On Thursday we drove to Roses, a fishing and tourist centre at the north end of the bay of Roses. We are staying at Camping Salata, a pleasant but slightly pricy site in Santa Margarida, just to the south of Roses.
In the afternoon we cycled alongside the beach and then up a steep hill to the north of the town to a walk we know up to a collection of neolithic dolmens.
These massive blocks of stone were lifted into place 4-5000 years ago and may have been burial chambers. However despite a good sniff around the torpid terriers couldn’t find any old bones…and the older they are the better they like them.
Interestingly these dolmens are worldwide…the one above is from Kerala in India.
There is a lot of stuff to see along the walk; other dolmens and a clever hut with a roof of overlapping stones and no other visible means of support. We got to the top about 6 pm and had good views over Roses and bay, but a bit hazy and too much in to the sun for a good picture.
Yesterday we cycled to Empuribrava which is a tightly packed collection of pretty old houses built around a network of canals, a bit like Venice but without the grand architecture.
It was very busy being Good Friday and the canals were full of all sorts of craft buzzing up and down. They must lose a lot of the hire craft in all the little creeks and gullies; ‘equipped with GPS’ was a selling point on many of the booths we saw pushing boat hire.
There were a lot of parakeets flying about enjoying the easter break and nesting in the palm trees here.
They are well camouflaged but do give themselves away by squawking very loudly.
The cycle track continues alongside La Muga river and into the Emporda marshes, a quiet nature reserve which extends back along the coast to L’Escala.
This bridge leads to a network of tracks crossing the marshes.
We cycled back through old Empuribrava and past the airfield here which is a parachuting centre.
This is our last port of call on the Spain trip. We are setting off on Saturday to head back through France to the UK.