Setting off early, within the hour we off-roaded (practically) down thin rocky dirt roads at Cap Llentrisca until we came to a small plaza under a tree which signalled the end of the drivable road.
We continued on foot, marvelling at the views of Isla Es Vedra, an uninhabited rock island shrouded in legend and where compass readings are erratic.
Eventually we found the cove on the opposite side of Es Vedre and started the decent. The climb down was not for the faint hearted, but was definitely worth the effort!
However we found out the hard way that there are no places to get supplies, so make sure you bring them with you!
The beautiful turquoise waters of Cala Llentrisca beach greeted us and the little jetty was charming askew but the backdrop of silent fishing huts (although alluring) were somewhat eerie.
It was a rare treat to have a quite moment to reflect, and then we spent some time floating carefree in the sea.
I would recommend bringing jelly/water shoes though since it was pebbles not sand.
The sauna scent of the trees amplified the thirst and hunger we felt as we hiked back up to the car and fortunately the return journey seemed much faster, although we did pause under the trees to catch our breath and shade ourselves from the unyielding sun.
Once we relocated the car and were back on the road we found a supermarket but forgot about the Siesta (so it was closed). Thankfully there was a little café attached to the side where we managed to get a table and ordered copious amounts of drink. Lesson learnt; we stopped off to stock up on supplies at a local supermarket in Platja d’en Bossa which was open for the tourists.
After walking along the beach we decided to sit and eat at Ushuaïa Beach Club. The fresh watermelon juice was ice cold and incredibly satisfying, I would absolutely recommend! The food was tasty and portion sizes were generous – the perfect recovery food from our morning expedition. I loved the tree trunk tables (and need one for our home!) but the one block of toilet facilities were shared which wasn’t so pleasant. The service was a little too relaxed and we didn’t get one of the drinks we ordered (but since we had a bottle of table water, it wasn’t an issue).
Meeting our friends we then travelled north on some very twisty roads (make sure you take any anti-motion sickness medication if you get travel sick) to Na Xamena to visit the Spa La Posidonia at Hotel Hacienda (you must book in advance as bookings fill up fast). They offer a menu of services; we chose a 45 minute hydrotherapy treatment circuit in the Cascadas Supendidas. These were a series of eight pools which targeted different areas of your body with hydro-jets at different temperatures. Since the warmest pool is mid-way through, I would recommend going slightly earlier in the day when the sun is still high. Some of the jets are very powerful and as a small person, I had to hold on to the sides to stay in one place, which was amusing. Undoubtedly the best parts of this experience were the incredible panoramic view of the cliffs and sea beyond. It was a challenge to take in the full scale and beauty of our surroundings and it felt like such a privilege to be able to experience it. We were served some light snacks before showering (still enjoying the view) and changing.
We were then seated in their Eden Restaurant in time for sunset for a three-course meal (included in the Cascadas Supendidas & dinner package for €86pp). Each table was located on a different level terrace which was intimate but still afforded us beautiful views of the sea, although there was too much cloud to watch the sunset.
The waiters were very attentive, the atmosphere relaxed and food gourmet. As I am allergic to lots of food they were very helpful and ensured that nothing was cross contaminated. The portion sizes were small which wasn’t ideal for our friends since they hadn’t had a large lunch like us. Overall, the whole experience is absolutely worth the trip. If I ever go again, I’d love to stay in the hotel too.
Although sad to leave this “Eden” the night was far from over. We took routes through villages opposed to mountains for a smoother ride back then had a quick nap before meeting for cocktails at The Ninth Bar on the roof of the Hard Rock Hotel.
There we had the perfunctory tequila shots and perused the ample cocktail menu. The more intriguing cocktail we saw was the Redemption Cocktail:
We moved on to Amnesia by taxi and I have never been so shocked at drinks prices; €20 for a bottle of water and €144 for 6 single shot drinks! As you can tell, pre-drinking is a very good idea. The club was heaving but upstairs to the right of the bathrooms was a smaller bar on the balcony, next to the VIP area (and bronze giraffes), which was a great place dance with great views of the stage. The line-up that night was great and included Above & Beyond, Danny Hayward and Freddie Le Grand.
Last modified: 12th August 2015