind our way on the small asphalt road toward Cala Montjoi. Our first stop is at an abandoned farmhouse with ruins remaining from a tower. Dream weather. Azure blue sky. Little white clouds in the wind. Lush green. Majestic agave blooms stick out in the horizon. The Mediterranean sea sparkles deep blue under us. Groups of white boats separate, leaving foam across the blue bay of Roses. In the background are the houses of Roses, Empuriabrava, Sant Pere Pescador and L’Escala. The Medes Islands close to L’Estartit poke out sharply from the ripples. Today the former pirate islands are almost close enough to touch.
We take the unpaved road on the right down to Punto Falconera. Here we meet with the old patrol path along the coastline. In former times the historical patrol paths were used for the battle against smuggling and for the surveillance of the coastal shipping.
To explore the coast on foot takes about 5 hours there and back for the route Roses bay of Almadrava, Punta Falconera, bunker, Cala Lladó, Cala Murtra, Cala Rostella, Cap Trencat, Cap Blanc, El Calis, Cala Montjoi, Mas de Montjoi de Baix, Mas de Montjoi de Dalt, cliffs, Cap Norfeu.
Today we only drive around Punta Falconera. Here blossoming agaves tower into the blue sky. Our photos say more than 1000 words. Have your own look. We have picture book weather.
We soon continue driving to the bay Cala Montjoi. The small beach is well-attended. Here the building of El Bulli is waiting for its revival. The El Bulli has been chosen as the world’s best restaurant five times. Headcook Ferran Adrià – awarded with three Michelin stars – is said to be one of the best chefs of the present time. He closed the El Bulli in 2011 and founded the El Bulli Foundation. A think tank for creative gastronomy which is planned to be resettled from Barcelona to the bay.
Actually Adrià teaches at the Harvard University and he is honorary doctor of the universities of Barcelona, Aberdeen and Valencia. Furthermore his aim is to leave the encyclopaedia of cooking as a legacy – creative innovative – from the beginnings to the present with all facets of preparation and the origin of food. He also wants to find out the champagne code together with the cellarman of Dom Pérignon Richard Geoffroy. Ferran Adrià – co-founder of the molecular cuisine – is always good for a surprise. In his stead we had never left the paradise Cala Montjoi!
Today it is our own for a moment. Time for a short cooling-down in the sea. The water sparkles clean and pure. Moments of a dream with a view into endless width. In front of us small yachts are rocking at the horizon. Pure summer feeling!
Today our real destination is the last bay which is reachable by car on this side of Cape de Creus: the Cala Joncols. The small Cala in the middle of nowhere is very popular among divers as a pure idyll. Even in high season there are only a few tourists who risk to go over seven mountains to reach the sea.
The underwater world with corals and seaweed beds is considered to be something very special: wild, manifold and been protected. Dark cliffs shaped by the wind surround the blue shining sea.
Further up the mountain is a recently planted vineyard. The inaugural ceremony at Cala Joncols took place only just at the 3rd of July 2015. The vinticulture lied fallow for many years and it will be revived with a local type of grape.
The small beach bar Chiringuito Cala Joncols invites to stay for a while with a cafe con leche on ice, sitting on creative rocking chairs built out of steel frames and fishing nets under shading pines. At this place you also can order paellas, fideua, crayfish or fresh grilled fish until the 15th of September.
Having our legs on driftwood we took a rest at the beach. The siesta is ours and a dream of infinity and paradise. A jump into the sea brings us back to reality. We drive back to daily live. The trip is recommended to people who want to forget everything for a while.
Also with a boat it is an indescribable experience!
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