This is the type of place that Josh and I have dreamed about for years. It's like a piece of Cape Cod was dropped off by the mountains. It's peaceful and serene but yet has so much to offer for us to do. And speaking of things to do, one of my favorites thus far was yesterday - when we boarded the Nuria Excursion.
Yes, this was a tourist thing. But hey, we're tourists, right? And since we are without our own boat we have to utilize what is available to us. So we took the Nuria which is much smaller than the typical tourist boats here which are closer to the size of a ferry. This boat fits about 20 feet and reminds me a bit of a Boston Whaler. It rode low to the water and took it's time - and for me who doesn't usually like to go fast in the boat, it was almost too slow. But at the same time, that's part of what made it enjoyable.
After settling on to the boat, we headed north up the coast. Now we had seen some of the rock cliffs the other day but because of how the road ended, we could not see beyond that one cliff and I think we just assumed it was more beach or homes on the other side. But no, we were faced with what looks to be miles of rock heading up the coast. It was stunning!! And the water was so clear - blue and turquoise. Just like you expect the Mediterranean to be (in Barcelona it is NO where near this clear).
The boat truely hugged the coast. And normally when I say hug the coast I mean that you can see land from wherever you are in the water - for us normally at home this means about a mile or so offshore. But not here - there were times where you could almost reach out and touch the rock face. It was an incredibly calm day and the water was like glass.
L'Estartit Harbor as we were leaving
A cave "starting" to form
L'Estartit is known for its diving community and I can see why. Everywhere we looked there were signs of divers. Boats, buoys, etc.
Coming upon the first cave - this one we could pass right thru
Second group of caves - we'll enter the middle one and go in about 50 meters.
This is the first cave, opposite direction
This was most definitely a worth while trip and I'm so glad we did it. The views were amazing, the ride relaxing and it gave us an opportunity to see something we would never have otherwise seen.
This reminded us a bit of Tarpaulin - where you can only get to the beach by boat. This was the only beach we saw on the entire trip!
Fish in a feeding frenzy by our boat
Returning to harbor