Cap de Creus, which in Catalan means Cape of Crosses, is a peninsula in the North-East of Spain. It represents the last part of the Pyrenees, meeting the Mediterranean Sea. It is a rocky and dry region, but it offers precious landscapes and delightful little beaches.
Being one of my favorite spots in my homeland, I have to admit that always that I go there I get discouraged as how many tourists there are. The region, known as the Costa Brava, besides the Cap de Creus has little towns that are remarkable (Figures, Cadaqués, Port Lligat) and it is close to the French border, so lots of people take their vacations on the zone.
Last time I was there, on September 2009, as we were approaching the East part of the Park, which offers a great view over the Gulf of Roses, I got so angry with the accumulation of cars in the zone that we decided to turn back and search for a calm spot. Actually, always happens the same… I get angry, I mumble to myself nonsenses about how hopeless I am of expecting nobody in such a beautiful place and then I stop the car in the middle of the road and I say “here is a good place!”. You look to the right, rocks. You look to the left, more rocks. You look up, heavy sun. You look down, no shadows. For the non-trained eye you would think you are in hell… but you are just in the anteroom of paradise.
So we took our backpacks with our lunch, drinks, sun-protective cream, towels and cameras and we start to walk towards the rocky landscape, slowly descending the mountain and starting to see the water. From the height we were able to see a couple of creeks where sailing boats were anchored. And here is one of the surprising things about this place. One creek was full of people and then to left was another with nobody there… It is easiest to have access to the small beaches by boat, though some creeks must be too shallow for them and few people will adventure to risk going down the mountain by feet and get lost. So we set course to this little beach… easy said, hard to do. When we finally got there our legs were all soared and we were all sweaty and hot because of the sun. But being there is just priceless. You have to suffer a bit to get a reward! And our big reward was having a small beach all for ourselves, a very luxurious gift in the zone. Of course, leaving paradise is not easy… if going down the mountain was hard, going back to the car took long time… it is easy to get lost, to see paths were actually there is nothing…
One advice if you are tempted to go there: take with you garbage bags, do not leave any residue in the Park… it is one of the last places in the zone with such nice waters, so take care of it! And if you want some information, here you have the official tourist site of the region: http://en.costabrava.org/suggestions/detail.aspx?t=cap-de-creus-natural-park&com=UwB1AGcAZwBlAHMAdABpAG8AbgBJAEQAXAAxADAANABcAA====
Note: Photos were taken with a LC-A and a Horizon camera. Films used were Rollei ATP 1.1, Fuji Sensia 400, Kodak Ektar 100 and Kodak Elitechrome 100. All of them were processed in a lab in Halifax (http://www.carsand.com/filmrelatedservices.html) and scans were made with an Epson perfection V700.