Friday, July 18, 2014

FRANCE: COLLIOURE, ELNE AND PERPIGNAN


In the spring of 2009 we spent a nice week at Carcassonne and the Pays Cathare. We also wanted to visit Collioure, a charming seaside village near the border with Catalonia. But the day we were going to go to Collioure was a very rainy day and we had to give up. So a few weeks later we went back to France to visit Collioure, Elne and Perpignan.


Therefore I will show you in this post some pictures of the following villages and towns:





Collioure




Royal Castle in Collioure
From the year 981, the Counts of Roussillon and the Kings of Majorca began to fortify Collioure, which became the summer residence of the Kings of Majorca between 1276 and 1344. The Royal Castle you can see in this picture was one of the main elements of this fortification


Collioure church of Our Lady of Angels
Collioure church of Our Lady of Angels has the foundations in constant contact with the Mediterranean Sea. The bell tower, built during the Middle Ages, was also the lighthouse of the harbour


Beach of Collioure
The Royal Castle of Collioure is the masterpiece of the defense device. Chiefly conditioned by the Counts of Roussillon and the kings of Aragon between 1276 and 1344, it was the headquarters of the court of the Kings of Majorca


Church and the Royal Castle of Collioure
The bell tower of the church and the Royal Castle of Collioure from one of the piers of the village


Old town of CollioureAnother street of Collioure where you can see the colorful façades and how narrow these streets are


Royal Castle and church of Collioure
From the entrance to the Royal Castle you can enjoy a nice view of the church and one of the beaches of Collioure. The stone walls give a very attractive medieval look to this village



Royal Castle and malecon of Collioure
The view of the Royal Castle from this promenade, with the malecon of Collioure and the bell tower of the church in the background, was one of the best views in this charming small village


Antonio Machado's grave in Collioure
Letters and dedications come mostly from their country of origin accompany the eternal journey of Antonio Machado from Collioure to heaven



Overview of Collioure
Collioure is a small seaside village fully facing the Mediterranean Sea, protected on either side by two hills. It became a strategic point along the Catalan coast and therefore it has an extensive network of fortifcacions, as you can see in the upper right of the image


Elne




Cathedral of Elne
Cathedral of Elne


Cathedral of Elne
Bell tower of the cathedral of Elne, built in romanesque style


Elne in France
View of Elne from its old town



Old town of Elne
Street in the old town of Elne



Old town of Elne
Nice place of the old town of Elne


Perpinyà (Perpignan)




La Bassa in Perpignan
La Bassa in Perpinyà (Perpignan)




La Bassa in Perpignan
La Bassa in Perpinyà (Perpignan), this time walking to the old town



Le Quai Vauban in Perpignan
Le Quai Vauban in Perpignan



Le Castellet in Perpignan
Le Castellet in Perpignan



Castle of the Kings of Majorca in Perpignan
Castle of the Kings of Majorca in Perpignan


City Hall of Perpignan
City Hall of Perpignan


City Hall of Perpignan
Sculpture in the hall of the city hall of Perpignan




Some months later, also in 2009, I spent some days in Paris. You can see some pictures of these days in Paris clicking on the links below:



- Paris



Sunday, June 29, 2014

COSTA BRAVA: CAMI DE RONDA IN SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS

Camins de Ronda (Ronda Way) were  footpaths built in 19th Century along the Costa Brava coast to help the police to patrol the coast and avoid smuggling. It was formed from small footpaths through the cliffs along the coast of Catalonia.


Sant Feliu de Guixols in Costa Brava
View of Sant Feliu de Guíxols from the beginning of the Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)


Nowadays Camins de Ronda are a set of public seaside footpaths (belonging to the GR-92) often connecting beautiful beaches of the Costa Brava. They have been restored to provide pretty hiking trails, as they pass through some of the Girona coastline’s most emblematic locations, offering beautiful views of these beaches.

The network of footpaths that has been best restored can be found linking together the fishermen’s districts and the coves in the townships of Begur and Palafrugell, as well as different points of Palamós and Platja d’Aro and the entire coastline from S’Agaró to Sant Feliu de Guíxols.



Cala Jonca in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Cala Jonca from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols



Cami de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Stairs near Cala Jonca in Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Sant Pol beach


Cami de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Wide area to walk quietly of Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols



Cami de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Sea views from this point of Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) were quite relaxing


Cami de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
There are several flight of stairs in Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Sant Pol beach in S'Agaró



Costa Brava from Sant Feliu de Guixols
Costa Brava from Mirador de Sant Elm (Sant Elm viewpoint)



Costa Brava in Sant Feliu de Guixols
From Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) you can see nice places like this one of La Costa Brava 





Besides, in Costa Brava you can visit the fantastic old city of Gironamany lovely villages and interesting places, like:


Moreover if you like beaches, below you have other beautiful beaches in Catalonia, Spain and Portugal:


- Costa Daurada beaches

Barcelona Beaches


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more beautiful villages, beaches and landscapes in Catalonia.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

COSTA BRAVA: SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS

Unfortunately I only could spend one day in Sant Feliu de Guíxols. I would have like to spend at least a weekend in this nice town of La Costa Brava to enjoy more leisurely the beautiful places I found out, like:

  • Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols
  • Sant Feliu Bay
  • Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)
  • Carrer Major (Main Street)
  • Beaches of Sant Feliu de Guíxols
  • Viewpoint of Sant Elm



Marina of Sant Feliu de Guixols
Marina of Sant Feliu de Guíxols


What I liked the most was the views of the beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) and of La Costa Brava from the viewpoint of Sant Elm.

Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols




Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guixols
Monastery of Sant Feliu de Guíxols


Sant Feliu Bay


Beach of Sant Feliu de Guixols
Beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols



Beach of Sant Feliu de Guixols
This beach of Sant Feliu de Guíxols is really crowed in summer

Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)




Cala Jonca in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Cala Jonca in Sant Feliu de Guíxols






Sant Feliu de Guixols from Cami de Ronda
Sant Feliu de Guíxols from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)


Cami de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Beginning of Camí de Ronda between Sant Feliu de Guíxols and the beach of Sant Pol


Camí de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Nice stretch of Camí de Ronda from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Sant Pol beach


Camí de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Camins de Ronda are fantastic places to walk and enjoy great views of the beaches of La Costa Brava



Camí de Ronda in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Stairs on Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Sant Pol beach

Carrer Major (Main Street)




Carrer Major in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Carrer Major in Sant Feliu de Guíxols where we enjoyed a delicious tapa in "S & S Café"



Tapa in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Tapa we enjoyed in "S & S Café" in Sant Feliu de Guíxols

Beaches of Sant Feliu de Guíxols



Beach in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Another beach in Sant Feliu de Guíxols


Costa Brava in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Clear water of Costa Brava in Sant Feliu de Guíxols


Viewpoint of Sant Elm



Ermita de Sant Elm in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Ermita de Sant Elm (Chapel of Sant Elm) in Sant Feliu de Guíxols


Sant Feliu de Guixols from Sant Elm
Sant Feliu de Guíxols from the viewpoint of Sant Elm


Costa Brava from Sant Elm in Sant Feliu de Guixols
Costa Brava from the viewpoint of Sant Elm in Sant Feliu de Guíxols





If you liked these pictures, clicking on the next links you will find more pictures of another fantastic beaches in La Costa Brava, like:



From Camins de Ronda you can enjoy great views of beautiful beaches of Costa Brava too:





Besides, in Costa Brava you can visit the fantastic old city of Gironamany lovely villages and interesting places, like:


Moreover if you like beaches, below you have other beautiful beaches in Catalonia, Spain and Portugal:

- Costa Daurada beaches

Barcelona Beaches


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more beautiful villages, beaches and landscapes in Catalonia.


Monday, June 23, 2014

COSTA BRAVA: CAMI DE RONDA IN PALAMÓS


Footpaths called Camins de Ronda (Ronda Way) will allow you to discover in detail the most lovely corners of the Costa Brava in Catalonia.

Historically-speaking, they are old paths criss-crossing the coast, used mainly by customs officers to keep an eye on tobacco smugglers, and by fishermen and sailors to go fishing or in cases of shipwreck.

Nowadays Camins de Ronda are a set of public seaside footpaths (belonging to the GR-92) often connecting beautiful beaches and villages of Costa Brava and offering beautiful views of its beaches and coves.

Below you can see some pictures of Camí de Ronda from Palamós to the beaches of La Fosca, S'Alguer and Castell.



Platja Gran in Palamos
Boats on Platja Gran in Palamós, where our day in Palamós began


Marina of Palamos
Marina of Palamós


Cala dels Pots in Palamos
Cala dels Pots near the beginning of the Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamós


La Fosca beach in Palamos
La Fosca beach in Palamós from a viewpoint in Camí de Ronda


Platja de La Fosca in Palamos
The views from this point of Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamós are fantastic


Castell Beach in Palamos
Castell Beach in Palamós from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)


Cami de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Walking along Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) to La Fosca beach


Cami de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
The white and red sign on the tree on the right indicates de GR 92


Cami de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) passing through a pine grove in Palamós near Fosca Beach


Cami de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) beside La Fosca beach in Palamós



La Fosca beach in Palamos
Castle of Palamós behind La Fosca Beach


La Fosca beach in Palamos
Cala Fosca (Fosca beach) from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamós



La Fosca beach in Palamos
Turquoise water of Costa Brava beside Fosca beach in Palamós


Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) beside La Fosca beach in Palamós


Cami de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Beautiful house beside Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) between Fosca beach and Castell beach




Cala Alguer in Palamos
Clear water of Costa Brava near S'Alguer beach in Palamós



Cala Alguer in Palamos
Cala S'Alguer (S'Alguer beach) and Castell beach in Palamós


Cala Alguer in Palamos
Cala S'Alguer (S'Alguer beach) in Palamós from Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way)



Cala Alguer in Palamos
Fishermen's houses in Cala S'Alguer (S'Alguer beach) in Palamós


Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) in Palamos
Nice place of Camí de Ronda (Ronda Way) between the beaches of La Fosca and Castell



La Fosca beach in Palamos
El Timón restaurant beside La Fosca beach in Palamós where we really enjoyed our meal






Besides, in Costa Brava you can visit the fantastic old city of Gironamany lovely villages and interesting places, like:


Moreover if you like beaches, below you have other beautiful beaches in Catalonia, Spain and Portugal:

- Costa Daurada beaches

Barcelona Beaches


Finally, clicking on the next link you will find more beautiful villages, beaches and landscapes in Catalonia.