Monday, December 12, 2011
Observatory mystery solved
Our plan was to follow the track straight up to the observatory at the top of the mountain. We had our first little moment of doubt when we found a very faded sign reading 'zona militar'. It seemed to us that if this really was a prohibited area the signage would be clear and unequivocal, which this wasn't; so we continued.
Having made a our way to the base of the peak, we decided we had accomplished enough and turned around. The observatory was well fenced and could more easily be reached by car. In any case, we had climbed high enough to enjoy amazing views over the mountain, the vineyards and villages. In the far distance we could see the snow covered Pyrenees.
We returned to the car and drove around the other side of the mountain to pick up the paved road to the observatory. A winding road brought us to a new sign, this one the size of a small house, which in multiple languages said: "Military Zone Entrance Forbidden." Having clarified that, we returned home, our quest to visit the observatory now over.