We drove through the yellow gorse-clad mountain to our first stop, Celler Martin Faixo at Perafita in the Cap de Creus. Mas Perafita is a fourteenth-century stone house, restored in 2004, as part of the program to recover the vineyards of the Alt Emporda. We were greeted by one large short-haired dog, who was quickly moved out of reach of our pats by a lovely,very demanding golden retriever.
We were given a tour through the ancient slate stone building; large windows at one end provided beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards. The lovely wine smell coming from the French oak casks was very stimulating to the palate. Then the wine tasting. First we tried the rose made from merlot and granache then two reds and finally the white wine. We liked them all. Perhaps the biggest surprise was how much we liked the white wine. Our friends stocked up on several bottles in anticipation of some lively evenings ahead.
By now we were getting quite hungry. Could we find the new restaurant newly opened by three chefs from El Bulli, Compartir? We headed downhill into Cadeques, and without too much difficulty we found. The entrance was through a beautiful courtyard with orange trees in the old wooden wine buckets that people used for carrying grapes.The rustic restaurant is in a renovated old house with lots of stone and tiles. Compartir means to share food and that is exactly what happens in the relaxed atmosphere. Dishes are ordered to be placed in the centre of the table.....to share.
Finally, we drove up the rocky, windswept road to the Cap de Creus. We had a lovely walk around the very end of the cape admiring the strange rock formations and the lovely, blue clear sea. We left the Cap very envious of the couple swimming in the inlet far below us.