Empuriabrava in Spain is one of the world’s largest marinas, and is made up of a huge network of canals. While I was there, we were able to rent a boat and head for a little canal cruise to check out the stunning houses overlooking the waterways.
The boat we hired was electric and monstrously slow, but still proved a little tricky to drive – especially since the wind seemed determined to steer us directly into the expensive yachts moored along the canals! Sam and his brothers took turns driving, and although it looked pretty nerve racking, they all seemed to have quite a lot of fun. Since I’m clumsy and have no coordination, I avoided the driver’s seat and contented myself with enjoying the cool breeze on the water and the lovely, peaceful scenery!
As we cruised the waterways, I was stunned by the beautiful architecture; a sleek mix of modern and traditional Spanish. The private canals leading off on either side were lined with houses, palm trees and yachts, and afforded great views of the distant mountain range. The setting was pretty breathtaking. The houses and gardens were like something straight out of a catalogue; perfectly manicured and impeccably clean, and each one was so glamorous! It was a glimpse into another world; families sped past in yachts, lounging on the decks in their swimwear as they headed out to sea, a few men sat lazily at the end of their gardens with fishing rods and dozed in the sunshine, while other groups sat in the shade with drinks and took a break from the heat.
I loved oggling all the nice houses, and relaxing on a boat in the canals was a fun change from relaxing by the pool all week! As usual, my camera was working overtime and I snapped dozens of pictures, so here is a selection of my favourites. I think they give a really good idea of what the pretty little town of Empuriabrava was like!
We hired a boat from Eco Boats ~ 75 Euros for eight people ~ Carrer del Poblat Tipic s/n, Empuriabrava, 17857 Girona