If you’ve been reading my blog over the last few months you’ll know that I visited Salou back in May and vowed that next time I would walk all the way to the lighthouse. I walked part of the hiking path known as the Cami De Ronda and wrote about it previously here.
But I never completed the part I wanted to. So during my trip this month I decided now was the time!
I started the hike from Salou centre. I didn’t really know much about it other than the fact it would take me to a lighthouse if I kept on walking.
So I set off with my trusty backpack, sunglasses, some water and my watch tracking me via GPS. Google said it would take me 50 minutes… Google was wrong.
I took the above photos the day before my hike. On the day I set off, the weather was not sunny but cloudy. That’s a pretty good thing for a hike as getting burnt on the way is the worst!
You can tell by the colour of the sky in my photos that the weather began to change as the walk progressed.
From Salou beach I followed the signs and they had me twisting and turning around the coastal path that led me from beach to beach. I took a lot of photos so this post will be very heavy on images!
The terrain varies greatly as you head along the route. Sometimes it’s even difficult to figure out which way you’re meant to be heading but once you spot a sign you know you’re going in the right direction!
I absolutely loved staring out at the ocean and admiring the views along the way.
I passed several beaches but I’ve done a pretty bad job of remember their names.
A lot of the paths are easy to follow and it’s really relaxing just having a set route to follow. You don’t have to think about getting lost or where you might end up.
Admittedly, I did get kind of lost a few times… There are occasions when the terrain is like this:
And don’t even get me started on the obstacles!
At one point, I was clambering through bushes taller than me. I couldn’t see anything and had no idea where I was going. I assume I was probably off the coastal path at this point but it led me to a sign so maybe not!
I then found myself walking across a bridge perched over the abyss.
A few jungle trekking moments later..
I finally reached the open and there came the beautiful view again.
If you’ve ever walked this trail then you’ll notice these pictures are very jumbled. I walked for so long and took so many photographs that I can’t actually remember which parts were where. But does it really matter?
One thing I do remember is the moment I walked down these stairs..
I followed it to the left and came to the edge of a cliff that lead down to a beach.
A man came towards me. He was speaking in Spanish and we couldn’t communicate at all. He was an elderly resident of the apartments there and he lead me the right direction to get back on my way. I’ll never forget this moment because of how our inability to speak each others languages made it so very difficult to have a basic conversation.
It really made me want to learn Spanish even more. One thing I did catch from him though was he was very frustrated by the mosquitos! I believe this walk is likely the reason I came home with 37 bites on my legs alone! Oops.
I took this photograph looking back at the apartments he lived in. What a beautiful place to retire.
At this point I wasn’t far from the end, the sun was setting and I was getting tired.
I had encountered dead ends along the way that took me off track..
Challenges that got me testing my ability to not fall down…
And I’d even taken selfies on giant planks of wood that were just perched on rocks overlooking the sea!
But in the end I finally made it to where I was heading.
From here I could even look out on to views of Tarragona in the distance!
The funny thing is, is that it was just a lighthouse.
A lighthouse that took me a whopping 3 hours to get to.
But do you know what?
That’s the funny thing about these things. Just like life.
It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey you take to get there.