Today Wednesday the weather had taken a distinct turn for the better and we set off on our bikes again, heading out of Roses towards El Dolmen de la Creu…this is a neolithic structure; one of many scattered over Spain and France.
The path to the Dolmen is only 2 km or so from the campsite. We chained our bikes to the post here and carried on on foot.
This is the dolmen. Erected about 5000 years ago it was used, it is thought, to bury the important men (and women?…who knows) of the time. The granite top alone weighs 4 tons so there would have been a few bad backs when that was lifted on. Later (a lot later) it was used as a goat shelter…No disrespect intended I’m sure but Gertie and Gonzalez did need somewhere to keep dry when it rained.
We cycled back into town and along the seat front, past flocks of parakeets in the palm trees, for lunch in a beachside cafe.
We had the full Monty…a three course menu del dia..sphagetti with pesto and stuffed pepper for me and the boss respectively as a starter then we both had spicy chicken and rice for main course. We finished off with hazelnuts in chocolate sauce and ice cream for me and the Missus respectively. Delicious. No more food needed that day.
There is a long cyclable seafront here, perfect for a some gentle post lunch exercise. Interesting artefacts are dotted about. The main fluke of this anchor is a massive chunk of lead which dates from Roman times.
We explored a bit more of the town then cycled back at sunset. Tomorrow we will head down the coast a few miles to L’Estartit.