to Valencia

It is not so easy with the internet access in Spain…

April 13th

We can see the snow covered mountains of the Pyrenees. But this is not where we want to go right now – we want to follow the coast to Collioure and have a Pastis tomate in the port.

Collioure
Collioure
pastis tomat
pastis tomat

April 14th

Our next destination is Figueres, the city of Savatore Dali. Unfortunately the night show in his museum is only visible in August. ( We have read that in the internet but didn’t believe it…) Since we don’t want to wait that long we head for Barcelona.

Dali Museum
Dali Museum

 

Dali Museum
Dali Museum

April 15th

Barcelona

By bus to Plaza Catalunya and by foot to Sagrada Familia, the famous church of Antonio Gaudi. Quite a walk! To our dissapointment the queue at the cashier is unbelievable long. We will have to wait 2-3 hours. Tough luck – we don’t want tod do this. It shows us how lucky we were two years ago to visit without queueing.

Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia

To the Palau de la Musica Catana it is again quite far to walk, but since you pass so many beautiful buildings it is at least an interesting walk. The gorgeous palace is also a World Heritage Side of UNESCO. The art nouveau building is a dream of marble, tiles and glas. To listen to a consert here must be really something…

Palau de la Musica Catalana
Palau de la Musica Catalana
Palau de la Musica Catalana
Palau de la Musica Catalana

 

Palau de la Musica Catalana
Palau de la Musica Catalana

A stroll along the ramblas, a few tapas and a visit in the Mercado St.Joseph de Boqueria – a feast for all our senses!

Mercado Boqueria
Mercado Boqueria
Mercado Boqueria
Mercado Boqueria

 

One more world heritage: Monestir de Poblet southwest of Barcelona. The size is awesome, the outer ring of the buildings measures 1.5km. But this is about all we get to see: The monks have siesta till 3 o’clock!

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We reach the top of the Ebro delta just in time to hop in the last sightseeing boat for the day. They offer a round trip through the delta – but it is only to the mouth of the river and back, a bit disappointing. The campsite highly praised in our guide book also is not very inviting. It might have been a nice place a few years ago but right now… a run down restaurant, a dirty parking…

The delta itself is covered with rice fields. This might look picturesque in summer but at the moment the fields are not flooded they just look like ….fields. The advantage is …no mosquitos…

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April 17th

In Deltebro (what a name!) the small city in the delta the little eco museum offers a lot of information about the flora, fauna and agriculture of the delta. But it just woke up from its hibernation.

Via a nice route through the hinterland we reach Valencia. South of the city we find a place with a nice beach for the night.

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