Thursday, 17 July 2008

Walks in the Country

Going for walks in the country has always been a great joy, and my other half and I always try to go for at least one walk when on holiday.

We recently had a longish weekend in Catalonia, and walked from Vilanova i la GeltrĂș to Sant Pere de Ribes. As with many walks beginning in Spanish towns, the start wasn't very prepossessing: the outskirts are often industrial and messily planned, but in this case we soon left the warehouses and entered a world of vineyards, wineries (and some impressive mansions) and pine woodland. And it ended up at the very attractive castle and old church of Sant Pere.

For once, the July weather in this part of Spain wasn't too hot - 28C with some clouds - and the walk was deliberately not too steeply graded (my partner has MS, so we have to be sensible). In fact, it all made for perfect walking weather.

Catalonia has just had a very unseasonably wet June, so there were lots of flowers. (And another fortuitous by-product is that is has fixed Barcelona's impending water crisis.)

The full walk can be found on Qype.

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