Am I tired !? Hardly.... Well maybe a little. A siesta is probably called for later on today having been hiking all day on Sunday and then staying up all night to photograph the lunar eclipse on Monday September 28th 2015. The eclipse was visible from all over Europe and here in northern Catalunya, we had a warm cloudless night. Perfect for sitting back on the terrace and watching the events unfold. It was a beautiful spectacle. Unfortunately, the moon dipped behind the trees of the Gavarres Hills behind the Villa before the earths shadow (Umbra) had completely disappeared from the face of the moon. But anyway, what a great end to a fun-packed weekend !
|The end of the total eclipse with the super moon of Sept 2015.|
Anyway, before the all the excitement and celestial dark omens of Monday morning, we got up early on a beautiful warm sunny Sunday morning and packed a picnic. We were meeting up with some friends to walk a part of the Cami de Ronda (Coastal Path) from the beach at Illa Roja to the lovely little seaside village of Sa Tuna, both of which are about 20 minutes to the north of Casa Cal Domino. The weather has been fantastic for early Autumn and the trees have only just started to change colour. It's still too early yet to be heading up into the Beech forests of Montseny Natural Reserve to admire in the autumnal splendour, so as we were in the mountains last weekend at Vallter, we decided to try a little used trail on part of the Cami de Ronda.
|The Lovely beach at Illa Roja|
Almost as soon as you arrive at the Illa Roja, there are steps to the right of the beach that take you up a steep track adjacent to the seafront and within 100 meters you arrive at the top of the cliff overlooking the beach. The first part of the this hike has well maintained steps that take you around the coastline hugging the sea. Many parts of the Cami de Ronda are well maintained and quite "manicured", but this track is one of the paths that has retained it's wild nature and the trail is not suitable for anyone with vertigo or mobility issues. Pretty soon, you come to the unkept wild part of the track through natural pine forests and it is not well sign posted, although its natural state is part of the charm of this particular part of the coastal path.
|Sa Riera with the Ilas de Medas in the distance.|
|Illas de Medas. An Aquatic Nature Reserve and excellent diving location.|
|The Cami de Ronda.|
Just a few kilometres further along the coast and you come to Sa Tuna. We like Sa Tuna, it's a small well kept coastal village with a small sandy beach and half a dozen restaurants and bars.
|The colourful well kept houses at Sa Tuna from one of the beach bars.|
|The approach down to Sa Tuna from the Cami de Ronda.|
Thanks to our friends for the great company and giving me the opportunity to practice my Spanish. Lovely day :)
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About me… I have lived in Calonge (province of Girona) on the Costa Brava since 2003 after retiring as a pilot from the british Royal Air Force. My passions are hiking, biking, skiing, photography and discovering and sharing the hidden cultural treasures of this beautiful country. My day job entails managing a luxury self-catering rental Villa, Casa Cal Domino, and in my search for new and interesting things to do for my clients whilst they are here on holiday, I have been genuinely overawed by the beauty and diversity of this land. I’m not leaving any time soon. I love it here and I hope to inspire you to come and discover this wonderful country for yourself.