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Hola, Bon Dia, El Canigó

Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, Costa Brava

Leaving El Port de la Selva

Leaving El Port de la Selva

I had no idea I would be able to see Canigou’s peaks from El Port de la Selva. Some of the best discoveries are made by chance — leaving home without studying a map, holding only a vague direction in mind. Having never explored this part of the Catalan coast, I prepared a picnic for a ‘sunday drive’ and soon found myself in the midst of a cycle race over the mountains (en route to Cadaqués), before descending to the Costa Brava. On a narrow track, hugging the rocky bays and heading south, the first cistus (rock roses) are in flower; the schist path lined with lavender, rosemary and thyme, as jagged cliffs and stone terraces rise steeply from the snaking trail, the view plunging straight into clear turquoise waters, broken only by the wakes of passing boats…

Parc Natural de Cap de Creus

Parc Natural de Cap de Creus

Inviting waters

Inviting waters

Canigou appears again

Canigou appears again

Passing terraces

Passing terraces

And Canigou again...

And Canigou again…

 The Costa Brava

The Costa Brava

Cistus

Delicate cistus

Lunch on a rock

Lunch on a rock

Looking towards France

Looking towards France

Hazy afternoon light

Hazy afternoon light

Swimmers on the rocks

Swimmers on the rocks

A pause to enjoy the sun

A pause to enjoy the sun

Back to the port

Back to the port

Circuit: Céret, Roses, Port de la Selva, Llança, Port Bou, Cerbère, Banyuls-sur-Mer, Le Racou, Céret…. back to the view of Canigou from my terrace…

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