Holiday cottage for rent in Cala Rovellada. Colera - Costa Brava (Spain)
The tourist development of the Costa Brava passed by the small coastal Cala Rovellada and the village of Colera almost without a trace.
Take the N-260, and you can go along the coast, heading for Colera and Portbou. When you get to Portbou, visit the Passagen Memorial, created to commemorate the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, who died here when fleeing from the Nazis. This is a good opportunity to reflect on history, taking a closer look at a key point on the road to exile, both for other Europeans fleeing the Second World War and for the Republicans from the Spanish Civil War.
Outside of the season about 300 inhabitants live in Colera. Even during the summer it does not become crowded, neither in the village itself nor in the urbanizations around the village.
Who expects a rich offer of tourist installations, is definitely in the wrong place at Cala Rovellada. Who, however, wants a quiet and peaceful vacation and would like to experience plentiful of genuine nature, is definitely in the right spot here.
Around Cala Rovellada small beaches and bays group themselves. Most of them can be attained comfortably by car, others by boat only.
The sea water here is, as in the entire zone around the ‘Cap de Creus Natural Park ‘ exceptionally clear and earns top scores for safely when tested. The climate is mild and moderate.
The Tramuntana (a very strong northerly wind, similar to the Mistral) supplies a cool and refreshing breeze in the summer. The same wind in winter may bring very harsh weather conditions.
Public security is excellent. Coastal resorts and the countryside can be reached comfortably and quickly by car. Train connection to Figueres, Girona and Barcelona to the south, and France to the north. From Llanca bus connections are available to Port de la Selva, Roses, Empuriabrava and Cadaqués.
The Monastery Sant Père de Rodes is located between Llançà and Port de la Selva, it is not a long drive from Cala Rovellada, and is considered the most important building in Catalonia from the Roman era. By road it can be reached via Port de la Selva or Vilajuïga. Several foot paths lead to the monastery from Llançà or Vall de Santa Creu.
Sited on the Verdera mountains, this medieval complex dominates the sea from its privileged vantage point. The origins of Sant Pere de Rodes are uncertain, though it is known to have taken on its present layout in the period between the tenth and the twelfth centuries, the heyday of the Romanesque style. The church is of a unique kind within the Catalan Romanesque. The monastery, the church of Santa Helena and the remains of the town and castle of Sant Salvador de Verdera together make up an outstanding complex of monuments – a must-see for rounding off this transverse route around Romanesque sites. The monastery also houses one of the information offices of the Cap de Creus Natural Park, an area of incomparable beauty that is not to be missed.
Exploring Figueres on foot: Apart from being the birthplace of Salvador Dalí, Figueres is also a lively town where historical buildings are found integrated in narrow streets packed with shops, terraces and stately homes, only half hour drive from Cala Robellada. Important museums which deserve a visit are ‘Dalí Theatre-Museum‘, the ‘Empordà Museum’ and the ‘Toy Museum of Catalonia’. The Sant Ferran Castle, the biggest fortress in Europe towering majestically over the town of Figueres worth while a visit to. It's an impregnable construction standing in a privileged spot. It was in fact the arrival of French troops in the second half of the seventeenth century and the beginning of the eighteenth that made it necessary to have military facilities at that border location.
The Emporda offers an impressive landscape of vineyards while its wines express all the essence of the Mediterranean. The region posseses a worldrenowned gastronomic culture with an authentic constellation of Michelin stars and an infinite selection of home-made cuisine tied to the land and local produce. The Emporda provides quality hospitality and tourism facilities, ideal for sunbathers, culture seekers, activity adventurers and epicures, as well as an array of businesses offering fruit of the vine activities.
'Celler Hugas de Batlle' is a small winery located in the heart of Colera, only few minutes drive from Cala Rovellada.
A number of dishes that are now considered the definitive classics of Catalan cuisine are 'Sarsuela' (fish stew), Canalons (Cannelloni), Botifarra amb Mongetes (Pork Sausage with White Beans), Fricando (Braised Veal with Wild Mushrooms), Faves a la Catalana (Broad Beans with Blood Sausage and Bacon), Samfaina (the Catalan ratatouille) and Gall Dindi Farcit Nadalenc (Stuffed Christmas Turkey, with nuts and dried fruit)