Benvinguts a Catalunya

After a quiet nights sleep Friday dawned clear and bright. With no access to the usual village bakery we therefore headed back to our little bar with a view for a cafe con leche and bocadillo. Surprisingly at 8am in Spain the place was already quite busy as the park is on the route of St James and attracts the international pilgrim brigade doing the walk to Santiago de Compostella.

 Talking to a couple from Sweden and the US they seem to average about 25km a day which in this heat I would find hard going for one day let alone the several weeks it takes them! 

Taking the easier option ourselves, back in Tilly we headed east along the motorway and after a brief picnic lunch at one of the superb Spanish roadside service stations pulled up at La Noguera, a Spanish run family campsite mid afternoon where we were indulging in the luxury of stopping for two nights!

Putting a slight argument with a low hanging tree branch behind us, our afternoon then consisted of not much more than sitting on the shade having a beer or two. I think Spain is definitely having an effect on us as despite multitudes of kids running around like mad things (normally not a preferred state of affairs!) we both remarked how über chilled we felt and really enjoyed the warm, family orientated, easy going atmosphere. An evening sojourn into the local village further cemented this as we sat in delightful awe at the view from the terrace of the little bar we stumbled across

Next day, greedy for more stunning vistas, in the cool of the morning we set off to do the 8km hike around said lake. Partly on footpath and partly following hillside trails, for once our timing was spot on to enable us to partake of a late breakfast just as the above same bar opened its morning doors.

Suffice to say that the afternoon was far quieter as we vegged out in the sun around the pool before an evening treat at the restaurant on site. Unusually for campsites this one was a full service affair offering such delights as Galician octopus, roasted lamb and the finest of beef carpaccio. 

Absolutely delicious and all the more so for being unexpected and enjoyed in the evening sunshine. Tomorrow we continue our travels in wonderful Catalonia before starting the return leg of our journey home.


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