View of Barcelona from Park Güell

Catalunya in May

Continued from Andorra – a unique place

After a wonderful time in Andorra, the four friends on a reunion trip drove back into Spain. We reached Can Coromines near the town of Besalú at about 9 pm. After taking a nice warm shower and setting up our beds inside our wooden pods, I took a stroll around the site.

Our pod!

Our pod!

It was very peaceful and the weather was just perfect at a pleasant 20 degrees C. And since the site was very far away from any towns/cities, the sky was quite dark. Although it was still twilight at about 10 pm, I could sense that the night would be something amazing! So, I went to bed setting up an alarm for later at night so that I could spend some time being amazed by the real night sky. I woke up at about 2 am and I was clearly not let down. The big dipper was the ‘bright dipper’ even before I got dark adapted. The milky way was like a giant arch stretching almost from horizon to horizon.

Big dipper from Ursa Major

Big dipper in Ursa Major

Milky way from Can Coromines

Milky way from Can Coromines

After spending about an hour outside, I reluctantly had to go back to bed since we had more travel coming up!

Fast forward to next morning…. it was a lovely day with bright sunshine! We had a fulfilling breakfast on the camp site. I thought to myself, “someday I would definitely be back and take a holiday without any travelling, but just enjoying nature at a place like this”. I really wished we had spent more time camping, but unfortunately, we didn’t have much time in our hands, and so, we were on the road again travelling towards Tarragona. Our first stop along the route was Besalú, a small medieval town. We initially thought it would be a quick stop for some photos, but the river was to so tempting, we sat on the bank with our feet inside the river, enjoying the sun for a long time!

Imad and Esrom enjoying the river in Besalú

Imad and Esrom enjoying the river in Besalú

We left Besalú and headed straight towards Sant Feliu de Guíxols. From there, we drove on the Costa Brava route until Tossa de Mar. It was a lovely drive with some amazing views! It would have been easier to pull over into the viewpoints if we were driving south to north instead of the direction we were driving in – North to South. However, it wasn’t too bad, and we could stop at almost all the viewpoints from where we found views like these :

Costa Brava on the way from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Tossa de Mar

Costa Brava on the way from Sant Feliu de Guíxols to Tossa de Mar

We grabbed a sandwich at Tossa de Mar and headed straight back on the highway to Tarragona – Esrom’s home. We threw our things inside and ran to the beach. It was the perfect evening for the beach- the temperature about 28 degrees C, the sun shining bright and the company of friends. We were at the beach for many hours and finally went back home at about 8 pm. I cooked some ‘Indian’ dinner for all of us and a few of us were out for a stroll in Tarragona. Barcelona FC had just won the La Liga and the atmosphere was electric. People were celebrating all over the city beeping car horns, bursting firecrackers etc. Kids were running around in team jerseys kicking their footballs. The city was definitely alive with the football spirit! Even though I’m not a huge football fan, it felt great to be a part of it!

The next day, we dropped Esrom off at work and said our goodbyes to him. The rest of us headed to Barcelona. We had a day to kill before our flights later at night. We went to Park Güell, which was one of the major works of the architect Gaudi. We spent almost about 4 hours inside the park enjoying its beauty and also indulging in the routine touristic selfies and what not.

Park Güell

Park Güell

View of Barcelona from Park Güell

View of Barcelona from Park Güell

And when it was time or lunch, I made sure I had Gazpacho. Gazpacho was something that I fell in love with, the last time I had visited Spain! After lunch, we had a stroll through the historic city centre of Barcelona. We visited the Cathedral and walked through the lovely tiny streets. We discovered a Valencian traditional drink called Horchata. I tried Horchata made out of tigernuts (chufas). The shopkeeper tried explaining it to us what it was. But all I could understand was it was made out of some kind of nuts. It tasted a bit like Almond milk, but very different too. But it was an absolutely refreshing drink to have it on a warm summer day!

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

So, that was it! A great 4 days with friends and everything from snow to sun and mountains to beaches!

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