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    Default Great Mediterranean Coast Hike in Costa Brava, Spain | Day 4 Cerbčre, Portbou, Colera



    Hello, everyone! We are a young couple who dedicates themselve to creating photo and video content, as well as our own music. Our content is related to travelling and adventures. We are passionate walkers who love hiking, trekking and camping. Our goal is to promote the healthy lifestyle, to motivate people to walk more and care for nature around.

    We continue to share with you the Mediterranean coast hiking that we did this year. Discover the variety of landscapes and scenic beaches, its flora and fauna, historical places and small villages. These video series is devoted to the Catalonian part of it, starting from the French village Argelčs-sur-Mer in Pyrénées-Orientales all the way to the Spanish village of Cadaqués and Cap de Creus cape on the Costa Brava. Immerse yourself in the peaceful holiday mood and we bet you'll find a place to put on your travel bucket list and to visit on your next vacation! Or even dare to do this hike yourself!

    The night was extremely windy with the wind fiercely blowing up our tent so it was quite disturbing to our sleep. The Camping Municipal de Cerbere where we stayed was situated right at the edge of the cliff where nothing could block the wind from any side. But we tried hard to sleep as much as we could cause the long day was expecting us. We planned to pass by the town of Cerbere, crossing the border to Portbou in Spain and walk all the way to the little town at the coast Colera. So we got up really early at 6:00 am and we could met the beautiful sunrise right from the sea, had our breakfast and were ready to go. We were really hungry cause the evening before we couldn't find any open supermarket (on Mondays, you know) and our food supplies were close to zero. So we were heading to the town that was a 3 kms walk going along the cliffs. After one hour hiking we got to the town Cerbere, found the supermarket on the central square and were out to find the spot for the breakfast. We decided to walk out of the town to the lighthouse at the edge of a cliff where we hoped to find a nice place to eat. It was a scenic place with the views over the town and a nice resting area with lots of benches. And there were two options to take from the Cerbere town: one going to the peak which looked quite steep but has more potential of great views and the other one going around the mountain partly on the car road that was easier but at the same time less interesting. When we got to the top of the mountain we saw the two towns from above the French town Cerbere and the Spanish Portbou that were very similar looking with two huge railway stations. Then after a steep uphill no less steep downhill was waiting for us. On the way we had to get through lots of cactuses, spiky plants and bushes, crawling down the rocks and balancing on the little falling rocks on the trail. So with the heavy backpacks it was a very challenging task to do. But we were happy we took it because it was a unique and scenic trail going at the edge of a cliff and offering the best views possible. This challenge we'll remember for a long time. When we were getting close to Portbou the trail started to go right at the sea level and we had to jump and climb several rocks before we came out to the town beach. We didn't spend much time in Portbou and got off on the new trail leading us to Colera...

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    Hope you enjoyed our video! Leave us a comment if you have any further questions left or just want to share your experience. We would love to read your feedback - it is very important to us!

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    I'm guessing you have access to supermarkets, eateries, and local food as well as drinking water sources very frequently. If so do you carry low consumable wt? Do you indulge with fresh "live" foods often as you did making the tabouli or quinoa salad with fresh tomato in the other video? That was the situation on a U.S. Oregon Coastal Tr thru hike and multi month U.S. California Coastal Tr segments hike. Most carried was 2 days food and 1.5 L H2O.

    Do the Campgrounds or campsites you're staying have clean drinking water? What's the state of cleanliness of natural water sources like creeks, springs/wells, waterfalls, etc from water borne microbes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    I'm guessing you have access to supermarkets, eateries, and local food as well as drinking water sources very frequently. If so do you carry low consumable wt? Do you indulge with fresh "live" foods often as you did making the tabouli or quinoa salad with fresh tomato in the other video? That was the situation on a U.S. Oregon Coastal Tr thru hike and multi month U.S. California Coastal Tr segments hike. Most carried was 2 days food and 1.5 L H2O.

    Do the Campgrounds or campsites you're staying have clean drinking water? What's the state of cleanliness of natural water sources like creeks, springs/wells, waterfalls, etc from water borne microbes?
    Hello and thank you for all your questions, we'll try to answer as in detail as possible.

    Yes, as we are always passing by towns and small villages we had no problem with finding food or water. Just several times we found ourselves short on food like in this day 4 but that was because we didn't have enough planning for the day, we didn't expect the supermarkets to be closed on Mondays, normally it's Sunday when everything is closed. So we just could carry some extra food for dinner and breakfast and will be good to go.

    Not sure what do you mean by low consumable wt? Not familiar with this abbreviation.

    That's exactly how we did it, food for 2 days was enough, and most of the days we just carried food for one day(dinner and breakfast). So we would buy everything we need at the supemarket at the end of the day, we would have dinner and then breakfast the next day and so we end up carrying just the snacks for the middle day breaks. And yes we always try to eat as much of fresh fruit and veggies as possible, also we can't live without hot cooked meals, so two times a day we are using our gas stove to cook rice, quinoa, oats etc.

    Generally speaking the campsites do not have the free drinking water source just the tap water. Normally you can buy the water in the restaurant/bar inside the camping or sometimes there are the automatic machines. And on this trail we didn't meet many natural water sources due to the fact that we were walking in quite a populated area, but doing a bit of research and looking at the maps you can find the water sources inside the villages sometimes but not often in this case. We were always buying drinking water during this trail.

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    Thank you for answering. You're English is excellent and graciously appreciated. My French is mauvaise.

    Consumable wt is consumable weight. It's that category of what we carry that we're consuming - food, water, and using fuel.

    The tap water: does it always have to be bought? Are there any on trail natural water sources to drink from besides buying water? Are you treating that naturally found water(water found that Nature provides) chemically or filtering?

    Lastly, where did you get the tee shirt that says Let's Escape?

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    Ok, thank you for explaining that, now it's going to be in our vocabulary

    By tap water I meant non-drinking for shower, cleaning purposes etc. No, during this trail we didn't come across any natural water sources. Even though we brought our new Sawyer Mini Filter with us, we didn't get a chance to try it. So when we'll use it more we'll be ready to share our experience.

    It's just the T-shirt that we bought at Decathlon store - one of the largest sporting retailers here. It's actually very cheap costs around 10 dollars and the quality is ok but most of the fabric is cotton and so it doesn't dries very quickly and when you're sweating it can be very annoying sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    Thank you for answering. You're English is excellent and graciously appreciated. My French is mauvaise.

    Consumable wt is consumable weight. It's that category of what we carry that we're consuming - food, water, and using fuel.

    The tap water: does it always have to be bought? Are there any on trail natural water sources to drink from besides buying water? Are you treating that naturally found water(water found that Nature provides) chemically or filtering?

    Lastly, where did you get the tee shirt that says Let's Escape?
    Ok, thank you for explaining that, now it's going to be in our vocabulary

    By tap water I meant non-drinking for shower, cleaning purposes etc. No, during this trail we didn't come across any natural water sources. Even though we brought our new Sawyer Mini Filter with us, we didn't get a chance to try it. So when we'll use it more we'll be ready to share our experience.

    It's just the T-shirt that we bought at Decathlon store - one of the largest sporting retailers here. It's actually very cheap costs around 10 dollars and the quality is ok but most of the fabric is cotton and so it doesn't dries very quickly and when you're sweating it can be very annoying sometimes.

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