Monday, November 5, 2012
A favourite walk through amazing rock formations
This afternoon we took a drive to the old Club Med site in the Cap de Creus Park. Even though we've had some rain over the last week, it still looked quite parched up in the mountains, all the riverbeds still dry. Purple flowers on the wild rosemary were the only blooms we saw. We passed several olive groves, and people carrying huge orange tubs of olives that they had just harvested. Plumes of smoke came from other groves, where the harvest had been completed and small piles of pruned olive branches were burning creating a beautiful smell.
This is a walk like no other. I suppose that you could compare the area to a moonscape. There are huge slabs of sandstone and shale, which have been eroded with the fierce wind and storms. There are many caves and huge rocks rising high above in the shapes of wolves, mushrooms, dinosaurs, unicorns and men with long pointy noses.
I saw them all today. Some of the slabs of rocks are so eroded that they hang precariously and look as though they might fall at any time. The shale has a windswept look as if it had been tossed up by the sea in horizontal and vertical layers. No words can adequately describe the unique beauty of this spot.
We retraced our steps but at a slightly quicker pace as the sky was becoming quite dark and the air around us increasingly humid. But luckily we made it back to the car without any rain. A quick drive took us to the end of the Cap de Creus, where we sat outside and had an espresso. A perfect ending to one of my favourite walks.