Sea Light’s Camí de Llum, an experience for the senses
A route for enjoying spectacular and varying views of beautiful virgin beaches, magnificent cliffs typical of the Costa Brava, the area’s vineyards and wineries and impressive constructions forming part of the territory’s heritage.
In the village of Cadaqués the journey begins along the coastal path, bringing us to the mountainous area of El Cap de Creus, where we catch a glimpse of the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. The route skirts along the coves of Tamariua and Cativa before arriving at the first stop in El Port de la Selva.
After the first stop we take the Camí de Ronda to Llançà along the edge of the coves and beaches of El Port de la Selva bay and past landmarks such as the Arenella lighthouse. We continue through a spectacular landscape and after traversing Llançà we end up in the middle of some rocky paths poised above the sea of Cap Ras, an exquisitely beautiful place of great natural interest. We cross Garbet beach and head towards Colera, our second stop for provisions.
The second stop is an opportunity to recharge our batteries before embarking on the remaining part of the path. The route goes deep into magnificent mountain valleys with steep inclinations and long descents before arriving at the border crossing, where the great, historic train lines of Portbou and Cervera dominate the landscape.
Once on the French part of the route, we find ourselves amidst great expanses of vineyards arranged on stone terraces to take advantage of the mountain slopes. These vineyards produce the grape that is later transformed into the well-known French wine Terres des Templiers. It is here on this winery where the best food on the route is to be found: a delicious pasta dish, fresh fruit, sweet desserts and access to the tasting area of the winery where their wines can be sampled and, if the chance arises, some can be purchased.
Well fed and rested, we head to Collioure, but not until we have passed by the Madeloc tower, situated at 640 m above sea level, and the Saint-Elme fort, among others, which acquaint us with the heritage of Collioure and its traditional buildings and fortifications.
A spectacular approach into Collioure, flanking the seashore in front of the Royal Castle, brings us to the town square where we will stop to taste traditional produce from the local area. The pleasant ambience will help us enjoy this unforgettable experience of the senses even more.
The second stage of Sea Light’s Camí de Llum begins.
After a good breakfast at the hotel, we head to the Collioure Cultural Centre where we will leave our luggage, which the organisation will take to the arrival point. Once there, we collect our bikes, which has been locked up all night inside the premises and which we can look over and/or repair with the tools available.
At 9 a.m. we begin the second stage along Collioure’s seashore. The ancient cobbled streets, still undisturbed by the great hoards of tourists that visit the town on a daily basis, accompany us until we leave the town.
The second stage, similar to the first one but in the opposite direction, will take us past all of the previous day’s landscape but from the other way. Small variations in the route will also show us villages and enclaves that we didn’t encounter on the first day. On this stage, the best provisions will be acquired in Llançà, but before that we will stop in Colera for a local wine tasting, taking advantage of what is on offer in this village. We carry on along the route to commence the prettiest and most spectacular part of the second stage. We go along the Camí de Ronda once again, giving us a head-on view of the beauty of El Port de la Selva bay, and we continue by going deep into the mountainous area of El Cap de Creus.
The last 10 km proceed along stone paths built into the mountain with cobblestone walls that protect against the buffeting of the north winds, which, despite being built for walking, make going by mountain bike pleasant and enjoyable too.
On this final part, we enjoy a spectacular approach in to Cadaqués through the Portlligat area with some magnificent views that are the weekend’s icing on the cake.
Sat on the beach with a beer looking out to the sea, we can finally take in the landscape and this experience that we will surely never forget!