L’ Escala – Sardines
The Club Nautic L’ Escala is a regular host of international contests and regattas. We take a walk along the esplanade close to the sea, in order to visit the city’s Old Town, which still holds much of the charm typical for Mediterranean fishing villages.
The small, steep alleys with their white houses and their wrought-iron balconies and terraces still look like they did many years ago.
Festa del Carme
Traditions and fiestas have been kept alive, too. For example, there is the Festa del Carme on July 16th. The mermaid’s procession to the church of Sant Pere is a yearly highlight for inhabitants and tourists alike.
Salt – Gold of the seas: Festa de la Sal
A few years ago, the Platja de les Bargues in l’ Escala was turned into a place that might have fitted very well into a time now long gone by – and has been turned into this place annually ever since. When the fishers’ life in the XVIII century and the transport of salt are retold in living pictures, being at the beach suddenly feels like having walked into the set of a cloak-and-sword film. The historical staging takes place in September and is accompanied by traditional music and dances.
Anchovies L’ Escala
Anxoves (Catalan) – anchoa (Spanish) – or anchovies are the most typical product of L’Escala and are loved well beyond the borders of said region. Furthermore, they are a delicious souvenir. Ever since the 18th century, fresh anchovies have been preserved in salt.
Sea view included!
L’ Escala has now become even more attractive: A pedestrian area with many restaurants and cafés was built directly by the sea, around the small beach of the old town. Here you can now enjoy your stroll, relax in the sun or finish off the day with a drink at sunset, overlooking the bay of Roses. In addition, modern benches and sun terraces with cosy seating elements at Carrer Platia and Carrer del Port are a real enrichment for the city.
In L’ Escala, there are many places to dine. The cuisine is traditional, and fish is a major component of most dishes. After our long time out on the boat, we decide to have a late lunch. We especially like the lunch served in the Hotel and Restaurant el Roser, which can be found close to the Carrer Església, and the view from the Terrasse des 1869. Good places to eat can also be found in the fishery harbour. On weekdays, the menu is available for 10 €. On Thursday s, an excellent Paella is part of the menu. L’Escala is always worth a visit.