For many years I had been saying that I wanted to do the I walked roundand until this summer, for various reasons, I had not been able to do a small part. The round road is a 583 kilometer route that travels along the Catalan coast from Portbou, on the border with France, to Ulldecona, a few kilometers from the province of Castellón. It is said that formerly it served to conduct surveillance rounds along the coast and prevent all types of maritime attacks. Currently, it is a path that is very well preserved, passes through coves and massifs and allows you to enjoy a dreamlike Mediterranean landscape.
We decided to do the road that goes from Begur to Palamós which, according to the website of the Federació d'Entitats Excursionistes de Catalunya, it takes five hours and twenty minutes to travel. The reality is that if you are not a regular hiker and you like to stop to take pictures, at least you need eight hours and a couple of spare leg sets. We finally made the journey of Begur to Calella de Palafrugell, of little more than eleven kilometers, that has a quite complicated layout in some sections, but in which we could enjoy an incomparable landscape.
From Begur to Tamariu (4.33 km)
We did not visit Begur because we arrived a little late and we started to make the road directly, but for those who have never visited this town, it is worth taking a walk around the center and maybe having a good breakfast there. We arrived at half past eleven, we left the car on the outskirts of town, in the direction of Aiguablava, and we walked along the GIP-6531 road until we saw an indication on the left that pointed to a path that went into a forest with summer houses on the left. The truth is that this route is very uninteresting because you go through interior forest tracks and go through urbanizations and county roads. The good begins when you reach Tamariu. In making this journey it took two and a half hours instead of the time I put on the web.
From Tamariu to Cala Pedrosa (2.03 km; we take 6.35 km)
Tamariu was a small fishing village that in the mid-eighties had a boom tourist and now it has become one of the most select places to spend the holidays. The beaches in this area of the Costa Brava are small coves that hardly fit anyone. The sand is thick, as I like it, and people look for a hole in the rocks. Upon arriving there, we enter a bar to have a soda to recover and follow the path. Before reaching the beach, there is a small grocery store where you can buy drinks and snacks to follow the path. It must be said that this area of the Costa Brava is quite expensive, so for a half-liter bottle in the grocery store we pay 0.70 cents and for a bag of potatoes 1.80 euros.
Honestly, Tamariu is the town that I liked most of the ones we visited that day. It has the same elements as the other villages: pristine white buildings, small sandy cove, rocks in full contact with the sea, dark blue and turquoise waters, boats moored in the middle of the water and pine trees around. But personally I liked it much more than the others. Perhaps because the road that goes from Tamariu to Llafranc is the one with the best views. But not everything in this life is so bucolic, because precisely this section is the hardest. When leaving Tamariu you have to cross a rocky area where you have to be careful to follow the signs well and not slip. Then you go through a stretch of sand in which more than the round road looks like a mountain goat road.
Cliffs are bordered and up, up, until you reach the top of the Pedrosa cove, which, as the name implies, is a cove where there are stones instead of sand. There are dozens of yachts and boats docked with people enjoying the sun and water. To follow the path you have to descend a few meters down a road where you have to slow down and grab the wooden fences to avoid hitting yourself.
Upon arriving at Cala Pedrosa, a boy asked us to buy some stones from the little store that he had set up to play. In the cove there is a restaurant where you can eat and drink something in the shade. Not knowing where the road was going, we asked the owner and she told us to take the road that went behind the restaurant and that went into a small forest.
To make this section, it took about an hour and a half, but we stopped a lot to take pictures and enjoy the scenery. Although it was two in the afternoon, the road runs largely through an area where the trees give a good shade and the sea breeze helps to withstand the heat very well.