Winter has made it to 100 wooo hooo.

Day 165

Au revour France and Hola Spain.

We checked out and drove along the coast toward Spain. The whole way we saw rows and rows of vineyards. They look like they try to cover every single space of land and they have tiny workers shacks dotted all over the hills.

Vineyards cover land along the French coast.

Vineyards cover land along the French coast.

We had plenty of time to stop and take in the view and saw many pop up wine tasting huts like this one below. As soon as we headed into Perpignan we knew we were in Catalonia country. Many signs are in both French and Catalan, very similar to Spanish. You just don’t realise how much of a blend there is until you travel here.

This pop up wine tasting hut is covered in the Catalonian flag, not Spanish.

This pop up wine tasting hut is covered in the Catalonian flag, not Spanish and is on the French coast.

We were all excited about crossing the border because this was another first for us.

We have never self driven from one country to another.

The girls asked ‘how will we know‘ and we said, there will be a big ‘welcome to Spain’ sign. What we did see was the end of the French rail network.

End of the French rail network.

End of the French rail network.

We then saw the beginning of the Spanish rail network just over the hill.

The beginning of the Spanish rail network.

The beginning of the Spanish rail network, just over the hill.

A few more corners and we come to the border crossing. It was very boring just a derelict old guard house with graffiti all over it. The next sign ‘Welcome to Spain’.

We headed South and stopped at Port de Llanca and had lunch in the park. We then drove through a National park to a little seaside town called Cadaques. This place is actually very popular with French tourists.

We parked, walked around town for a short while and found a little hostel in the middle of the old square, 3 x beds for $80 euro per night. We took it straight up as it was the second place we tried and it was a Saturday night and it looked to be filling up.

 

 

 

The room was actually very well positioned back from the street. Once again parking was a nightmare but I was able to get free parking about 300m from the hostel. Unloaded then went for a swim, the main beach in town is actually all pebbles, then the wind just picked up so wasn’t very pleasant for a swim.

It reminded us of Skopelos in Greece.

The beach at Cadaques in Spain was a pebble beach.

The beach at Cadaques in Spain was a pebble beach.

We packed up and went for a walk around the headland and could see this is were all the locals go. It was protected by from the wind and just perfect for swimming. Sat on the headland for a while just checking things out. We watched a tourist boat into the bay, anchor and set a giant slide up off the side, it didn’t look that big a boat but people were jumping off or going down the slide in all sorts of directions.

Walked back to the hotel had a quick wash and out for dinner. We had a picnic on the beach. It was 2130 sun just starting to go down and loads of people were dressed to go out for a 70’s themed party. Some of the outfits were very good or outrageous either way it was entertaining for us. 2200 left the beach and done a slow walk back to the room.

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