We continued our tourist trail to Perafita winery for a little wine tasting. The tour was quite captivating since the girl that showed us the vines and the wine making process had not given any tours before and certainly not in English. She did an excellent job practicing the English she learned at school in California and Virginia. Then we drove to the easternmost point on the Iberian peninsula, the Cap de Creus, followed by a walk on the old Club Med site, where everyone admired the stunning rock formations created by erosion from the wind and sea. Unfortunately, our friends couldn't get in to see Dali's house in Port Lligat because it was fully booked. By now we were hungry so it was off to the Nautica in El Port de la Selva for a lovely lunch, even though it was four o'clock. I enjoyed a wonderful piece of grilled turbot.
On Saturday we started out our day as usual at the Nautica for coffee. After a walk into the village for some shopping, we headed off to Compartir, the restaurant run by three former chefs at El Bulli, which was the best restaurant in the world. We were really fortunate to book a table as they are so well known now. It was even busier than the Port but soon we were sitting outside at Compartir drinking one of the best drinks I have ever had. It was Campari, vermouth and blood orange juice with a foam on top accompanied by little cones of corn nibblies. Compartir means to share so when ordering we kept this in mind and ordered four starters. The first was a tuna cannelloni carpaccio, which was a lovely red in colour on a sauce of all different colours. Delicious. This was followed by mild-tasting sardines in another lovely sauce. Thank goodness there was plenty of bread for mopping up. Next came the lightest cod croquettes accompanied by a honey foam. As I am writing this I am salivating. The last starter was my favourite, a small bowl with a poached egg covered with the lightest of light potato cream and truffle oil. Oh my! All this served with an excellent local white mildly sparkling wine.
We managed to save a little room for dessert. The first was a tiramisu with very flaky chocolate. In fact our friend remarked that it resembled a Cadbury's Flake. Since I'm not really a chocolatey dessert person it wasn't really to my taste but the second dessert certainly was. It was called omlette surprise and what a surprise it was. A plate appeared on the table with what looked like a meringue loaf. Once we dipped into in the mouth watering coconut meringue we uncovered the tasty crunchy, anis, mint cookie and mango and pineapple. This dessert was superb. The food was really outstanding and my description doesn't really do it justice.
On Sunday we drove up the mountain to the Monastery of Saint Pere de Rodas. The broom, lavender, poppies, euphorbium and even wild orchids were in bloom as we walked up the path to the monastery. We all enjoyed walking around the old church, food storerooms, refectory and the tower overlooking the Port below. I like it because it gives you a better sense of just how people here lived in times gone by.
A leisurely lunch was followed by a trip into Figueres, where we bid a sad farewell to our friends. We hope we have enticed them to return with our tales of nearby places to visit up the coast in France and local walks in the Alt Emporda. Bon voyage Pat and Ed. We hope you return soon.