Tuesday, November 12, 2013

El Castellar provides best view of Llanca port

With most of the restaurants and bars being closed in the village we had to search a little harder for our morning coffee. We tried a new place to us, Gus' with a view over the marina but it was a bit disappointing. With the Nautica closed for the month, we couldn't find a place in the village where we wanted to have Sunday lunch. Fortunately, we remembered a restaurant in Llanca that we had always wanted to try, and luckily it was open.

The restaurant had a great menu. It took us ages to decide whether to go the tapas route or opt for the menu of the day. Menu of the day won. My first course was scallop and salmon on a shortcrust pastry with a bib lettuce salad and little bread sticks. This was followed by filet of St. Pierre fish, also called John Dory, topped with a sweet potato coulis. Seamus had the duck breast with the same sweet potato topping. Usually you can find fresh fruit on the dessert menu but not today. I had what I thought was going to be a lemon dessert but it was a warm chocolate cake type dessert with hot melted chocolate in the middle and ringed with a lemon sauce. I'm not a big lover of chocolate desserts but this was very good.

Now it was time to head to Llanca port for a much needed walk. We climbed the hill that towers over the port, passing old Franco-era bunkers on our way. At one time the hill was a separate island but now is linked to the land. The view over the marina at Llanca and the hills in the distance is quite stunning. For the first time we could see where the Llanca fishing fleet ties up in a man-made basin at the mouth of the harbour.  As it was calm we now had a close-up look at the fish painting on the cement breakwater. It was probably difficult to paint but we are familiar with this artist's work and have seen the same simplistic fish motif repeated many times over. We try to be sophisticated but really, it was hard not to imagine a child coming up with the same result in minutes.

We enjoyed the rest of our walk in the sunshine knowing that a tramontana was going to bring high winds for the next five days.


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