From Sant Pere Pescador it’s about 10km to the ruins of Empúries, established 575 BC by the Greeks and invaded by the Romans in 218 BC.
The path from Portbou to Llançà follows the coast, with a couple of hills thrown in, walking along the old path (Camí de Ronda) once used to deter smugglers.
Figueres is the capital of Alt Empordà, a Denominación de Origen (DO) wine producing area in NE Catalunya. We could not believe our luck when we arrived on the day of the wine festival. €10 buys 6 wines and a very nice glass to keep.
Leaving the Abbot Oliba Route, we head east walking for a week in the foothills of the Pyrenees through the volcanic zone of La Garrotxa (“Rough Land”) to visit the small, isolated medieval villages.
As always, our trip to Spain starts in our favorite bar – La Vinya del Senyor (God’s Vinyard), opposite the beautiful and iconic Catalan Gothic Basílica de Santa María del Mar in old Barcelona.