It is two quiet weeks that we spend in Hospitalet de l’Infant, end of May 2019, after our grand tour across northern Spain.
Enjoying beach life – reading, walking…
There are various beaches in and around Hospitalet. In May they are still pretty quiet.
Dogs may need washing after a day on the beach.
The sun rises early behind the port of Hospitalet,…
… soon makes long shades…
… and then warms our balcony, where we stay during the day, sunbathing, swimming…
… and reading. Some of our topics are art and landscape in Catalonia, the history of the Iberian Peninsula and Spanish cooking and wines. In the Larousse about Spanish wines (2008), I learn more about the Txakolí wine from the Basque Country. There is a white variety called “Zuri” and a red grape called “Beltza” and the vineyards are in three areas, one of which we have seen, namely Getaria.
When back at home, I will have to try cooking the oxtail in wine sauce with chocolate. I have eaten it once, and it was delicious (Karlos Arguiñano, “1000 recetas de oro”, Barcelona 2019).
We have found these books in the library of Hospitalet. They dispose of an excellent book selection and rent them out free of cost, even to tourists (we just had to register our names).
Sometimes we have lunch in one of our favorite restaurants such as in La Becana in Ametlla where I eat steamed mussels…
… and, for dessert, a crema Catalana with the crunchy sugar.
Small walks around Hospitalet – to the Ermita, the Punta or the Iberian village
From time to time we go for a walk around Hospitalet. One of our destinations is the Ermita de Sant Roc. A drivable road leads up to the Ermita. We walk and pick some rosemary to spice our meals.
From here the view of Hospitalet and the coast line towards Salou is magnificent.
Another small walk takes us up to Punto de los Rojales…
… with another magnificent view of the Mediterranean sea.
High above the Ebro near Tivissa, we love to walk to the Iberian settlement dating from 400 to 600 BC and to the medieval Castellet de Banyoles. The Ebro could be well controlled from this point.
Special event at Hospitalet de l’Infant – Cursa BTT
Hospitalet is a quiet place, especially now, in May. But… one Sunday promises to be busy. Signs announce a mountain bike race, starting at ten up to two o’clock.
On Saturday evening, the trails are ready.
On Sunday morning the bikers arrive. They take out their bikes and warm up diligently by spinning on their bikes fixed to a stand.
Then they leave in groups behind the pine trees (teenagers, young men, veterans, ladies…)
The dog of one biker couple is waiting for the masters – what may take them so long, it may ask himself.
Yes, we spend two quiet weeks in Hospitalet recovering from our grand tour across the north of Spain.