A rainy drive down the spanish coast.

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Room Mate Emma

Flag of Spain  , Catalonia,
Friday, August 13, 2010

We left La Romana for our last drive of this part of our trip. From here we go to Barcelona. The road to Barcelona is mostly highway, so not too inspiring. As Linda had a big craving for some Chinese food we found the closest highest ranked Chinese restaurant in the Valencia area in the town of Benidorm along the Spanish Costa del Sol. I've heard of the place as a vacation destination for beach tourists, but I have never been there. When we drove up to the town it reminded Linda of New Territories in Hong Kong. We found Benidorm to be a horrible place. Packed with tourists, big towering hotels and apartment buildings and awful tourist eateries.

But we came all the way, so we had to find the restaurant 'China Garden'. We managed to park the car and had to walk a bit before we got to the restaurant. We ordered some basic Chinese dishes. The food was of mediocre quality, but enough to satisfy Linda's craving. If this is the highest ranked Chinese restaurant in the Valencia region, I would not want to think about the others.

Anyhow, we continued onwards to Barcelona, mostly on the Auto Pista (toll road). It was raining most of the way, so the scenery was a bit gray and druely. We reached Barcelona, and our funky hotel 'Room Mate Emma' around seven o clock. We found this hotel in a magazine and it appealed to us because of its modern and funky look. It really looks as funky as it did in the magazine. It has a strong 'Star Ship Enterprise' look to it. We checked in and brought our suitcases upstairs. We had to change into some warmer clothes as Barcelona was only around 20 degrees Celsius and we were wearing 40 degrees Celsius outfits. After changing we headed out to the SANTS station. Here we said goodbye to our golf as we returned it to Europcar. Our driving through Spain is done (for now). We drove close to 3500 KM between Marseilles and Barcelona, so I guess we took a bit of a detour.

After returning the car we took the subway back to the neighborhood of the hotel. Here we found Alba Granados, a restaurant which was recommended to us by the receptionist. It was a bit more classy than we had in mind, but it the food was very nice. I tried some authentic Catalan dishes, monkfish with white beans, and spinach and goat cheese salad. The monk fish could have some more taste to it, but the salad was great. As we walked back to the hotel we both felt that Barcelona has a really good atmosphere to it. Tomorrow we'll do some sightseeing.

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