Hotel La Coma
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If I had written this blog on Wednesday evening it would have been very negative. We arrived at Vernet Les Bains in the Pyrenees full of excitement to be heading up into the mountains on the little yellow train. We had taken the 1euro bus from Perpignan as it could take us to Vernet Les Bains, which was the next village on from the train station. And where our hotel was. Well, as can happen with the best laid ...
... the top and a gate at the bottom. We did a tour of the castle and were pleased to find that it included a free tasting of the local Rousillon wines. It did make the steep walk down the narrow stone lane slightly more treacherous.
A lack of Wifi meant a daily trip to McDonalds in Thuir to use their Wifi (how embarrassing, but no, their coffee was quite good!)
We witnessed a mountain bike race down a steep ...
... the season and luckily we timed it perfectly with roadside stalls selling delicious cherries for 4 Euros per kg.
We spent several days driving over the mountains to the French and Spanish coasts. Collioure, on the coast near the Spanish border, reputedly produces the best anchovies in the world. We sampled the boquerones (white ones in vinegar) and the salted variety. Both were fabulous.
There was a huge area of well ...
... before dropping down in to the village of Thorrent and then Sahorre, another lovely village at the head of the valley. It was a climb back up the other side of the valley to Col de Vernet before dropping back down into the valley and the campsite.
It thundered this evening and the temperature dropped significantly.
The campsite is next to a church tower with bells that chime every fifteen minutes. At quarter past it ding dongs, ...
... down on to the road the campsite was on and so followed this back, dodging the hundreds of bikers enjoying the thrill of the windy mountain road.
Sunday 18th May
The campsite proprietor makes homemade bread on Sundays and John bought some for breakfast and lunch. It was the most delicious bread I think I have ever tasted. It was a flat bread style topped with honey and roasted crushed almonds.
We went walking again today but headed south ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Free parking