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From Sant Sebastià to Tamariu

A nature paradise.

We drive in the direction of Llafranc Tamariu up to the lighthouse of El Fra de Sant Sebastia. It was built in 1857 and is still the most strongly light tower on the Spanish Mediterranean coast. From the Sant Sebastia lighthouse you have a spectacular view over the land and sea. Deep down below you see the small boats in the harbour of Llafranc. The slice of view above is of Cape Sant Sebastià the baroque chapel of Ermita de Sant Sebastià from the 18th century. In addition, you’ll also spot the hotel and restaurant “El Far”. The breath taking view from the terrace of the iridescent Mediterranean Sea in many different shades of blue with its rocky coves bordered by pine forests and caves is fascinating. Originally, the hotel was a guard and lighthouse with a hermitage from the 15th century. In 1999 the building was renovated and turned into a small hotel. This exposed location attracts many a wedding.

From here we look to take the coastal path – camins de ronda (GR 92: red and white marking) to the Bay of Tamariu. The route is marked as 1.5 hours and starts right behind the Ermita. It’s already afternoon. The sun shines high in the sky. The glistening azure sea is below us, framed by rocks and the green of the Blue Agave. Agave flower stems project into the blue sky. Seagulls circle. After a short stretch along the cliffs and many steps, we dive into the cool of the pine forest. Good footwear is advisable. The path winds its way towards the coast from time to time, until it reappears in a clearing out of the shadows. A part of it leads along the gardens into the glistening sun. Divergent paths are marked with a cross through red and white flags and run into dead ends. After about 10 minutes our trail turns right. You can already glimpse the sunshine through the trees the sea. In the garden next to the road there are grazing ponies. Flowering thistles line the gorge.

Blooming flowers next to the ocean.

The shady path now leads steeply down into Cala Pedrosa. Solitude welcomes us the cove. Two fishermen huts stand at the edge. The sign on the cottage advertises daily refreshments and snacks in the summer or on the weekends. The bay is bordered by blank sea washed stones. The cool sea lures us. We plunge into the water. Crystal clear waves ripple among the rocks. The highest part of the cliff is called the “cavall”, the horse, and they say that the image of Stalin appears from the boat. We enjoy the refreshing tingle on the skin. In the distance there is a boat. No one else. It’s June – on a Friday afternoon before the season. Paradise. We are now ready for the climb out of the bay. Step by step over roots and stones and sharply up the cinnamon coloured cliffs. The road is wider and now runs straight up to Mirador. Here you can reach the promontory to the sea again.

Spectacular ocean view.

We continue to move in the direction of Tamariu. Before long, there is a picturesque bay in front of us. The path now leads through large rock plateaus along the sea. Here we pass a couple of sitting anglers in the afternoon sun. The colours of the rocks change from green to dark pink and ocher mud to anthracite. The blue of the sea is ever darker. The sun slowly dips. We long for a cold sparkling water or coffee on ice. Soon we reach the beach of Tamariu. Most bathers here are locals. In the beach hotel cafe there are enough free places and finally we gulp gallons of cold water. Next to us, the village pensioners sit gossiping at the coffee shop. The season is approaching- but there is still the relaxed calm before the storm. Here we want to relax and dream away the day.

The beautiful beach of Tamariu.

But the return journey is waiting for us. Up and down steep terrain for an additional 1.5 hours. We get back on track after half an hours’ break. The sinking sun has changed the colour of the bay. There is now movement in Cala Pedrosa. Grandmother, mother and child splash around in the shallow water of the bay. Grandpa has shut up the fishing cabin and set up the garden chairs in front. On Friday evening, the weekend begins operation. We chat briefly with the old man and order a refreshment. Olives we get for free. More guests he expects the next day. Since the cove has no access, the only access is via boat or on foot via a steep path.We are gearing up for the steep climb to the lighthouse. After an hour uphill back to the car we are exhausted. The light orange hue of the evening colours the bay.Conclusion: A lovely trip for which you should allow time, top conditions, a swimsuit, walking shoes and plenty of water.Gorgeous scenery and spectacular views of the sea and the rocks are well worth the effort.

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