From the foothills of the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava coastline
Our five day hiking trip was the inaugural outing for Bacchus in Boots – sister to the already established Bacchus on Bikes – allowing us to explore this fascinating area of Spain at a more leisurely pace. Taking us from the foothills of the Pyrenees to the rocky paths and sandy coves of the Costa Brava and onto the sandy, scented eucalyptus forest of the Ardenya Massif, we had time to breathe in the scented wild rosemary and thyme, watch the circling sea birds over the rocky Cap de Creus and dive into the rolling waves.
Of course, the other advantage of a full days hiking is the guilt free enjoyment of the spectacular food and wine from this abundant region. Together we drank chilled glasses of fresh white wine and feasted on buttered skate wing, delicately spiced mackerel and burst in your mouth bubbles of black and green olive at Cadaques. We chanced upon Rice Thursday in the ancient medieval town of Peratallada and a local dish called ‘Arroz a cassola’, brimming with seafood. We tasted fresh green olive oil and tapenades flavoured with honey with producer and bon viveur Marti Clos. And we ate a picnic on the rocky outcrop at the Cap de Creus as the wind and the seagulls threatened to steal the food from our plates.
The hikes are planned so as to not over face, especially on the first day when boots and legs need to be stretched, but on each of the routes there is an option of an afternoon extension. There is also the comfort of knowing that Josep Maria is there in the Bacchus vehicle if it all gets too much. The weather wasn’t as kind to us as it might have been but it didn’t matter knowing that we were returning to the warmth and comfort of the charming hotels we stayed in along the way.