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In the mood for a hike: Camino de Ronda

Admire one stunning bay after another and having the wonderful, turquoise blue sea continuously right in front of you? Going for a swim, relaxing in the sun and afterwards putting your hiking boots back on? In between, snacking a small treat in a restaurant with spectacular views to the sea and sipping a cool mojito later at sunset?

That sounds great to you? Well then, you will love the famous coastal path of the Costa Brava which has, for the most parts, been left in its natural state.

 

Camino de Ronda

With a length of approx. 45 km, the so-called Camino the Ronda offers infinite possibilities to enjoy the beauty of the Costa Brava with all of your senses. Whether you like to take a chance on the whole path within 2 days – like a professional hiker – or prefer walking only a small section on a sunny afternoon – it’s your choice. But I guarantee you won’t regret a single step!

 

 

 

Insider Tip: Cala Calitjàs

On a warm day of summer, we decided to visit the bay called “Cala Calitjàs“ in Roses, which persuades with a gravel beach and spectacular views to the light blue sea. On a holiday with perfect weather for bathing in middle of high season, I expected the beach to be overcrowded without air to breathe. I was quite surprised noticing that we had to share the spacious gravel area with less than 25 persons. Definitely an insider tip!

 

 

Next Bay: Cala Pelosa

After taking a refreshing bath in the cool salt water, we enjoyed the sun for a while – listening to the soft sound of the sea. Until our rumbling stomachs finally reminded us that it was already siesta time! Fortunately, we had organized a table in the famous restaurant called “Chiringuito La Pelosa“ before. The idea of a juicy paella with fresh seafood motivated us to leave the comfortable beach and hike to the next bay, the so-called “Cala Pelosa“, using the Camino de Ronda.

 

 

Hiking with spectacular views

Having walked only a few meters, I already understood why so many fans of Spain decide to walk the whole path: the views were continuously spectacular! Permanently, I had to stop to take some pictures of the dream scenery.

You can’t get enough of these wonderful views!

But I have to admit that I’ve been a little torn: On the one hand, I had to concentrate not to loose my footing and fall into the enormous cacti and on the other hand, I couldn’t help but admire  the crystal clear water, which sparkled in the sun and was decorated with numerous, luxurious boats and yachts. It’s better holding on for a minute now and again, otherwise it could get quite dangerous!

Restaurant “Chiringuito La Pelosa“

While we made our way through the prickly pears and palms, some passengers of boats in the distance seemed to have a lot of fun – boat party ahoy!

By the way, the restaurant has a boat service that delivers the paella!

 

Sooner than I expected, we reached the beautiful beach “Cala Pelosa“. At a distance, we already heard the chaos of different voices, clacking crockery and the clangour of glasses – the restaurant was at its peak. Whether we had to wait in spite of reserving? Unfortunately, yes. Whether it’s worth it? Definitely!

But the waiting period could be much worse: Chilling in a bar with comfortable seats and views to the sea – even the most impatient of you guys would survive this!

 

 

Paella – we’re coming!

After 1-2 cool refreshments, our names were called and we were brought to our table – with a great anticipation of our delicious meal. It didn’t take us more than 5 minutes to decide what to eat: a big paella with seafood and a few starters, to that of course a wine. As quickly as the starters arrived, they were gone again: A tuna fish tatar, salad, calamari, bread – well, that was tasty!

    

After resting a while, there was enough space in our stomachs for what we had been waiting for the whole time: The paella! Mhh smells delicious … I’ve never eaten paella before – a big mistake as I recognized. I’ve rarely tasted something so special! The Spanish people know exactly how to spoil their guests.

A very special taste experience..

A final selfie before leaving..

Finally some cocktails..

Satisfied and sated, we walked over to the bar to treat ourselves with some mojitos. After taking a few last pictures, we set off back home. Why don’t we spend every day like that? I’d love that!

Pink rockstars in Roses

Carnival in Roses 2017: colourful, loud, cheerful

Hot rhythms and tight costumes

Samba and hot disco rhythms, that is the motto of carnival at the Costa Brava.
People are having wild parties in Roses, L’Escala, Empuriabrava, Platja d’Aro and other places along the coast of Catalonia.

Dancing all night long

Rising temperatures make it easy to have a street party while dressed in short costumes. Salsa rhythms are roaring from the decorated carriages. At the promenade, people are in party mood. Garishly dressed, people are dancing all night long.

Dancing in the street

In Roses, people know how to make party.

The beat booms far out to the sea

Golden knights waiting for their battles, coloured masks laughing into the crowd: the beat is roaring over the sea. People applaud when  the festive carriages, going from Plaça Catalunya to Plaça Frederic Rahola, pass by. There is a lot of dancing, flirting and singing going on.

Gentlemen of Freixenet

The noble guys from Freixenet know too how to celebrate.

The square in front of the harbour

This year, there have been 62 creatively decorated carriages and lots of marvellous costumes to admire. The mayoress gave the keys of the town to king carnival, who would be in charge for the town during carnival time. At the end of carnival, on Monday before Lent, she got back the keys and power.

Lions partying at carnival

A little party never killed nobody.

Funeral of the sardine

The end of carnival is near when weirdly dressed figures wander through the town of Roses on Monday before Lent (in other parts of Spain this would be Ash Wednesday). After the funeral of the sardine, carnival is officially over. There is big fireworks when the locals set fire to the sardine. In some places, the burning sardine gets carried to the open sea. The legend says that something has to be destroyed for something new to arise…

Partying dragon in Roses

The last party people are walking through the town.

This unique tradition has many explanations:

1. The custom is supposed to originate from 19th-century Madrid. At Ash Wednesday, Lent starts. The townspeople went to the countryside, in order to symbolically bury something. Because during Lent they did not consume any meat, they buried pork ribs, which were called “cerdina“. Over time, while passing on the legend, some mistake happened and “cerdina“ turned into “sardina“ – sardine.

2. In the 19th century, a group of students organized a funeral procession, in order to celebrate carnival one more time and symbolically start Lent.

3. King Charles III. of Spain (1716 – 1788) prohibited to eat meat at Ash Wednesday, instead people were supposed to eat sardines. At Ash Wednesday, temperatures were unusually rising and it got too hot for the sardines and they turned inedible. The smell was unbearable. Therefore, they organized a funeral. This spontaneous procession then became tradition and a party.

4. Other legends tell that the sacrificial offering was part of praying for a large fishing.

Nowadays, it is impossible to truly discover the origin of this tradition. The only certain thing is that the custom terminates carnival with big fuss, before starting again next year.

Anysetiers support Tramuntanets in Roses

The International Order of Anysetiers is an alliance of citizens revived in France in 1955 which wants to attend to social responsibility in the spirit of interpersonal care and international understanding. The Anysetiers support those who are in a social need and promote cultural matters.

During the last years, the Commanderie Costa Brava of the International Order of Anysetiers supported many social projects and organizations with word and deed on a regional basis. This year in October, they handed over a cheque of 2.500€ to the Association Tramuntanets (l’Associació Tramuntanets). This association is a private foundation for families with disabled children which, for example, makes the holiday care for mentally and physically disabled children in Roses possible. The current donated money guarantees the upcoming holiday care for Christmas 2014 and Easter 2015.

Tramuntanets-Group
A mutual event in the Cituadella of Roses assured communication and cooperation. Affected children, parents, relatives, and members of the Order of Anysetiers were pleased about the staging of the Castellers de Figueres. Castellers – human towers – are full of symbolism. There is a need for trust in the other one’s abilities when standing upon their shoulders.

L’Associació Tramuntanets (Association Tramuntanets) : 630 838 151 / 660 541 908 / tramuntanets@hotmail.com / IBAN: ES87 2100 8175 80 2300044430 / BIC: CAIXESBBXXX
Commanderie de Bahia de Rose-Costa Brava – Ordre International des Anysetiers : bahiaderoses@anysetiers.com

Celebrate Life

One time or another, we all want to forget about our busy everyday life and want to celebrate life as being a party. This is what you can do from the mid-June to mid-September at the Beach Club called “El Pirata“ of the hotel Vistabella in Roses. Every Sunday, young and old are able to pop the corks at the Champagne-Party and enjoy the sea view from 4 to 8pm. Here, the motto “Champaign or Water“ applies. Caution: One or another bottle will definitely be sprayed among the crowd.

Peer-Roses-TJ-Marie

Our way to the Beach Bar leads along the beach and stone stairs, via the cliffs to the perfect location above the sea including a fantastic view across the bays and the sea. Here, it is enjoyable to let the sun warm up your body and to drink the exquisit champaign in an relaxed atmosphere. The bars are crowded, the bar tables and lounges fully occupied.

pirata-champanger-party

This is how the Beach Bar attracts inhabitants and visitors to a joyful togetherness beneath the white sun awnings. You can observe young, suntanned girls who are dancing to the beat of the DJ, a group of funny men who are trying to sing, as well as families who are enjoying the view at the mountains, the sea and the yachts. The vibes of electronic music are accompanied by a saxophonist. The crowd is dancing and clapping enthusiastically.

Beach-Bar-El-Pirata

Only few stairs to the beach, the clear, turquoise sea invites the visitors for a cooling.
Actually, the party ends at 8pm, but the DJ is open to addition if the crowd demands it. Nevertheless, every party has its end. Suntanned, infatuated by the vibes and a bit tipsy from the champaign, we made our way back. Having a satisfied smile on our face and a good feeling, we are now able to face new adventures of our everyday life. Life is a party, at least on weekends!

Bay-Roses-Sunset

More information on: http://www.hotelvistabella.com/en/restaurants-roses-costa-brava/el-pirata

Erster Beuteschlag.

A look behind the scenes – one day on a fishing boat

5 o‘clock in the morning, Port of Roses. Inky darkness fills the empty streets, dim and motionless spreads the sea out in front of the harbor walls, only a few scattered flood lights illuminate the water. The whole area looks like a sleeping animal, releasing its cool breath in the air. It‘s not deniable, that the latest offer of the Estació Nàutica and Confraria de Pescadors in Roses, where you spend one day with a fisher on his boat, is nothing for the faint-hearted – but the spectacular sunrise over the sea, which you would normally miss, is absolutely alluring.

Noch versteckt sich die aufgehende Sonne hinter den Klippen.

Although the presence of the fishing industry is preceptible everywhere at the Costa Brava, the fishermen still seem to be untouchable – you think of them as those rough, bearded figures, which rarely speak a word and meet at dawn in a grim bar to discuss about the fishing areas of the day. A lonely life, enriched by the presence of the nature and the sea – that‘s the romantic idea of a fisherman.The work of the people, who bring the fish onto our plates, is a well-guarded secret – that‘s why the chance to gain some insight is even more enticing.The project was realized this summer after a three – year planning phase – fourteen boats offer the trip at the moment and you can choose between big trawlers, which take up to four people on board and smaller boats, intended for 1 – 2 people. The trip on the trawler lasts for a full day, including two meals – the served fish couldn‘t be fresher. The small boat leaves a bit earlier, but you‘ll be back around 1 pm.

Erster Beuteschlag.

Catalonia is the first region, which makes this cultural treasure accessible to visitors. It can be assumed, that more and more travellers will go on this adventure next summer. Our trip is one of the last of the season, because the weather will be too rough and mercilessy at the beginning of october. It starts again in Mai. Around half past five, tyre noise break the silence and vans roll into the parking lot. We shake hands with our fisherman between storehouses and wooden boxes in which nets are piled up – neither has our fisher a beard nor gray hair, he carries a friendly smile instead. We decided on the half day tour – for the simple reason, that we hope to hold some personal talks with the people.

Die Arbeit auf dem Meer ist kein Zuckerschlecken.

Our boat is small but roomy, the voices of other fishermen come out of two speakers on deck. They discuss the price for the day, which is too low due to the national holiday. Jokes are made, cheerful laughs and the sound of the licking waves are in the air – no sign of bad mood in the morning.While the rocking boat pushes us slowly towards the day and we crave for another cup of coffee, our fisherman and his two helpers are already dressed up in their yellow rubber suits and start the motor – we head out onto the sea and we‘re suddenly feel tingling excitement.Our fisher isn‘t sparing of words – he tells us not only about the fishing industry at the Costa Brava, but also his personal story. The fishing lies in his blood, he and his brother never wanted to do anything else. Even his great-grandfathers and fathers had this profession – the long tradition behind the fishing industry shows for a moment its wrinkled face.

Die Möwen wittern Beute.

The inseparable ties between the fisherman and the ocean resounds in each of his words. He speaks of priceless moments on the high seas and of his love for the nature, which appears in all its roughness in the face of the rocky coast. A first red strip of dawn now gapes in the night blue sky and you suddenly get an inkling of the meaning of those words.The heavy smell of salt and fish fills the air and eats into the clothes,  we let down the first net just before Roses.A few seconds later, the sea suddenly looks like a blood-red mirror, whose rippling surface is speckled with golden reflections of the rising sun . A sunrise from the beach can be breathtaking – from the boat, it feels like you‘re able to pick the light from the sky like a little diamond.

Endlich - der Sonnenaufgang naht.

After the spectacle, it goes to work – the three men have already begun to haul one of the nets. The talking stops for a while, concentration is required. Like nimble animals take their hands the fish out of the tight meshes of the net and throw it into the bucket of water. We see sole, seabasses and carp, from time to time a shark – like catfish or a small skate gets caught in the net, but they‘re thrown back into the water. You‘ve probably never been that close to your food – you find yourself back at the origin of a manufactoring process, which eventually ends in one of the fishrestaurants along the coast. However, it can‘t be denied that the sight of the animals is not everyones cup of tea. The tour may be interesting and exciting, but it also reminds us, that our beautiful decorated food is based on a killing process.

Der Fang variert von Netz zu Netz.

After almost an hour, the fishermen are finished with the first net. It‘s a good catch, the bucktes are full and the fishers face carries a satisfied smile. On our way to the second net, he explains us, that the fish moves trough many hands until it finally ends up on our plate. He first sells it at the daily fish-auction in Roses, but the customers are rarely the restaurants themselves. They‘re mostly large enterprises, which resell the fish to the next customer. The fishing industry does not hibernate – the boats leave the port troughout the year.Two hours later, two more nets are on deck and we slowly drive back to the port – it‘s the perfect time to return, because the slopes of the Pyrenees are already hidden behind dark clouds.  It‘s a warm goodbye on the quay – the typical clichés are hereby disproved. We‘re a bit cold and a bit damp and the whole car smells of fish on our way back – but it‘s worth it, because you‘ll hardly get any closer to a traditional profession and these moments are the ones, which make a trip unique.

Information:
The boats leave from May – September from Roses, Llança and L’escala. For bookings, contact the Ajuntament in Roses.

Nicht nur Fische werden an Deck geholt.